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SWEDEN HAS MORE CLASSICS THAN CALIFORNIA - Sweden's greasers cruisin' in classic US wheels
www.motoring.co.za ^ | 07/13/2007 | Pia Ohlin

Posted on 07/13/2007 6:26:44 PM PDT by WesternCulture

Vaesteraas, Sweden - Thousands of mint-condition Chevrolets, Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles from the 1950's boulevard-cruise with Brylcreemed greasers draped over the steering wheel and rock 'n roll hits blaring on their radios.

You might think you've been transported back a half-century to small-town America but, no, this is a scene found in any number of towns across Sweden where the early days of the US car culture never went out of style.

(Excerpt) Read more at motoring.co.za ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 1950s; 50s; americandream; california; carenthusiast; carenthusiasts; cars; classiccars; culture; fifties; lifestyle; motoring; raggare; scandinavia; sweden; wheels
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1 posted on 07/13/2007 6:26:47 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

They say they don’t make cars or houses like they used to, thank God.


2 posted on 07/13/2007 6:33:22 PM PDT by rickdylan
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To: martin_fierro

pmub


3 posted on 07/13/2007 6:33:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: WesternCulture


4 posted on 07/13/2007 6:34:47 PM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: WesternCulture

I’ve heard there are a lot in Germany, too.


5 posted on 07/13/2007 6:39:59 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: WesternCulture

related:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1862607/posts


6 posted on 07/13/2007 6:41:12 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Yumpin’ Yiminy!


7 posted on 07/13/2007 6:42:49 PM PDT by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Disambiguator

... classic cars in Cuba as well. They also send our old phones to Mexico and other third world countries and give us the modern (disposable) phones.

all phones are just junk these days.

my aunt had a phone from the 30’s still functioning when she passed in 1993.

try that with the junk that comes out of china, etc.


8 posted on 07/13/2007 6:43:47 PM PDT by television is just wrong (If being against illegal immigration is racist, so be it.)
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To: Disambiguator

“I’ve heard there are a lot in Germany, too.”

- I’m not an expert in this field, but I’d say you’re right.

Two other countries over here in Europe where classic American cars also are very popular are Norway and Denmark.


9 posted on 07/13/2007 6:47:24 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

http://www.americanmuscle.de/videos.html

Just the thumbnails look like something you would see here.

Rednecks are everywhere. :^)


10 posted on 07/13/2007 6:52:34 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: television is just wrong
Those phones were manufactured by Western Electric Inc, a part of Ma Bell - AT&T, and I worked at the King of Prussia plant on 1601 Allendale road reconditioning those phones.

They were engineered and built to last over 50 years - and they did.

Things made today in almost any sector are just junk compared to them.

Buy, use for a very little while, throw away and repeat until you are dead.

What is quality?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

11 posted on 07/13/2007 6:54:56 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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“... classic cars in Cuba as well”

- Cuba probably has more classic American cars per capita than Sweden, or at least in percentage of their total amount of cars. However, some people say the Cuban cars seldom are restored to mint condition like the Swedish ones.

“all phones are just junk these days.”

- I’d say 99% of all ordinary phones are junk. I’ve bought all sorts of phones at various price levels during the last ten years and all of them have been completely useless.

I prefer to use cell phones, most seem to last for at least two years or so.


12 posted on 07/13/2007 7:00:57 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture; Chieftain

classic cars...way cool...Hey Chieftain, post your red beauty!!!!!


13 posted on 07/13/2007 7:06:25 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (We need a troop surge in New Orleans and Philly!)
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To: Disambiguator

IMPRESSIVE!!!

To think some US citizens think we Europeans hate everything about America...

If the MSM and PC politicians of both our continents didn’t exist, we’d be the best of friends today. I’m very convinced of this.

Greetings from Sweden!


14 posted on 07/13/2007 7:11:12 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Stolen classic cars end up in Haiti and the Dominican Republic lol


15 posted on 07/13/2007 7:12:22 PM PDT by Eternal_Bear
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“Stolen classic cars end up in Haiti and the Dominican Republic lol”

- Over there, they are probably ‘slaughtered’, because these cars are worth more if sold by the piece due to the domestic demand for spare parts.


16 posted on 07/13/2007 7:25:29 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Too cool.


17 posted on 07/13/2007 7:32:50 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: WesternCulture

as I said in an earlier writing you left out, the home phones my aunt had from the 30’s were still work in in the 90’s


18 posted on 07/13/2007 7:35:02 PM PDT by television is just wrong (If being against illegal immigration is racist, so be it.)
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To: WesternCulture

Helped “smuggle” a 1959 Caddy Beritz(sp?) convertible to Norway in the 80’s. Guy who “purchased” it fully restored it and built his house around it. Friends could sit in it in his living room. King of Norway borrowed it to drive during part of his yearly tour of the country. This guy told me there were 4 to 5 thousand fully restored classic American cars in Norway. A country of some 4 million people.I got a ride in a Daytona 500 pace car from the 70’s in Trondheim, Norway a 100 miles north of the Arctic circle in December. Not an ice car.


19 posted on 07/13/2007 7:41:57 PM PDT by crabpott (' we are living in the strangest, most perilous, and unbelievable decade in modern memory' VDH)
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To: WesternCulture
They don't drive yet and they have never been to the US, but they have wax in their pompadours, creeper shoes on their feet and rockabilly hits on their iPods.

My kind of people

20 posted on 07/13/2007 7:58:03 PM PDT by philo
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To: WesternCulture

A friend of mine sold two restored clasics to a swede last year.

The Swede told him that they were a real bargin because of the hugh change in rate of exchange over the last few years.


21 posted on 07/13/2007 8:04:01 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Snickersnee
Yumpin’ Yiminy!

LOL, thats great. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

Thanks

22 posted on 07/13/2007 8:26:43 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...temporarily out of service ....()
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To: television is just wrong

“as I said in an earlier writing you left out, the home phones my aunt had from the 30’s were still work in in the 90’s”

- I simply didn’t know what to respond. I feel like I’m very innocent when it comes to the general decline of the telephone industry.

However, it’s obvious that phones of today have more functions than those old ones, but are of much poorer quality.

Phones of today are junk, like you said.


23 posted on 07/13/2007 8:29:54 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: crabpott

That sure is a nice story.

Thanks for sharing, fellow FReeper.

I’ve never owned a classic American car, but I somehow feel very inspired to.

To me, the American cars of the 1950’s and 1960’s are the most ‘American’ cars ever built.

My best friend owned a very nice Mustang some years ago. Often, especially when he’s drunk, he says “Damn, why did I sell that car!”.

Regards


24 posted on 07/13/2007 8:42:14 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: dalereed

“The Swede told him that they were a real bargin because of the hugh change in rate of exchange over the last few years.”

- Prior to closing the deal?


25 posted on 07/13/2007 8:49:06 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

“Prior to closing the deal?”

Sure, he could csre less, he got his asking price.


26 posted on 07/13/2007 8:51:43 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

In that case, I rest my case :-)

Skål!


27 posted on 07/13/2007 8:58:45 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: HoosierHawk
Why don't they make cars this way anymore? They're damn gorgeous.

Of course they only look nice restored. A dirty old car looks depressing.


28 posted on 07/13/2007 9:00:13 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: SteveMcKing

Very nice pics.


29 posted on 07/13/2007 9:02:08 PM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: WesternCulture
I think these are discontinued, but the Nortel M9316 is a great phone. You can use it stand-alone or network four or six of them throughout the house on four wires. It has a built in auto attendant with up to ten mailboxes (three or four are reserved, so actually you only have a max of six mailboxes). It has a GREAT speakerphone. I’ve used one for five years or more and it works as well as brand new.

I spent about $100 for mine on eBay years ago. If you buy one, be sure you get a power supply.

30 posted on 07/13/2007 9:07:32 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Press 4 for ...)
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However, some people say the Cuban cars seldom are restored to mint condition like the Swedish ones.

I don't believe the cars in Cuba are viewed as collector cars and restored...at least not on a wide scale. It is more a matter of "this is all I have to drive, comrade, and it takes everything I can do to keep it running."

31 posted on 07/13/2007 9:32:13 PM PDT by Oliver Boliver Butt
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To: HoosierHawk

I have an 81 delorean, neat. everything original stock equipment.


32 posted on 07/13/2007 9:34:06 PM PDT by television is just wrong (If being against illegal immigration is racist, so be it.)
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Cuba dosen’t have classic cars because they want them. Their still driving the same cars because it is what was their when them embargo started.
33 posted on 07/13/2007 9:42:33 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: Stegall Tx

“I’ve used one for five years or more and it works as well as brand new.”

- I’m not surprised. They were built to last.

The only true advantage of new, ‘ordinary’ telephones compared to products of those days are that they are wireless.

Who needs any of the silly ‘bonus’ functions? I’d prefer them to have a life expectancy of more than 1.5 years, or in the worst cases, to ever function properly at all.


34 posted on 07/13/2007 9:46:46 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Funny how there aren’t really any classic Japanese cars!


35 posted on 07/13/2007 9:51:05 PM PDT by 38special (I mean come on.)
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“Cuba dosen’t have classic cars because they want them. Their still driving the same cars because it is what was their when them embargo started.”

- Just kiddin’.

But truth is, if the Cubans would’ve chose to stick with the West instead of Castro, they could have been a prosperous, democratic nation by now, driving around in nice cars and perhaps having expensive hobbies like restoring classic cars like US Americans and Europeans can afford...


36 posted on 07/13/2007 9:58:01 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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“Funny how there aren’t really any classic Japanese cars!”

- Japanese cars are built to last for a certain amount of miles/km’s, then they break down completely.

Cars like the classic American ones, as well as European products bearing names like ‘Mercedes’ and ‘Volvo’ are more or less indestructable.

Furthermore, Japanese cars have no ‘soul’. The ones who buy them are people who lack a genuine interest for cars.

I like Japan and many aspects of Japanese culture, actually I admire Japan, but I’ll never buy a Japanese car.


37 posted on 07/13/2007 10:08:52 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Those were gas guzzlers and big polluters. How can they get away with driving them in Europe?


38 posted on 07/13/2007 10:11:21 PM PDT by doug from upland ((Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project))
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“Those were gas guzzlers and big polluters. How can they get away with driving them in Europe?”

- Here in Sweden, cars just have to meet with the requirements existing at the time that particular model first was sold on the Swedish market.


39 posted on 07/13/2007 10:19:19 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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Japanese cars have motors designed to outlive the car. This makes the car throw away.

American cars have a design in which the car will outlive the motor. This makes them repairable. Sometimes infinitely repairable.


40 posted on 07/13/2007 10:23:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Those that can do, do. Those that can't do, teach. Those that can't do either, run for office)
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To: WesternCulture

I’ve heard there are also alot of harley-davidsons in sweden.


41 posted on 07/13/2007 10:24:01 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Those that can do, do. Those that can't do, teach. Those that can't do either, run for office)
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“I’ve heard there are also alot of harley-davidsons in sweden.”

- Yes, there are. However, I don’t know how the numbers compare to those of other countries. In any case, the ones you find here, whether they are old or brand new, are often in very good condition.


42 posted on 07/13/2007 11:01:09 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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“Japanese cars have motors designed to outlive the car. This makes the car throw away.

American cars have a design in which the car will outlive the motor. This makes them repairable. Sometimes infinitely repairable.”

- Well said.


43 posted on 07/13/2007 11:01:49 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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Sweet.


44 posted on 07/14/2007 4:13:27 AM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Here ya go!


45 posted on 07/14/2007 9:04:21 AM PDT by Chieftain (RIP 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub and Texas Cowboy, we miss you.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Here's my original Chieftain,(thus the screename).


46 posted on 07/14/2007 9:06:48 AM PDT by Chieftain (RIP 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub and Texas Cowboy, we miss you.)
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To: WesternCulture

47 posted on 07/14/2007 9:11:34 AM PDT by RGPII
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To: television is just wrong
Even the Flux Capacitor?


48 posted on 07/14/2007 9:17:37 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats??)
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To: Chieftain

Excellent!


49 posted on 07/14/2007 9:23:35 AM PDT by RGPII
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To: WesternCulture
Howdy There FRiend!

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

50 posted on 07/14/2007 9:28:29 AM PDT by expatguy (Support - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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