Crusing Falkenberg, Sweden 2016

So…if you go to any car show in the US you will notice the complete lack of cars with fins. You know, pretty much anything made in America between 1957 and 1961.

1958 DeSoto

1958 DeSoto

Sure, there is the ever popular 1957 Chevrolet but other than that, fins cars are hard to find. You will see plenty of sixties cars and of course stockers and hot rods from the thirties.

1958 Dodge convertible

1958 Dodge convertible

So where did they all go?? The answer is…Sweden! Ever since the early seventies, the Swedes have had an insatiable appetite for the skyward rear ends and they have been importing anything with fins.

At one point in the seventies, the Swedish import harbor looked like a Sears parking lot in 1961.

The larger the fin, the more popular.

1959 Dodge

Anything Mopar is probably is probably on top of the list like this 1959 Dodge.

1959 Cadillac

Second on the list would probably be the 1959 Cadillac.  These bullet tail light equipped cars have been displayed in Swedish motor magazines ad nausea.

1958 Cadillac convertible

1958 Cadillac Convertible

1958 Dodge convertible

1958 Dodge Convertible

1958 Dodge Custom Royale

1958 Dodge Custom Royale

Another mind blowing event in Sweden’s car world is…cruising. So what, you say? We cruise here in the States don’t we? Yeah, we have the Woodward cruise and similar event but in Sweden the art of cruising is perfected.

1961 chrysler

1961 Chrysler

1963 Chrysler Imperial Convertible

1963 Chrysler Imperial Convertible. At 4840 lbs or 2400 kg for your metric dudes this car is not a lightweight. A 413 cu/inch V8 helps motivate this rare car only made in 531 examples.

1964 Ford Galaxie

My ride to the event: 1964 Ford Galaxie with a hot bog block and Tremec five speed. Could be worse.

1964 Ford Galaxie wrenching

Unlike today’s “solid state” cars, when you have a car with both carburetor AND distributor there will be some tuning and adjustments. In this case one of the plugs gummed up offering us a 7 cylinder ride. It was fixed quickly.

1969 Camaro wrenching

Then it was the Camaro’s turn. The tight fit in the engine compartment caused the firewall to push off one of the ignition wires resulting in another 7 cylinder car! Well, that was fixed as well and off we went.

When your humble editor lived in Sweden in the seventies I used to hang out with some guys that drove American cars. Yup, that is about forty years ago.  Then they all left the American cars behind and started families.  Now the kids are grown and it’s once again time to get behind the wheel of some Detroit iron.

The Gang in Sweden

From the left we have Claes and his son in law,  Roland and Jolo.

Wheels and Wings Falkenberg Sweden

It is hard to grasp the size of this meeting as the camera lens can not capture it all.

With a huge meeting like this, the local city gives up it’s street to organized cruising. Alcohol plays a large roll in cruising and in Sweden it is allowed to be consumed inside the car.  However,  the written (and unwritten) rule is that the driver never touch the stuff.

Crusing Sweden 2016

At this point, my mode of transportation had changed to a 1966 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. This offers a 360 degree view of the cruising.

As the strong European beer and booze get consumed the passengers and spectators become more rowdy as the evening progresses. It goes on way in to the early morning.

Crusing Sweden 2016 Falkenberg

The whole town is shut down and the locals enjoy classic cars cruising all night long.

I could not think of a better way to spend time with my old cruising buddies. Good times, good times indeed!

Cruising Linköping, Sweden, part III

There are actually more things than death and taxes that is a sure thing. We can for example confirm that fall arrives every…fall. This goes for the land of the midnight sun as well. Sweden offers some amazing cruising summers with daylight almost throughout the whole night. On the flip side: Dark winters. What does this mean for classic car enthusiasts in Sweden? Well, great summer cruising and long dark winter to build or restore some amazing cars. It is really not a bad thing. The Swedes builds and restores some of the finest cars on the planet.
For example: I venture to say that there are more American convertibles in Sweden per capita than any other country including USA !

With some nip in the air and fall colors starting to show on the trees our Ace Photographer Lazze Åström ventured out to capture the cruising enthusiast in their natural habitat.

 

1932 Ford Five Window

Traditional style hot rods are the favorite with your Humble Editor. This 1932 Ford five window is spot on!

Super nice car.

1932 Ford Five Window interior

 The interior is very nice as well. We approve.

1968 Dodge Charger black

There are very few gear heads in this world that did not fall in love with the black on black 1968 Charger used in the chase scenes in the Bullitt movie. To see that almost new super straight car being crunched against the concrete wall was just painful. Here is an example that was spared that treatment and for that we are grateful.

1968 Dodge Charger engine

Super nice engine compartment adds to this clean car.
If I should pick on this car I would say a vintage battery would complete the otherwise perfect under hood viewing experience.

 

1968 Dodge Charger front

This is one of the best looking fronts…EVAR!

Plymouth Cuda

Knarly looking ‘Cuda resting among early fall leaves.

 

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454. It’s red…unless you missed that part!

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 emblems

Bold fender badges makes sure that any challenger at the stop light don’t even bother!

 

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 cowl induction

Cowl Induction helps inducting the cowl. Got that?

 

GTO

This GTO is licensed as a 1966 Pontiac Le Mans with 20 owners so far. The car was sold new in Sweden 1966.

 

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1966 Chevrolet Corvair

Porsche

This Porsche 356 convertible is registered as a 1971 Volkswagen so that tells me it is a replica.

Saab 95 Combi Wagon Estate Custom

Most people know about the Saab 96, the front wheel drive two door coupe. Saab also made a two door wagon called model 95. As opposed to Volvo the Saab engineers was adamant that the car was front wheel drive. The advertising was pretty smart: they compared it to pushing a wheel barrow alternatively to pulling one behind you. What scenario would be more stable? They did have a point.

As unusual as a Saab wagon is it is even more unusual to find a customized version. This 1969 custom model actually looks pretty good although it’s a bit overdone.

Saab 95 Combi Wagon Estate Custom rear

 

Volvo Amazon Combi Estate Wagon

This 1966 Volvo Amazon Combi was first put in to service the 14th of October, 1965 and has been enjoyed by 12 owners so far. It was last inspected by the Swedish State Inspection May 8th, 2012. That is just a small portion of how much information the Swedish state makes available on line to anyone.

Volvo Amazon Combi Estate Wagon rear

Your Humble Editor grew up in one of these including the light blue color. This car is enhanced with wider rims on stock centers. We dig!

Photo: Lazze Åström

Crusing Linköping, Sweden, part II

Since ClassicRoad.com is an international conglomerate we have highly trained reporters on all sides of the globe. World Famous Hard Boiled Reporter Lazze Åström in Sweden risks his life to get us the best shots for us. Here is what he found during an infiltration of a car meet in Linköping, Sweden:

Sweden 1957 Chevrolet

The mandatory 1957 Chevrolet that has to be at all car meets. This is a fine example but I feel the Chrysler convertible in the background is more exciting as long as the owner gets rid of those horrible Euro wheels.

Sweden 1957 Chevrolet rear

Trailer hitch tells us that the owner is probably hauling a vintage caravan around when it’s time for the mandatory Swedish four or five weeks vacation. Why do I live in America??

 

1933 Ford Hot ROd

More ZZ Top: 1933? or ’34 Fjord Coupe Street Rod

 

1938 or 1939 Ford truck

1938 or ’39 Ford truck. Very cool.  Note the two blonde hot chicks next to the truck…that’s how all Swedish ladies look like. We do NOT feel sorry for Swedish men! Remind me again…why do I live in America??

 

1955 Chevrolet two door hard top

Since we showed a ’57 Chebby we better show a ’55 as well. This one is tasteful with the American style wheel and small whitewalls.

 

1958 Chevrolet Impala

More Chevrolets: 1958 Impala Sport Coupe

 

1958 Chevrolet Impala rear

Sweden Model A Hot Rod front

1930-1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod. Well done.

 

Sweden Model A Hot Rod

Too low for your Humble Editor’s taste but hey, this is America…ahem, Sweden, land of choices!

 

Sweden Mustangs

My Mustang Fastback is faster that your Mustang…bla, bla, bla…

 

Sweden Chevelle

What is cool with this Chevelle? Well, for one, it is in perfect condition. The other cool part is that it is NOT a bright red Super Sport with a 396 4 speed. It is probably sporting a 307 with a Powerglide. Nice!

 

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang…like you didn’t know that!

 

1959 Ford Cabriolet

1959 Ford Convertible.

Since we are in Sweden we best check out some Swedish cars:

Volvo Amazon Wagon Combi Estate

Yeah, it’s a bit rusty in the rockers and doors but it does have the mandatory roof rack and fender mirrors. I am sure it will be restored at some point.

 

White Volvo 1800

Jensen built Volvo P1800. Check out the older solid rims that has been widened but they kept the old hub caps. We like.

 

Volvo Amazon red

One of the best looking Volvos of all time: Volvo Amazon. Assuming it is stock this would be a 1969 or 1970 model based on the absence of the hood spear and drip rail chrome. Volvo deleted this as of the 1969 model. 46 Red 122 with Minilite or Minilite look-alike wheel. You can’t go wrong with this set up.

Abedeabedeahabedea…That’s all folk.

Photo: Lazze Åström
Text: The Humble Editor

Crusing Linköping, Sweden

So you think America is the only place where motor heads cruise?

Well, that would be…incorrect. Check out these pictures fresh from Sweden. This is a Thursday night cruise that goes on all summer long in Linköping, Sweden.  All cars American are popular as well as some European classics.

As you can see, the quality of these cars rivals any car in the US.

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How about a 1970 Camaro Z-28 muscle car?

 

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This is a little too much ZZ Top for your Humble Editor but as they say in Sweden: Taste is like the rump: divided.

 

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1970 El Camino next to a late forties Ford.

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Cars like these could be seen in the US in the 50’s but this is 2013 and in Sweden. Traditional hot rods are a big thing in Sweden.

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All the right stuff and the right look. Don’t know about the pimp mobile besides it but it looks like the all get along.

 

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I was told that a lot of rubber is laid down once these folks decide to call it an evening.

There you have it. Now get out and cruise!

Photo: Lars Åström