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

Goodguys, WA 2013

The fairground in Puyallup Washington was once again filled with hot rods from all over the country. The weather was perfect with sun and temps in the low eighties.

Armed with 100 SPF ultraviolet protection goop smeared all over my thin Northern European skin, sturdy boots with clean socks and my Canon shooter I embarked on a photo safari.

GG2013 1956 Chevrolet Gasser

Let’s start with the gassers. These high in the nose ruppety-ruppety cars are seen (and HEARD!) cruising around the fairgrounds all weekend. That’s a good thing as vintage cars and hot rods in motion is far more interesting than static parked vehicles.

GG2013 Willys Gasser

Like this Willys gasser…coming…

GG2013 Willys Gasser going

…and going!

Chev Gasser

The Puyallup fairground offer perfect “roads” for cruising around. You can just pull up a chair and add a cold beverage and enjoy a rolling cars show. You would see this nasty looking Chevrolet gasser rolling by…Cool !

Chevrolet Gasser going

…and there it goes!

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser

Robin Rickard from University Place brought his bad ass 1955 Chevy gasser. Ooops, I said ass. Oh well, it’s just that…bad ass.

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser engine

With a power plant like this, Robin only has one message:

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser RACE ME

RACE ME !

OK, enough of the gasser stuff. Let’s look at some trucks!

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck small

Rex Faubion did not have to travel very far since he lives in Puyallup. He did however bring a very nice truck.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck side

This very stock 1965 Chevrolet C-10 is flawless.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck interior

The interior is as nice as the outside.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck engine

The original High Torque 292 six is still doing great as the truck has very low miles. Sixes are sexy!

1953 Chevrolet Truck

Wayne Seeley from Bremerton brought this super clean 1953 Chevrolet pick up powered by the most trusted engine and transmission combo in the world: 350/350. ’nuff said about that!

1940 Ford truck

Trevor from Snohomish rolled in with style in his just assembled 1940 Ford truck. Powered by a Y-block it moves along just fine. Hauling a bad ass chopper did not hurt the look either.

1957 Ford Ranchero hood open

I think we can archive this under trucks as well. I am not a big fan of the blingy wheels but I dig the colors and stance.

I don’t like to see the hood open as it looks like they are broken down by the side of the road waiting for AAA to show up! When I asked the owner (very politely) if he could close the hood for a photo hi snickered at me. Maybe he thought I was stupid, I am not sure.

1957 Ford Ranchero hood closed

Doesn’t that look better? Anyway, moving on…

 Moving on to hot rods

1932 Ford Roadster Traditional hot rod

Dave York from Surrey, BC brought down his 1932 Ford Roadster built in a traditional hot rod style. Even the top was made in stained but nice material and it looks great. In the background you can spot Doug Grande’s equally traditional 1932 Ford five window coupe.

1932 Ford Roadster Traditional hot rod side

Looks good from any angle. Love the aggressive stance.

1935 Ford Roadster

Mike Bach from Ellensburg brought this flathead powered 1935 Ford Roadster.

1935 Ford Roadster front

1935 Ford Roadster interior

 

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod

Roy Rockwell from Hoquiam brought this very nice 1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod.

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod small block

If…I say IF, I really mean it…IF…you are going to insist on putting a small block Chevrolet in a Ford hot rod…THIS…is the ONLY way to do it. Make it look like it was just pulled out of a low mileage 1957 Chevy at the junk yard.

 

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod rear

Very tasteful hot rod.

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue

Mike Bach brought this flathead powered 1939 Ford coupe. Looks freshly built but it was already for sale. I am guessing he builds these things for a living.

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue front

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue interior

Nice…but that’s a lot of blue me thinks…

1932 Ford Five Window Black
Terry Skipple’s super nice 1932 Ford five window coupe

1932 Ford Sedan

Brian Aldridge’s 1932 Ford sedan is a stunner. Brian does ALL the work himself including a professional paint job.

1932 Ford Sedan up close

Yup, looks great up close.

1940 Ford Copper

In the never ending parade of rolling iron we spotted this copper 1940 Ford coupe. The beige steelies and thin white walls works well on this car.

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod inside show small

Your Humble Editor’s latest build was displayed inside. It landed Magnum Axle Top Award, kinda cool for the owner.

Let’s end this report with some hi tech stuff. A 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback called “Mach Forty”

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty front

With a mid mounted engine from a GT40 car it is very different. Workmanship and quality is bar none. I did hear that the bill ended around 2 mil, I can actually believe that.

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty rear

There you have it folks, another day in paradise !