It’s not too often that you come across a classic Volvo at a cruise night or show, let alone a restored and slightly modified example. We found this 1962 544 at the downtown Palatine cruise night earlier this summer and were drawn to its clean lines and tasteful alterations. A quick walk around the exterior did not disappoint as the shapely body had been restored to like-new condition. We did catch the painted rear bumper and front bumper omission, assuming the owner wanted to tone down the brightwork. White-walled tires add a touch of class.
Poking our head inside the cabin showed an inviting interior that had been thoroughly overhauled. The only deviations from stock that we spied were a late-model audio system and bucket seats, proving that whoever owns this classic cares a good bit about driving pleasure. No word on what was under the hood or if the powerplant was something other than one of the available three inline four-cylinder engines Volvo bestowed in these vehicles.
From the overall looks of it, we liked what we saw and want to know more about how the project came together. We weren’t able to find the owner while at the cruise but we’ll work to uncover more details about this special ride.
UPDATE: The eagle-eyed crew over at BGV Motorsports recognized the car and passed along that Maynard Ostrowski is the proud owner. His cool creation recently earned him a Top Vehicle Award while attending BGV’s Bartlett, Illinois show.
Check out the photo gallery below for more images of this classic cruiser.
Back Then: You may not be able to understand the voiceover, but watch this period commercial, highlighting the many useful features found on the 544. Who knew it would make for cozy overnight outings?
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