Volvo

First Volvo . . .

Volvo began as a subsidiary of Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF. Its debut car was the ÖV 4 convertible, which went into production in April 1927.

Because its rear axle hadn’t been assembled properly, the very first ÖV 4 went backwards instead of forwards when an engineer attempted to drive it out of the factory.

This would be a publicity disaster if it happened today, but it didn’t cause much concern in 1927 and Volvo’s reputation did not suffer.