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Ultra rare cars & other treasures of the Volvo museum

Autocar Logo By Ronan Glon of Autocar | Slide 2 of 29: Volvo made its first series-produced car, the ÖV 4, on 14 April 1927. Sales manager Hilmer Johansson got behind the wheel of car number one to ceremoniously drive it off the assembly line and quickly noticed it only moved backwards. The differential gear in the rear axle had been installed improperly. Shop foreman Johan Fingal fixed the car in 10 minutes and the celebrations carried on as planned. Volvo made 204 ÖV 4s between 1927 and 1929. Only a small handful survive today.

ÖV 4 (1927)

Volvo made its first series-produced car, the ÖV 4, on 14 April 1927. Sales manager Hilmer Johansson got behind the wheel of car number one to ceremoniously drive it off the assembly line and quickly noticed it only moved backwards.

The differential gear in the rear axle had been installed improperly. Shop foreman Johan Fingal fixed the car in 10 minutes and the celebrations carried on as planned.

Volvo made 204 ÖV 4s between 1927 and 1929. Only a small handful survive today.

© Ronan Glon/Autocar

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