Sunday, August 6, 2017

American Cars in Sweden

A Contribution from Dr. Juan Santamarina:


We've been traveling around Denmark, Norway, and Sweden the last couple of weeks. Some great driving here--spectacular scenery. Wonderful all around though super expensive!

Anyway, one of the very interesting things I've discovered is the Swedish love of American cars, from brand new to old. Last night we were eating outside at renowned fish restaurant (Sturehof) in the center of Stockholm on the luxury shopping street (Birger-Jarlsgatan) and discovered that it's a major "cruising" scene for people with US cars-by the hundreds!  It was extra entertainment the whole time we ate. Classic 1950s onward, pre1950s ones made into hot rods, lots of 60s-70s muscle cars, plus new Mustangs, Camaros, F-150 to 350s, a couple of them diesels with the truck exhausts, and classic 911s mixed in with Ferraris, R8s, etc. though the majority were the old US cars of every type imaginable!  Amazing. Attached are a couple of pics. One favorite of mine was a perfect late 1950s Continental.

I've read a few popular articles on the topic so far and also looked up dealers in Stockholm. One I ran across is called "Exclusive Cars of Stockholm" and specializes in new Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, Cadillacs, Chargers, etc. Fascinating.

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