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.
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
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.
Anything Mopar is probably is probably on top of the list like this 1959 Dodge.
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 Dodge Convertible
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.
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.
My ride to the event: 1964 Ford Galaxie with a hot bog block and Tremec five speed. Could be worse.
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.
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.
From the left we have Claes and his son in law, Roland and Jolo.
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.
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.
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!