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The Swedish based automaker is celebrating 85 years of existence since the first car rolled off the assembly line.

The first ever Volvo model was made on the 14th of April, 1927, at the Lundby plant in Goteborg. Named the OV4, the vehicle was first driven by the company’s sales manager, Hilmer Johansson on the same day, at 10 a.m., and the car manufacturer is now celebrating 85 years since the event. The OV4 name was short for “Oppen Vagn 4 cylindar” or “Open Top 4 cylinders”, but the vehicle was nicknamed the Jackob.

The Jackob was driven once again in order to celebrate the initial event which took place 85 years ago by the Volvo Car Corporation president and CEO, Stefan Jacoby, and by the Volvo Group CEO and president, Olof Persson, who were deeply impressed by the vehicle.

“It is a fantastic automobile, but you can see how much our cars have evolved in 85 years”, said the company’s president and CEO, Olof Persson.

The Volvo Car Corporation was founded by Gustaf Larson and Assar Gabrielsson and during the first year, the company produced only 300 cars. Now, 85 years after, Volvo is a global brand, selling approximately 500,000 units annually in over 120 countries, with its largest market being the United States of America. On the 14th of April 2012, Volvo will organize a parade of historic vehicles and new models in downtown Goteborg and the Volvo Museum will be opened to visitors between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., free of charge.