Volvo Duett

The Duett is an automobile from Volvo that was in production from 1953[1] to 1969.[2]

Volvo Duett
Volvo 211 at Djurgarden Stockholm.jpg
ManufacturerVolvo Personvagnar
Body and chassis
Body styleEstate
LayoutFR layout
RelatedVolvo PV444/544
Engine1.8 L B18A I4
Transmission4-speed M40 manual
Wheelbase2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length4,400 mm (173.2 in)
Width1,600 mm (63.0 in)
Height1,700 mm (66.9 in)
SuccessorVolvo 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.

The Duett was produced in three body styles: an estate car (or station wagon), a panel van, and, in small numbers, a bare chassis with no body from the windshield rearward.

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.

A 1965 Volvo Duett (21134E)

While the Duett has been criticised 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 specialised commercial vehicles. The versatility of the ladder-frame design also made the Duett a popular choice as a base for customised 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.

Model designationsEdit


The PV445's bodywork was based on the PV444 saloon car and shared its two-piece flat paned windshield.


The P210[3] replaced the P445 in the fall of 1960. It is most easily distinguishable from the PV445 by its use of a single-piece curved windshield, which it shares with the PV544.

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.



  1. ^ Volvo Car Corporation. "PV445/PV445". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  2. ^ Volvo Car Corporation. "P210 DUETT". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
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