The Volvo racing division was established in 1959, when there was already a series of evidence that the PV444 model had good racing potential: in the race through France, Italy and Yugoslavia, the car won the first prize in the class, in the USA PV444 private riders in the class of cars with engines with a working volume of up to 1,500 cm3 were opposed by Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, MGA and a 1.5 liter Porsche 356.
Gunnar Andersson headed the sports division, he himself quite successfully performed on Volvo (for example, he won the European Rally Championship on PV444/PV544 in the 1958 season). In 1962, Andersson turned his attention to one of Volvo's mechanics, who demonstrated good driving skills on his Volvo P1800. The mechanic's name was Tom Trana and in the 1963 season he got a pilot position in the factory rally team, which at that time was performing on the upgraded version of the 444-th model - Volvo PV544.
Intuition did not let down Andersson: in the same 1963, a newcomer driving a PV544 in a crew with navigator Sun Lundstrom won his first British race, RAC Rally. And the next year, in 1964, in crew number 8, again driving the PV544, but with Gunnar Thermanius as a navigator, Tom Tran won the RAC Rally for the second time in a row.
In general, the Trana/Thermanius crew in the 1964 season, in addition to the RAC Rally, also won the Greek Acropolis Rally, became the second in the Finnish 1000 Lakes Rally, and again won the home Rally of Sweden, having won the European Rally Championship by results driving his PV544 S.