While the World War II was taking place, the management of Volvo felt that after the war fuel prices would shoot up and so started working on a model that would offer maximum fuel economy.
And so in 1944 the PV444 was launched in Sweden. The response they received was overwhelming and production began. They continued until an improved model was introduced in 1958. With large tail-lights and 4 speed manual transmission, this model was the PV544.
Then in 1965 something happened in the racing world that Volvo will never forget. Driving the PV544 car were Kenyans Joginder Singh Bhachu and his brother Jaswant Singh Bhachu in the East African Rally.
Starting from Nairobi, they left Kenya for Uganda with both Citroen and a Mercedes-Benz trailing in the first part of the race. But the brothers maintained a lead all throughout. The closest was a lady driver call Patricia Moss who was driving a Saab and was behind the brothers by only sixty seconds. Soon rains began and as the route went further towards the south, it became worst with the downpour and the roads becoming slushy and Patricia Ross crashes into a truck.
The brothers win the race handsomely with their car #1 ahead by 1.5 hours from the second spot winner.
The country went berserk. As the first Kenyan and only non-European to win an international rally the Singh brothers became a hero overnight. People start addressing the elder brother Joginder in Swahili as ‘Simba wa Kenya’ (Lion of Kenya) while the local Sikh fraternity and media started called him the ‘Flying Sikh’.
An extremely rare collectible in scale size 1:43.
*to know more about this race and him please read our BLOG - Flying Sikh
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3.5 x 2.5|
|Theme||Racing - Rally|