Second Owner Bought this 1962 Volvo 544 B-18 Sport 49 Years Ago
Owner: Bob Alder
Location: Denver, Colorado
Year, Make, & Model: 1962 Volvo 544 B-18 Sport
Bob Alder has loved cars for so long that he can’t even remember not being interested in them. He became the second owner of this Volvo back in 1964 and hasn’t let it out of his sight since. It was his daily driver for 33 years, and although it was running fine at the time, he did a complete restoration on the car in 1997 and retired it from everyday use.
It was just dumb luck that Bob obtained this beautiful Volvo—he was in the right place at the right time. In 1964, Bob traded in his 1949 Oldsmobile two-door Rocket 88 businessman’s coupe at the local Volvo dealership in Denver and got $75 towards the $1,500 Volvo, which sold new for $2,300 two years earlier. (Bob lamented to us the fact that he doesn’t have his Oldsmobile today. Instead, he’s had to settle for the Danbury Mint die-cast model, but at least it’s in the exact color as his old car.)
These days, Bob takes his 53-year-old Volvo out only a couple of times a year, usually for a car show or another special car occasion. He loves that without fail the Volvo draws a crowd no matter where he takes it. He isn’t shy about praising his Volvo; he claims he’s never seen one as nice as his.
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