Volvo ÖV 4 is First Produced
Volvo ÖV 4 is the first car built by Volvo.
The designation ÖV4 stands for , "Öppen Vagn 4 cylindrar" in Swedish, which means Open Carriage 4 cylinders. The model ÖV4 was often referred to as "Jakob" but that was just a name for one of the 10 pre-series ÖV4 that was ready on July 25 Jakob's name-day. All 10 prototypes were assembled in Stockholm at the company AB Galco, Hälsingegatan 41 where Gustav Larson worked at that time. Only one of the 10 pre-series cars manufactured during 1926 was saved for posterity and is housed in Volvo Museum, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The engine was designed by Gustav Larson and its main chassis components by Jan G. Smith, a designer who had worked many years in the American automobile industry and returned to Sweden in 1924. Many of Jan G. Smith's original drawings for the ÖV4 and other technical papers that he collected in America are saved in the archive of the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
When the first series produced ÖV4 was about to drive out of the factory and engineer Eric Carlberg put it into first gear, the car was reversing. The explanation was that the differential gear in the rear axle had been fitted wrongly. This mistake delayed the introduction by one day and the official introduction day for the ÖV4 was then adjusted to the April 14, 1927, the day AB Volvo officially says the automobile company Volvo was "born"— this is from a marketing point of view. The company as an automobile company was born as a subsidiary company to SKF August 10, 1926. The cabriolet was not very successful in the Swedish climate; the covered version, PV4 was introduced in the end of 1928. Between 1927 and 1929 a total of 996 cars were manufactured.
The first series-produced Volvo car left the Lundby factory on April 14th 1927. ÖV4 was the Volvo designation for this open car with 4 cylinders. The body was built on an ash and beech frame, covered with sheet metal and was only available in one colour combination, dark blue with black wings. The ÖV4 was nicknamed "Jakob".
OV4 means "Open Vagn 4 cylindrar" inspired by a by Swedish word. The model OV4 was also known as Jakob but that was just a name for one of the 10 pre-series OV4. The car was totally assembled in Stockholm at the company AB Galco, Halsingegatan 41. Out of them the 10 pre-series cars manufactured was saved for the history and now belongs to Volvo Industrial Museum.
Volvo OV4 is the very first car built by Volvo. The engine of OV4 Volvo car was designed by Gustav Larson. In Gothenburg officially 10 pm on the 14th April 1927 The series version of OV4 was introduced. In the period between 1927 to 1929, 996 cars were manufactured totally.
The first OV4 was driven out of the factory in reverse because the differential gear in the rear axle, been fitted wrong. The mistake was immediately crosschecked and corrected and remaining vehicles left the factory properly, only with the one day delay.