Friday, April 19, 2024

Five cool cars from the Custom Motor Show in Sweden

The Swedes have it easier in many ways than us Danes when it comes to cars. My goodness, they even get a government rebate on the fuel. The Custom Motor Show in Jönköping was clear proof of that.

Between a Tesla Model 3 as an A-tractor and a 16-cylinder BMW 7-Series from the brand's secret collection in Munich, we found five cool cars from the huge Custom Motor Show in Sweden.

There has been a Custom Motor Show in Sweden for as long as anyone from the Boosted editorial staff can remember.

And with good reason. The exhibition, which today takes place in the Elima halls in Jönköping, saw the light of day way back in 1971. And there is plenty to look at. If you can kick yourself in front of visitors.

For them – i.e. the guests – there are really many of them. The reverse is also the case with cars. Just as gas is given with outside operating competition.

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The Boosted editors themselves made the trip to Jönköping to… well, look at the cars. And in many respects, the Swedes just have it cooler – and easier – when it comes to something with four wheels. At least when we compare with the tax-heavy conditions here at home.

Five cool cars from the Custom Motor Show in Sweden

The Swedes have something of a fetish for naming their cars. Or that is to say, Anders Nilsson is from Finland. Probably Finnish-Swedish, but still. His take on a Volkswagen Type 2 is shot well in the basement and with the meanest engine we've seen in a long time.

Long live open dampers! Anders calls the creation " Double Trouble " – and you'll probably understand why in the next picture.

Five cool cars from the Custom Motor Show in Sweden

On to Lars Erik Lindberg it goes. Because he is at least as crazy about ties. At least when it comes to cars. On the basis of a Ford Model T body, he has built himself a little snowmobile.

And it's actually been quite a few years. The first version of the 'car' already had eight years behind it in 2012.

However, the basic recipe has not changed much. Between the two front skis there is still a decent lump of a V8 engine from Chevrolet. That car also has a name. Namely the Arctic Cat T23.

Five cool cars from the Custom Motor Show in Sweden
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Next live image provided by Peter Bjöck. A possibly even crazier man than the first ones on this list.

Because Peter's conversion of a Volvo 245 from 1975 is much more anonymous in that. If the bonnet wasn't open, which it thankfully was in Jönköping, you wouldn't know there was a 5.2-litre V10 engine between the front wheels.

Fortunately, Peter is a diligent man, so he has documented the entire conversion on his YouTube channel. Therefore, we can also 'reveal' that the old Volvo sounds absolutely fantastic with a V10 engine.

Five cool cars from the Custom Motor Show in Sweden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3LdFfKY69k
The next car we walked over, or at least had to walk around an extra time or four, is Martin Aspne's Volvo C70. Because that car does not exist at all.

At least not if you ask Volvo. The C70 was only built as a coupe and convertible. But based on the latter, Martin has created a C70 Speedster.

Here are traces of a Lamborghini Gallardo in profile and some easily recognizable 'M mirrors'. We cannot say whether the latter are original BMW parts, but Martin's Volvo attracted many curious people.

Five cool cars from the Custom Motor Show in Sweden

The last car in the article here is – you guessed it – also a Volvo. But Viktor Persson's 740 GLT from 1989 is actually the most taken because it represented a clear trend at this year's Custom Motor Show.

Just as it was sometimes difficult to get in front of just the audience, it was very easy to get an idea of what the Swedes have to ask for at the moment. A big Volvo with a big BMW engine.

This means that anything under 8 cylinders is irrelevant. On the other hand, there were really, really many offers for just that combination of car and engine. We are already eagerly waiting for what the Swedes have to offer next.

Five cool cars from the Custom Motor Show in Sweden

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