Winter Swedish Meet

The Tripple X burger restaurant in Issaquah Washington hosts some kind of car event just about every weekend. The local Volvo club has a meet every February, rain or shine. This time it was a little more rain than shine but Volvo folks (and Volvos) are a hardy so Swedish cars filled the parking lot. As usual Volvo have the largest representation but a few Saabs participated as well.

Volvo Saab Meet, Volvo Duett

This restored Volvo Duett is beautiful. The favorite among tradesmen in Sweden when new and most of them were pretty beat up just after a few years. Even the local fish mongler enjoyed the utility of this car so it earned the nickname “Fish car” in Sweden.

Volvo Saab Meet, Volvo PV

Since we assume you can read, we also assume that you can tell that this is a 1957 Volvo 444 next to a 1953 Volvo 444. Both in excellent condition and driven often.

Volvo Saab Meet, Volvo 122S wagon

Lowered and with some wider rims this 1968 Volvo 122S wagon is sporting some attitude. Last year for the 122 in the US market.

Volvo 1800S

What would a Swedish meet be without the Volvo 1800S?

RM1800

While infuriating all the English auto manufacturers Sir Roger Moore opted for this Swedish sport car in the TV series “The Saint”  instead of one supported by the infamous Lucas electric system. He probably wanted to have lights working when chasing the bad guys.

 

Saab Sonett

All wrapped up! This Saab Sonett had been completely wrapped in vinyl media. The owner told me that it was a lot of work but now he has a very unique Saab, not to mention chip resistant.

Saab Sonett Rear panel

Saab V4 red front

This Saab V4 rolled in and drew a big crowd quickly. This car had been treated to a very nice restoration.

Saab V4 red

Saab V4 engine

Half a V8. The V4 from European Ford did offer the Saab decent power and was rather reliable.

Please find below just an boring ordinary Volvo DL

Volvo 242DL with V8

Well, I must say it is very nice but it is still just a boring plain Volvo DL…right??

Volvo 242DL with V8 Corvette engine

Wrong!

With an LS fuel injected Corvette engine and a 5 speed this car is anything BUT boring. The installation looks like the factory did it and that is the golden rule in engine swapping. The builder did everything right, right down to the shifter coming out of the stock location. The owner claims everything is holding up well. Sleeper City! Nice work.

Saab 900

This Saab 900 brings back fond memories for your Humble Editor as my first job in America was to work on these.

 

1972 Sweeeeedish Saaaaaaab V4

Nothing like seeing a vintage car being used as daily driver. This car rolled in close to my office and I had to go out and take a peak.

This also explains the lousy cell phone pictures but it is what it is.

This 1972 Saab V4 is in excellent condition. Even the dash pad is mint. Now I want one!

The body is super straight and those wheels looks just right on this car.

The interior is perfect.

The flowing rear of this car shows design that was way ahead if its time.

I have never seen these Panasport/Minilite wheels in this bolt pattern. Coolness.

So what do we learn? Well, not all vintage cool Swedish cars are made by Volvo!

 

All Swedish Meet, Feb 19, 2012

The sixth annual All Swedish Cruise took place in Issaquah, Washington at the vintage XXX drive in. The local Puget Sound Volvo Sports America is in charge of this event spearheaded by enthusiasts Gary Ramstad and Gail Ritchie. We thank them for their efforts to make this show happen.

The weather gods decided to hold off on the wet stuff for this day as well.

Of course the pièce de résistance was the Volvo 123GT cars in triplets. Well, not really but great fun. From the left: Chris Horn from Oregon, Mat Shelton with family and your Humble Editor on the right.

Thanks guys for coming together for this photo op.

 

Peter King’s super nice custom Amazon. He bought in new in Sweden on a European Delivery Program and has pictures to prove it. Yes, I have harassed him for copies. Stay tuned…

 

Peter’s car is sporting a power steering unit from a 164. A very clean install.

 

The car is featuring some subtle mods like this sunken license plate.

 

 

“Hästkraft” mean horse power. I don’t know how many this Amazon had…

 

You guessed it…it’s Swedish ! Walt Tartar ‘s very nice 1953 PV.

 

Gary Ramstad’s super nice 1962 Volvo 544 PV

 

1964 Black PV544 owned by Dick Libby.

 

The Volvo 1800 gang was out in full force. This is timely since this is the 50’s anniversary of this beautiful model.

 

This 1966 1800S is owned by Gordan Freske. It has older style Jensen bumpers, grille and air intake. We like it..

 

This 1966 Volvo 1800S race car was one of the nicest cars in the show. Usually race cars are built crudely and of course purpose built but the execution and finish rivaled the show cars in the meet.

 

200 hp with SU’s…Love it!

 

Everywhere you looked…quality workmanship.

 

Here is how you loose weight. Drill baby drill! This car weighs 2000 lbs about 900kg.

 

These are Lincoln 15 X 6 wheels. A great way to bring down the unsprung weight.

 

Creative use of hub caps.

 

One of the nicest Volvo Duett we have ever seen. Owned by John Chattin-Nichols.

 

1972 1800ES with trailer is owned by Howard Haefner’s from Olympia.

 

…with matching wheels. Nice!

 

Bob Hemion’s Gold 1973 1800ES

 

Bill Gaw’s Orange 1973 1800ES

 

Ra-ta-ta-ta… Since this was an all Swedish meet it includes Saabs. Cool cars.

Ingvar Carlson 1960 Saab 93.

 

1966 Monte Carlo 850 owned Phil Lakefield Jr.

 

There you go…the 6th annual Swedish Meet went great. We look forward to the 7th.