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A fenderless Swedish 1932 Ford roadster at an ice-race in the late 1930s. Photo courtesy of Lars Bergmark - Ford V8-Klubb Sverige.
Peter Billing's 1932 Ford Cabriolet was built in Lidingö, Sweden in 1958.
Bosse Ericsson's 1932 Ford Roadster of Norrtälje in Stockholm, Sweden. Built in 1959, Bosse's Ford was one of the first hot rods in Sweden to run a Chevrolet V8 engine.
A group of early Swedish hot rods on their way to Kanonloppet in Karlskoga in 1959. The cars in the front row, from right to left, are Lennart Djurberg's 1932 Ford roadster, Janne Eriksson's 1932 Ford roadster and Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford roadster. The cars in the back row, from right to left, are Peter Billing's brother's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster, Peder Lundgren's Ford Model A Roadster and Peter Billing's 1932 Ford Cabriolet. Photo courtesy of Leif Hultdin.[1]
Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford roadster as it looked by the end of the summer of 1959. By now, Roland has removed the running boards, bobbed the rear fenders and installed motorcycle-type fenders up front and Moon discs. The Moon discs were purchased in San Francisco in the summer of 1958. Notice the Moon and Mobil flying horse sticker on the firewall. Photo courtesy of Leif Hultdin.[1]
Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford roadster next to Peder Lundgren's Ford Model A Roadster. Roland and Peder's roadsters were channeled during the winter of 1959, and they were probably the first channeled hot rods in Sweden. Photo courtesy of Leif Hultdin.[1]
Hasse Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1938 Chevrolet Convertible of Huddinge in Stockholm, Sweden as it appeared in the early 1960s. Bo Sandberg and his girlfriend Morris gave the car a flame paint job in 1962.
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird of Älvesjö in Stockholm, Sweden. This version of Bo's first Thunderbird was completed in 1962.
Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster on the cover of Teknik för alla December 1963. According to the caption, the hot rod sport has now come to Sweden. Scan provided by Raggmunk.[2]
The first version of Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster, of Huddinge in Stockholm, Sweden, was completed in 1963. At the time there were about 30 hot rods in Sweden.
Bengt Wennergren's 1949 Ford of Enskedefältet in Stockholm, Sweden. When Bengt bought the Ford, the rear end was already restyled by Leif "Grillkorven" Rose. The build was completed in November of 1963, featuring a Metalflake paint job. Bengt's Ford might have been the first Metalflaked car in Sweden.
Hasse Broberg's Modified of Enskedefältet in Stockholm, Sweden. The build was started by Pelle Karlson, but Hasse, a member of the Sill Drivers, bought it and completed it in 1964.
The second version of Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster, of Huddinge in Stockholm, Sweden, was completed in 1964. This version was painted Marigold Metalflake..
Hans Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1957 DeSoto of Enskedefältet in Stockholm, Sweden was built in the early 1960s. Hans and Kjelle belonged to a little club called Sill Drivers, and they were often called "Sillarna". This photo shows the car as it appeared in 1964.
Sven Sandberg's 1956 Ford Sunliner convertible of Stockholm, Sweden. Sven's Sunliner was completed in 1964, featuring a Burgundy Mist paint job by his brother Bo Sandberg. Bo ran a custom shop named Yankee Customs.
The Surfin Bird version of Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird of Älvesjö in Stockholm, Sweden was completed in 1964.
Bo Sandberg's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster, Purple Passion, of Stockholm, Sweden. The build was completed around 1965.
Palle Eriksson's 1924 Chevrolet roadster of Stockholm, Sweden. The first version of Palle's rod was shown at the 1965 Hot Rod Show in Stockholm.
Jonas Qvarnström's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster as it appeared when it was first completed in 1965. The car was sold to Lars-Erik Johansson who transformed it into a show rod called The Orange Fink.
Gunnar Johansson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Sweden. This is Gunnar's coupe as it appeared in 1965
The first version of Göran Silfors' 1932 Ford roadster of Sweden as it appeared in 1965. Gøran's roadster was named "Early Bird"
Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford Roadster as it appeared in the summer of 1965, after Roland had sold it to Hans-Erik Larsson. Photo courtesy of Norrlands Motorhistoriker.[3]
Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe of Stockholm, Sweden. Sven started the build, known as the Glowing Coupe, in 1961. The first version was shown in 1965, featuring a paint job by Bo Sandberg of Yankee Customs.
Göran Silfors' 1936 Ford Sedan of Sweden as it appeared in 1965.
Matti Johanson's 1957 Ford Ranchero of Sweden. Matti's "Ranchero" started life as station wagon.The build was completed in 1965. The same year it was displayed at the first Hot Rod Show in Stockholm.
Sven Sandberg's 1959 Chevrolet Impala of Stockholm, Sweden. The car was originally a two-door hardtop, but Sven cut the roof off it and fit it with a tonneau cover in 1965.
Bengt Wennergren's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster of Enskedefältet in Stockholm, Sweden was built by Bengt between 1962 and 1966.
The first drag race of Sweden was held outside of Stockholm, October 1-2, 1966. Svenne Sandberg attended the race with his Glowing Coupe. Due to rain and a wet track, Svenne did the quarter mile in 16,6 seconds.
Lars-Erik Johansson's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster, of Stockholm, Sweden, was completed in 1966. Named "The Orange Fink", Lars Erik's roadster was known as the lowest showrod of Sweden at the time.
The 1966 Hot Rod Festival Masthugget was held October 26-30, 1966 at BP Bilpark Masthugget in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Arne Lindstrand's 1955 Chevrolet of Stockholm, Sweden. Arne's Chevrolet was restyled in the 1960s. This is how it appeared at the 1966 Hot Rod Show in Stockholm.
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird of Stockholm, Sweden. Bo's Thunderbird, named the Wild Bird was completed in 1966. Bo ran a custom, paint and parts shop called Yankee Customs.
Bo Sandberg's Cool Cat. The Cool Cat was a customized Jaguar E-Type built by Bo Sandberg of of Yanke Customs in Älvesjö, Stockholm, Sweden. The build was completed in 1967, featuring a a red and pink Metalflake paint job.
This version of Leif Helander's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible was shown at the 1967 Hot Rod Show in Stockholm. Photo from Aspes Nostalgi & Racebilder.[4]
Bo Hedenström's 1956 Ford Fairlane of Stockholm, Sweden. The build, know as the Avalanche, was started in 1966 and completed in 1967.
Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford roadster as it appeared in 1968. This version had received a Candy Red paint job, and it was owned by Pia Karlseth.
Affe Persson's 1955 Chevrolet was restyled in Sweden in the early 1970s.
John Bozio's 1953 Buick Roadmaster of East Hartford, Connecticut was originally restyled between 1956 and 1957. In 1979 Bengt Sjöberg of Tibro, Sweden bought the car at the Hersey Swap Meet. He shipped the old custom back to Sweden where he had it restored.
The 10th annual Hot Rod Show Borlänge was held March 1-2, 1986 in Borlänge, Sweden.
The 1986 Hot Rod Show was held March 1-9, 1986 at Skärholmsmässan in Stockholm, Sweden.
Peder Behr's 1960 Chrysler New Yorker of Sweden. The build was started at Forsberg Motorcars in Huntington Beach, California in 1996, and completed by Peder in Sweden in 1998.
Henrik Forss' Bucket T of Stockholm, Sweden. The first version of Henrik's T Bucket was completed in the Summer of 2001.
Henrik Forss' Bucket T of Stockholm, Sweden. The second version of Henrik's T Bucket was completed late in 2001.
The first annual Jokers Car Show was held June 5th, 2004 in Tidaholm, Sweden.
Lasse Mäenpää's 1958 Chevrolet Impala was given a Watson inspired paint job by Pekka Wizzard Mannermaa in 2005.
Bert Gustavsson's 1951 Dodge of Åmål, Sweden was completed in 2008.
The Juxtapod is a Swedish show rod built by Mattias Andersson of LeBeef Kustom Metal Works for Johan Belin and Ludvig Löfgren. The build was completed in 2011.
Klas and Fredrik Wallin's 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan of Falköping, Sweden. The car came to Sweden from Colorado. When Klas and Fredrik bought it in 2013, they were told that the car was first built in 1957.
The Dreamster version of Kent Jonsson's 1934 Ford Roadster of Sweden made it's first public debut at the 2013 Custom Motor Show in Elmia. The car is made out of carbon and fiberglass, and total build time was 9 years.
Andreas Åberg's 1950 Ford Tudor of Munkedal, Sweden. Andreas' Ford is a tribute to Buster Litton's 1949 Ford, known as The Panoramic Ford. The car was completed in March of 2013, and it made it's first public debut at the 2013 Custom Motor Show in Elmia, Jönköping.
Tobias Närholm's 1960 Chevrolet Impala of Nyköping, Sweden. Tobias is a member of the Undertakers of Sweden car club. The dark green version of the car hit the streets during the spring of 2013.
Johan Eriksson's 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 of Nyköping, Sweden. Johan is a founding member of the Undertakers of Sweden car club, and the restyled version of his Galaxie hit the streets during the spring of 2013.
The second annual Bastardized & Undertakers Fest was held May 25, 2013 in Nyköping, Sweden.
Timo Hersti's 1941 Lincoln Zephyr of Tuusula, Finland. The coupe was restyled by Timo at his Hersti AutoShop. He completed the build early in 2013, and it made it's first public debut at the 2013 Custom Motor Show in Elmia, Sweden. Later on in 2013, the coupe was sold to Sweden.
Pontus Karlsson's 1959 Buick of Stigtomta, Sweden. Pontus is a member of the Undertakers of Sweden car club, and his Buick received a panel paint job by Johan Eriksson in 2013.
Darren Chapman's 1949 Buick Sedanette of Karlstad, Sweden. The top on Darren's Buick was chopped by Ola Thorslund of Olas Garage, and the build was completed in May of 2014.
Johan Löfgren's 1949 Buick Sedanette of Åmotfors, Sweden. The build was completed in June of 2014, and it made it's debut at the 6th annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza June 28, 2014.
Eddie Dominguez' 1939 Mercury convertible of El Paso, Texas. Eddie bought the already customized Mercury from a local kid in 1960. According to rumors the car came from the San Diego area. Another rumor claims that it was sold new in Long Beach, and restyled shortly thereafter. Dusters cc member Ronnie Lindblom of Borlänge, Sweden bought the old custom in 2015.
Delwyn Triska’s 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Kagel Canyon, California. Del's coupe was restyled in the late 1940 or the early 1950s. He bought it in 1948 or 1949, shortly after he had graduated high school. Micke Hedberg of Borlänge, Sweden bought the old custom in November of 2015.

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The Sollentuna Gang

The Swedish traditional hot rod and custom scene has roots back to the 1950s. A group of teenagers from the Sollentuna Municipality in Stockholm were amongst the first hot rodders in Sweden. Member of the gang were Lennart Djurberg, Janne Eriksson, Björn Hagelfors, Göran Almen, Peter Billing, Peder Lundgren and Leffe Karlsson. Janne Bellander, who was not from Edsviken, did also hang out with the guys. They used to hang out at the garage of Lennart Djurberg's dad. Lennart's dad had a garage connected to his house, where he used to repair Ford's for a living. Lennart had his 1932 Ford roadster in the garage, a car that fascinated many of the guys in the area. Lennart on his side, also did all he could to recruit his friends to build hot rods.[5]


Lennart's dads garage did also attract younger kids on mopeds, such as Lars "Junken" Ljungkvist, who went on to become the second generation of Swedish hot rodders.[5]


BoMac Racing

In the early days of Swedish hot rodding, BoMac Racing in Älvsjö, Stockholm was the only place you could order hot rod parts from the US. BoMac Racing was a company run by Bosse Kasby and his brother Ove. After moving to the US, Bosse went on to work for Dean Moon at Moon Equipment for many years in the 1960s. Bosse moved to the US in the 1960s, where he went on to work for Dean Moon at Moon Equipment when he was only 17 years old. Ove started out selling racing-parts, that Bosse shipped from the US, out of his garage in Älvsjö. When Bosse returned to Sweden, he became a Moon dealer.[6]


In 1963 Lars Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster was featured on the cover of Teknik för alla December 1963. The caption on the cover stated that the hot rod sport had now reached Sweden. According to the story, there were about 30 hot rods in Sweden at the time.[7] In the 1960s, Stockholm was known as the hot rod capitol of Sweden, and in 1965 the first annual Hot Rod Show was held by Bosse "Gamen" Sandberg in Ostermans Marmorhallar in Stockholm.


The junkyards in Denmark and Norway were filled with old Fords, and everyone went across the border to get project cars. Junken and his buddy Richard supposedly smuggled more than 40 Model A and B Ford's across the border from Denmark. People used to buy a small car in Stockholm that they drove down to Denmark and traded in for an old Ford. The license-plates from the little car were mounted on the Ford so they could drive it back home.


Skillingfors was the best place to cross the border from Norway. At Skillingfors there were a sign with Sweden on one side, and Norway on the other one. That was it. There was also a narrow dirt-road that went trough Ed that was popular to smuggle cars out of. Cars carrying Norwegian license plates were often driven across the border. Back home the licenseplates were so mailed back to the owner in Norway.[8]


New years eve 1965 Richard, Junken and some other friends emigrated to California. They returned full of impressions the next Summer, and decided to form a Dragracing club. Stockholm Dragracingklubb was formed in September of 1966. The weekend after, October 1-2, 1966 the first organized drag race event of Sweden was held outside of Stockholm. The race found place at the new freeway between Stockholm and Enköping. It was still under construction, and not open for the public at the time.[9] Amongst the cars attending were Bosse Gamen's dragster, Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe, the Glowing Coupe, Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster, and Göran Silfors' 1932 Ford Roadster, the Early Bird. Bosse's dragster did the quarter mile in 11 seconds reaching a speed of 230 km pr hour. It rained on the second day of the event, and due to the wet track, Göran's roadster did the quarter mile in 18,4 seconds, while the Glowing Coupe did it in 16,6 seconds.


In 2004 the Undertakers car club of Sweden was formed.


Hot Rods of Sweden

Bo Sandberg's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster - Purple Passion
Palle Eriksson's 1924 Chevrolet Roadster
Hasse Broberg's Modified
Henrik Forss' Bucket T
The Juxtapod
Bengt Wennergren's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster
Lars-Erik Johansson's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster - The Orange Fink
Björn Hagelfors' 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Bosse Ericsson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Gunnar Johansson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Göran Silfors' 1932 Ford Roadster - Early Bird
Janne Eriksson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Klas and Fredrik Wallin's 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan
Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster
Lennart Djurberg's 1932 Ford Roadster
Peter Billing's 1932 Ford Cabriolet
Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe - The Glowing Coupe
Göran Almen's 1936 Ford Cabriolet
Leffe Karlsson's 1937 Ford Cabriolet


Custom Cars of Sweden

Kent Jonsson's 1934 Ford Roadster
Delwyn Triska’s 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Göran Silfors' 1936 Ford Sedan
Hasse Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1938 Chevrolet Convertible
Eddie Dominguez' 1939 Mercury Convertible
Timo Hersti's 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
Darren Chapman's 1949 Buick Sedanette
Johan Löfgren's 1949 Buick Sedanette
Bengt Wennergren's 1949 Ford
Magnus Karlsson's 1949 Oldsmobile
Andreas Åberg's 1950 Ford Tudor
Bert Gustavsson's 1951 Dodge
John Bozio's 1953 Buick Roadmaster
Tobias Andersson's 1953 Oldsmobile
Arne Lindstrand's 1955 Chevrolet
Leif Helander's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible
Bo Hedenström's 1956 Ford Fairlane - The Avalanche
Sven Sandberg's 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible
Kjell Larsson's 1957 Chevrolet
Hans Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1957 DeSoto
Matti Johanson's 1957 Ford Ranchero
Lasse Mäenpää's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Sven Sandberg's 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Lasse Theander's 1958 Ford Thunderbird - The Mystery Bird
Pontus Karlsson's 1959 Buick
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - Surfin Bird
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird
Tobias Närholm's 1960 Chevrolet Impala
Peder Behr's 1960 Chrysler New Yorker
Johan Eriksson's 1964 Ford Galaxie 500
Bo Sandberg's Cool Cat


Custom Body and Paint Shops of Sweden

LeBeef Kustom Metal Works
Olas Garage
Yankee Customs


Custom and Hot Rod Clubs of Sweden

A-Bombers
Customs of Sweden
Dusters
Hammers
Jokers
Undertakers


Custom and Hot Rod Shows of Sweden

A-Bombers Old Style Weekend
Bastardized and Undertakers Fest
CKOS Lead Parkin'
Hammers Back to the 50's Weekend
Hot Rod Festival Masthugget
Hot Rod Show
Hot Rod Show Borlänge
Jokers Car Show
Rumble in the Jungle


Citizens of Sweden

Andreas Åberg
Arne Lindstrand
Bengt Sjöberg
Bengt Wennergren
Björn Wallmann
Bo Hedenström
Bo Sandberg
Bosse Ericsson
Darren Chapman
Fredrik Wallin
Gunnar Johansson
Hans Broberg
Henrik Forss
Janne Eriksson
Johan Eriksson
Johan Löfgren
Jonas Qvarnström
Kent Jonsson
Kjelle Gustad
Klas Forsberg
Klas Wallin
Lars-Erik Johansson
Lars Erik Ljungkvist
Leif Helander
Leif Hultdin
Magnus Karlsson
Matti Johansson
Mattias Andersson
Micke Hedberg
Ola Thorslund
Palle Eriksson
Peder Behr
Peter Billing
Pontus Karlsson
Ralph Lysell
Roland Larsson
Ronnie Lindblom
Rustan Haeger
Sven Sandberg
Tobias Andersson
Tobias Närholm
Torsten Manby
Örjan Molins


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Flatout Rodders Skellefteå - Ford Roadster 1932
  2. Raggmunkoflask.blogspot.com
  3. Norrlands Motorhistoriker
  4. Aspes Nostalgi & Racebilder
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ford Journalen No. 1-93
  6. Bengt Wennergren
  7. Teknik för alla December 1963
  8. Ola Olsson
  9. "A"visen Nr. 2 2009
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