Rare Volvo ÖV4 Travels To Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

Volvo ÖV4
Volvo ÖV4

Swedish automotive fans will be able to see a rare Volvo ÖV4 on display at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 8 – 10 November 2019.

One of only ten known to exist worldwide, the Volvo ÖV4 to be showcased at Birmingham NEC is described as one of the best examples ever restored by Swedish experts. Dressed in its original colours of dark blue and black, it was registered on January 1928 and is set to please Volvo enthusiasts.

The ÖV4’s strange name was derived from the acronym for Öppen Vagn (open car), with the 4 relating to the number of cylinders of the engine. The 1,944cc side-valve powertrain meant the classic Swede was far from rapid, delivering a frugal 28hp and transmitted via a three-speed gearbox. Brakes were of the era and actuated via mechanical linkage onto the rear wheels only.

Of the ten prototypes, nine were open tourers and the other boasting a hard-top passenger-carrying sedan, which was called the PV4.

Volvo ÖV4
Volvo ÖV4

Show Director, Lee Masters:
“This really is an amazing opportunity for Volvo enthusiasts. We have many special cars at the show but the fact that this one has never appeared in the UK before, and represents the very beginning of Volvo’s history, is something we are especially proud of.”

Produced between 1927 and 1929, a reported 205 OV4s followed the prototypes with bodywork constructed using steel panels over a wooden frame. The standard ‘Mars’ or ‘iron’ branding on their radiator was to signify the use of Swedish iron and steel that the car was produced from. The well known Volvo branding was born from the very diagonal support bar that held the cooling radiator in place and was used from that point onwards.

Other Volvo Classics On Show

There are also plenty of other treats in store for visitors to the Club’s stand. A number of Amazon models will be on display, including a beautifully restored example that once appeared in the television show, Peak Practice. Owned by Peter Ragg, GYT 791C is a 1965 model that is affectionately known as ‘Violet’.

An opportunity not to be missed, Volvo fans will certainly want to head to stand 5-260 to see what promises to be a very special display.


Tickets to see the rare Volv classics and many others can be obtained via this link.

Floorplan can be downloaded via this link.

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