|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||3,670 cc (3.7 L) EC I6|
|Transmission||3-speed manual with optional overdrive|
|Wheelbase||2,880 mm (113.4 in)|
|Curb weight||1,540 kg (3,395 lb)|
|Predecessor||Volvo PV 36|
|Successor||Volvo PV 60|
The Volvo cars were quite expensive compared to their imported competitors. The PV51 was the answer to a request from Volvo’s dealers to offer a smaller and less expensive model. The rear end of the body was similar to the Carioca, but the front was new and the interior was simplified, to cut the price. The PV51 had to make do with a live front axle.
In March 1938 the PV51 Special and the PV52 Special were introduced. On these cars the spare wheel was moved from the bootlid to the boot floor. The cars had an expanded boot to increase the luggage space.
- PV51: 1936-38, 1754 cars built, base model
- PV52: 1937-38, 1046 cars built, de luxe model
- PV51 ch: 1936-38, 205 cars built, commercial chassis
After the outbreak of the Second World War production continued, to provide transportation to the Swedish Armed Forces and other official functions. Most of these war time cars had a wood gas generator mounted on a trailer behind the car, since the engine had been converted to run on this domestic fuel.
- PV53: 1938-45, 1204 cars built, base model
- PV54: 1938-45, 814 cars built, base model with larger boot
- PV55: 1938-45, 286 cars built, de luxe model
- PV56: 1938-45, 1321 cars built, de luxe model with larger boot
- PV57: 1938-45, 275 cars built, commercial chassis
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- Volvo Personvagnar-från 20-tal till 80-tal by Björn-Eric Lindh, 1984. ISBN 91-86442-06-6 (in Swedish)
- "Volvo: The Swedish Individualist". Motor. Vol. 152 no. 3919. 26 November 1977. pp. 34–39.