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Idle Swede

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This has nothing to do with cars, but I thought I just had to share.<BR>Have been sitting on my dock, behind my house, watching the christmas boat parade go by. What a sight, hundreds of large yachts & smaller boats dressed up with lights, music, dancers, fireworks light up the waterway.<BR>Like Yakow Smirnoff once said: What a country grin.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0wink.gif" border="0wink.gif" border="0

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Scan posters -<BR>Just think, if the sailing order from the "old world" had been reversed Americans might still be running around wearing those furry helmets with horns! And driving SAABs and, heaven forbid, Volvos. Oh! I guess some of us actually are driving sweedmobiles. wink.gif" border="0

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While I have to agree that most of the Scandinavian cars are unimpressive (some even unpleasant) to look at, the Volvo P1800 still looks great after all these years. As I recall, the coachwork was done in England (Jensen?). I don't know where the design work was done, but it bears little resemblance to the rest of the Swedish offerings. An honorable mention has to go to the Saab Sonnett. While I wouldn't call it beautiful, at least it was creative.

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Ted,<BR>FYI, there are more Volvos & SAAB's here in the US then in Sweden.<BR>What does that tell you, we build these beautiful cars so you can buy them, and you obviousily do. grin.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0wink.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0

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Volvos & Saabs, beautiful cars, am I missing something here? confused.gif" border="0confused.gif" border="0confused.gif" border="0

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Im a swede but i had never owned a volvo or a saab..<BR>but i'm not unhappy about that grin.gif" border="0 <P>A merry christmas and a happy new year to ya all from a buicklover in cold cold sweden wink.gif" border="0

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The P1800 body was designed in Italy by Frua, the early bodies were built in England by Jensen. Poor quality control forced production to be moved to the Volvo plant in Lumdby, Sweden in 1963.

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Since there are a few folks on this thread who seem to have some familiarity with Scandinavian trivia; perhaps you could answer my question. I have observed an almost 100% usage of mud flaps on cars built or registered in Sweden. Is there some kind of federal law mandating the use of these appendages? If you don't know what I mean by the term "mud flap", here's a description: an extra piece of rubber mounted below the rear fender behind the wheel. Apparently its purpose is to limit the distance that splash travels behind the car.<P> Thanks, Tom

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Idle -<BR>That was one of my points. Sweds export all those cars to the US and we grab them up, especially those Volvos for the soccer mom segment. I believe that the #1 selling car brand in Sweden is SAAB. Anders, help me out on the accuracy of this one.<P>I owned a SAAB 900S for more than ten years and it was among the best I've ever owned considering reliability and fun to drive aspects of owning a car. Was it a beautifully styled car? Not really. But it was well made! grin.gif" border="0<BR> <BR>I hope you have noted that Americans don't put Christmas lights on our land yachts. Just holiday wreaths on the grill! And I agree, what a country! Ain't it great? wink.gif" border="0

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Deering,<BR>You are right, up until a couple of years ago, it was mandatory to have mudflaps.<P>Ted,<BR>Volvo is still the #1 selling car in Sweden.<BR>Of course I don't think they are "beautiful", notice the icons behind that remark.<BR>In Sweden they were refered to as "socialistic containers", Hmmm, wonder why grin.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0

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Idle swede has already answered the questions here i se shocked.gif" border="0 <BR>#1 car in sweden is volvo alright and must be one of the most longlived cars here on our little earth..volvo engines seems like they could live forever..but on the other hand its never realy alive either wink.gif" border="0 soooo boring<BR>like a mercedes 200 its totaly dead rolleyes.gif" border="0 <BR>of course i talk about a little older cars 80:ies and earlier grin.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0<P>What a country!!!!!!!!!!!! was the thread i now cool.gif" border="0 <BR>i'm hoping to se it in real life in 2002 or 2003...staying a month or so..maybe buy myself a car to bring home also smile.gif" border="0<p>[ 12-18-2001: Message edited by: Anders Larsson ]

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I checked this thread out due to it's name. Come to find out, it all Saab stories. wink.gif" border="0 <P>Ya'll have a Merry Christmas. grin.gif" border="0

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Idleswede,<P> Thanks for the answer about the mud flaps. Isn't it interesting what you end up with when government gets involved in auto design? <P> Tom

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Saab stories....that one hurt.<P>Prior to owning my Rambler we had a red 1965 Volvo PV544. (My husband had owned a 1961 in a previous lifetime, and he actually liked it enough to look for one as a collector car.) <P>Believe me, NO ONE could figure out what it was when we took it on the road. It sure got a lot of attention, though. Sadly, we ended up selling it and now it lives in Canada. Maybe they appreciate them better up there?!?<P>We sent pictures of the car to several relatives of mine in the Stockholm area. I'm of Swedish descent (my maternal grandparents were born there) and I thought they'd get a kick out of the fact that we had a Swedish car. The reply from most of them was that we were nuts for buying it. So much for cultural pride! smile.gif" border="0 <P>Jan K.<BR>Wis Region<p>[ 12-19-2001: Message edited by: JanK ]

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Jan, just funnin'. People get on me about my cars.<BR><B>C</B>racked<BR><B>H</B>eads<BR><B>E</B>very<BR><B>V</B>avle<BR><B>R</B>attles<BR><B>O</B>il<BR><B>L</B>eaks<BR><B>E</B>xhaust<BR><B>T</B>oo<P>At least mine aren't,<BR><B>F</B>ound<BR><B>O</B>n<BR><B>R</B>oad<BR><B>D</B>ead<P> wink.gif" border="0wink.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0wink.gif" border="0 <P>Like I've said to other people, if we all liked the same thing we would all probably be driving Model Ts yet.

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I thought is was:<BR><B>F</B>ixed<BR><B>O</B>r<BR><B>R</B>epaired<BR><B>D</B>aily<P> wink.gif" border="0

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Noo...nooo no! It's<P><B>F</B>@#*ed<BR><B>O</B>ver<BR><B>R</B>ebuilt<BR><B>D</B>odge <P> grin.gif" border="0

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Hey Rick, you're wrong. That's all <B>three</B> Gordan Fans!! tongue.gif" border="0tongue.gif" border="0tongue.gif" border="0 And just where did your championship contender finish?? Huh? 4th tongue.gif" border="0tongue.gif" border="0 <P>Also not bad for Dodge with a driver 3rd in standing. Tony finished 2nd. <P>Let's see:<BR>#1 Gordon - Chevrolet <BR>#2 Stewart - Pontiac<BR>#3 Marlin - Dodge<BR>Oh yeah the other make that runs WC<BR>#4 Rudd - Ford<P> tongue.gif" border="0grin.gif" border="0wink.gif" border="0 <P>Merry Christmas to all.

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onebadassbuick Watch those comments about Mopar products. I drive a Dodge truck. And when it comes to Mopars it just <B>mo</B>re<B>par</B>ts. grin.gif" border="0

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