|Body and chassis|
|Engine||1.8 L B18A I4|
|Transmission||4-speed M40 manual|
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm (102.4 in)|
|Length||4,400 mm (173.2 in)|
|Width||1,600 mm (63.0 in)|
|Height||1,700 mm (66.9 in)|
|Successor||Volvo 145 Express|
The name Duett was intended to signify a car that could be used as a delivery vehicle during the week and as a comfortable sedan away from work.
Ladder frame designEdit
The design is based on the Volvo PV sedan and shares its engine and front suspension with that model. However, unlike the PV, which had a unibody design and a coil spring rear suspension, the Duett used a ladder frame with leaf springs supporting the rear.
While the Duett has been criticized as a regressive design by those who point out that the ladder-frame car was based on Volvo's first unibodied car; the use of a separate ladder chassis provided Volvo with an easy solution in their desire to produce a suitable commercial vehicle. The availability of the bare chassis also allowed Swedish coach builders such as Grip, Valbo and Nordbergs to build Duett-based pickup trucks, convertibles and specialized commercial vehicles. The versatility of the ladder-frame design also made the Duett a popular choice as a base for customized vehicles such as hot rods and EPA tractors.
The Duett was the only automobile marketed by Volvo in the United States that used a separate frame. All other models were of unibody construction.
The PV445's bodywork was based on the PV444 saloon car and shared its two-piece flat paned windshield.
Demise and replacementEdit
The final P210 rolled off the line in 1969, four years after the end of production of the PV544 on which it was based. The Duett was replaced by the Volvo 145 Express.
- Volvo Car Corporation. "PV445/PV445". www.volvocars.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
- Volvo Car Corporation. "P210 DUETT". www.volvocars.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
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