Tekst: Bjarne Gjellum
Onsdag 31. Mai hadde vi utemøte på Burud, nærmere bestemt Norsk Motorhistorisk Senter.
Dette er en perle gjemt i frodig landskap mellom Skotselv og Hokksund. Frivillige har donert tusenvis av timer med arbeid for å lage en unik samling av veteranbiler, motorsykler, brannbiler og mye mer. De arrangerer åpent hus hver Onsdag ettermiddag hvor bilentusiaster kan vise frem skattene sine.
De av oss som hadde mulighet til å bli med, ble alle overrasket over hvor mange som hadde tatt turen for å vise frem kjøretøyene sine. Vi fikk en liten prat med Thorbjørn Formo om dette stedets historie og noen ekstra bonus historier som vi satte stor pris på å få høre.
Praten satte hodene våre i riktig stemning i det vi skulle ta frem apparatene og knipse noen bilder.
Denne dagen sto solen høyt på himmelen og det var ikke en sky i sikte. Dette ga en liten utfordring i å finne de beste alternativene for biler i pent lys, men jeg synes vi lykkes ganske bra. Objektivvalget gikk i alt fra vidvinkel til teleobjektiver, mange muligheter for å eksperimentere med utsnitt. Dette var en fin liten utflukt og en opplevelse som vi kan anbefale til både fotointeresserte, bilinteresserte og alle andre som syntes dette hørtes spennende ut.
In 1958, the PV544 was phased in. Subtle differences with the PV444 included the introduction of a curved one-piece windshield to replace the two panes of flat glass, larger taillights, and a ribbon-type speedometer. The 444's three-speed manual transmission was also supplanted by a four-speed unit in the 544. The interior was modified to accommodate five people instead of four by increasing the width of the back seat and using thinner backrests on the front seats.
The next significant change occurred in 1962, when the B16 was replaced by Volvo's new B18 engine, initially developed for the P1800 sports car introduced the previous year. This 1.8 L engine had five main bearings. Again single and twin carburettor versions were offered, designated B18A and B18D, respectively. The US market saw very few[vague] B18A cars since the United States' public prioritised performance over fuel economy. Also in 1962, Volvo changed from 6- to 12-volt electrical systems. In 1963 Volvo began producing the 544 at their new Canadian Dartmouth/Halifax plant, the first Volvo plant to be located outside of Sweden.
The 544 received incremental mechanical revisions and trim changes until its final production year of 1965. Exactly 440,000 units were built during the 18-year run. The car had so endeared itself to its owners that Volvo ran self-deprecating advertisements in late 1965 and early 1966 imploring PV owners not to be angry with the company.
The Duett's utility allowed Volvo to continue the wagon's production through the 1969 model year. These were then replaced in some markets by a high-roof version of the Volvo 145, called the Express.
The Graham-Paige 835 introduced at the New York Automobile Show in January 1928 was the largest of that year's Graham-Paige range. It was powered by a 120 bhp, 5279 cc straight eight-cylinder L-head engine bought in from Continental. The transmission was a Warner Gear four-speed unit with first intended only as a reserve or emergency gear, second for normal starts and third and fourth as a choice as top gear depending on road conditions. The 135-inch (3,400 mm) wheelbase chassis had balloon tires and pressed steel wheels.
The 835 model was revised for 1929 and was offered in two sizes designated the 827 and 837, on 127-inch (3,200 mm) and 137-inch (3,500 mm) wheelbases respectively. The engines were rubber mounted.
The Ford Model A (also colloquially called the A-Model Ford or the A, and A-bone among hot rodders and customizers) was the Ford Motor Company's second market success, replacing the venerable Model T which had been produced for 18 years. It was first produced on October 20, 1927, but not introduced until December 2. This new Model A (a previous model had used the name in 1903–04) was designated a 1928 model and was available in four standard colors.
By February 4, 1929, one million Model As had been sold, and by July 24, two million. The range of body styles ran from the Tudor at US$500 (in grey, green, or black) ($8,521 in 2022 dollars) to the town car with a dual cowl at US$1,200 ($20,451 in 2022 dollars ). In March 1930, Model A sales hit three million, and there were nine body styles available.
Model A production ended in March 1932, after 4,858,644 had been made in all body styles. Its successor was the Model B, which featured an updated inline four-cylinder engine, as well as the Model 18, which introduced Ford's new flathead (sidevalve) V8 engine.