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Caresto

Caresto is a Swedish car company which was started in 2004 by Leif Tufvesson.

Caresto is registered in Ängelholm in southern Sweden. Leif Tufvesson is the founder and creator of 4 (2 different, and 2 of a kind) of its Hot Rod sports car, used by Volvo in different car shows, such as SEMA, as well as a limited edition of an individualized Volvo C70 hardtop convertible.

Leif Tufvesson previously worked for the Volvo Concept Center and for six years he was responsible for the development department of Koenigsegg, a Swedish sports car manufacturer. In 2004 he won the prestigious "Hot Rod of the Year" award from Hot Rod Magazine and "Most Innovative Car" in the USA.


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Esther Chassieteknik

Lars Svensson and Magnus Haferbier were enthusiastic about sports cars. In 1987 they started producing a vehicle. In July 1988 it was ready. The company was based in Ugglerum near Kalmar . A total of around 45 vehicles were built. The last saved version of the company's website is from May 30, 2013. According to a source, production also ended that year.

Vehicles

Manufactured kit cars . The vehicles were similar to the Lotus Seven and were also used in car races. The first vehicle received an Audi engine with 200 hp and a Ford transmission . Then engines from Alfa Romeo , Ford, Opel , Volvo and VW provided the drive. Either a De Dion axle or a rigid axle could be used on the rear axle.


Esther Seven 01
Esther Seven 01

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Fuldamobil

Fuldamobil is the name of a series of small cars produced by Elektromaschinenbau Fulda GmbH of Fulda, Germany, and Nordwestdeutscher Fahrzeugbau (NWF) of Wilhelmshaven between 1950 and 1969. Various designated versions of the car were produced, although the vehicles produced under each designation were not always identical and the designations were sometimes misapplied. Though overall numbers produced were relatively small, the cars attracted sufficient attention to see licensed construction on four continents including Europe. In its ultimate configuration it is said to have inspired the term "bubble car".

It is acknowledged as the first car in the world to feature a negative scrub radius, now recognised as a major advance in driving safety.


Fuldamobil 200, 1957
Fuldamobil 200, 1957

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Gustaf Ericssons Automobilfabrik

GEA (Gustaf Ericssons Automobilfabrik) was a Swedish automobile manufacturer founded by Gustaf Ericsson (son of Lars Magnus Ericsson) in 1904 in Stockholm. Originally the company was located in Arbetargatan, but later it moved to Liljeholmen.

Together with his study friends from Chalmers University of Technology K G Karlsson and Erik L Magnus they had the expertise needed for the project. The company started making engines, but at first not for cars, but kerosene engines for pumps and agricultural machines. Later they also made boat engines under the name "Gurik". After a few years Gustaf Ericsson thought it was time to build a car. It was to be powered by a six-cylinder engine, a first for Europe. One of the biggest problems was with the magneto.

They asked Bosch for help, but they said they couldn't solve the problem. In the end K G Karlsson solved it by using two magnetos. The engine was basically two Fafnir engines in a row, driving the rear wheels via a chain. The chassis was also made in Germany. In 1905 the car was finished. Because of its size it was nicknamed "Ormen Långe". According to news reports it had a top speed of 60 km/h.

However the market was not ready for such a car and it didn't enter production. However GEA imported, assembled and adopted cars for the Swedish market. The company folded in 1909.

Gustaf Ericsson later designed the 1933 Volvo Venus Bilo, a very early example of streamlined cars.


A GEA Gurik Runabout from 1907
A GEA Gurik Runabout from 1907

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HB (car)

HB (taken from the initials of the designer Helmer Berglund) was a car made in two or three copies at Berglunds mekaniska verkstad at about 1925. On the prototype they used a three-cylinder engine, but the production models had a four-cylinder engine producing 16 horsepower. The engine was connected to a three-speed transmission.

The car was a two-seater, and the design was much inspired by the Thulin A by AB Thulinverken. The company was later renamed to Sörby mekaniska verkstad (SMV) and made travel trailers.


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Hult Healey

Hult Healey was a make of kit cars in Sweden.

It all started when Mats Svanberg from Hult saw an Austin-Healey (100 or 3000) and fell in love with it. In the 1970s he bought one and in 1981 it was due for a renovation and he wanted to make a replica of the competition Austin-Healey, but without ruining his original car, so he decided to build a copy. He called in his friend Lennart Waerme to help him.

The chassis was based on the original, but used engine, gearbox, front end and rear axle from a 1972 Volvo 142. To make this possible the car had to be made 14 cm wider than the original. The Hult Healey, as it was known, was first registered in the late summer of 1984. They also started to make kits based on their design. Up to 1990 they had made and sold 35 kit cars, and four complete cars.

In 1987 they made an update Mk2 model with a more racing design using a Volvo B23 engine giving 250 hp (190 kW). The body weighed just 50 kg (110 lb). Only three Mk2 Hult Healys were made.


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Husqvarna

Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH is a Swedish-origin Austrian company which designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes motocross, enduro, supermoto and street motorcycles.

The company began producing motorcycles in 1903 at Huskvarna, Sweden, as a subsidiary of the Husqvarna armament firm. Today, Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH is owned by PIERER Mobility Group.


Husqvarna Motorcycles

While the above website makes no reference to a car I have located an image:


1943 Husqvarna
1943 Husqvarna

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Jösse Car

Jösse Car was a sports car manufacturer founded in 1997 and located in Arvika, Sweden.

They are most famous for creating the two-seat open-top Indigo 3000 car. This car is powered by a Volvo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine giving a top speed of 250 km/h with a rear-wheel drive powertrain. The body is of composite panels attached to a space frame. The front suspension is a walking beam design with a transverse composite leaf spring and the rear suspension is a Volvo multilink using a transverse composite leaf spring.


1998 - Jösse Car Indigo 3000
1998 - Jösse Car Indigo 3000
History:

- October 1993 Bengt Lidmalm gets the idea for his own sportscar when visiting the TVR showroom at Earl’s Court.
- February 1994 Jösse Car AB was founded, Head office in Arvika.
- March 1994 Bengt Lidmalm and Sven-Olof Fogelberg starts the construction of the first chassis.
- October 1994 First prototype presented.
- 1995 First prototype driven, two more prototypes were built.
- May 1995 The car passes crash testing at the Swedish VTI institute.
- June 1995 A decision was made to start series production of the Indigo 3000.
- September 1995 Engine emissions testing completed.
- 1 March 1996 Production started. Only three cars were built.
- June 1996 First car delivered to a customer.
- September 1996 JC Indigo 3000 was awarded "Utmärkt Svensk Form" ('Excellent Swedish Design').
- October 1997 Unveiling of new factory in Åmål, a total of twelve cars were built in Arvika.
- January 1998 Last car was built late in the year.
- January 2001 Last car delivered to a customer on 11 January 1999.
- March 2003 Jösse Car AB was declared bankrupt. A grand total of forty-four cars were built.


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Kalmar Verkstad

Kalmar Verkstad AB (KVAB) was a Swedish train and automobile manufacturer in Kalmar, Sweden that made the Tjorven and Terminal. KVAB was founded in 1902 and closed 2005 by Bombardier.

KVAB's core business was trains, and they built all kinds of locomotives, trams, passenger cars, freight cars for both Swedish market and export.

In the mid-sixties, KVAB also produced small trucks, boats, parking decks and cars for road use. Tjorven was a small delivery van based on the DAF 44, Swedish Mail bought a lot of them for mail delivery.


Kalmar Tjorven 1965 vehicle for Swedish postal service
Kalmar Tjorven 1965 vehicle for Swedish postal service

Kalmar Terminal was a vehicle intended to be used for transporting goods in ports between ships and railway. One odd detail was that the door was located in the front. It had a V8 diesel engine, automatic gearbox, and semi-trailer coupling with built-in automatic air and electric connections. At the rear a forklift was mounted, so the truckdriver could load and unload goods from the trailer.


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LT (car)

LT was a Swedish car made by Anders Rudolf Lindström, Gottfrid Hansson and Simon Resare.

It got its name from the initials of "Lindström and Torsby" the designer Anders Rudolf Lindström and Torsby in northern Värmland, Sweden, but it was nicknamed "Långsam tillverkning" (Swedish for "slow production").

Car production was first planned in 1909 or possibly earlier, but this first car wasn't a success. In 1923 they made a second model. It had a painted grille, raked windscreen and the design may have been inspired by French cars like the Avions Voisin. It was powered by an air-cooled, two-cylinder engine of their own design and cast at Solbergs Mekaniska in Forshaga. The engine produced 20 HP and was connected to a three-speed gearbox driving the front wheels. The chassis was made of steel tubing and the bodywork of wood veneer. A series of 50 cars was planned, but money was a problem.

A car dealer approached Lindström wanting to hire him for his own production, but Lindström declined the offer hoping for better days to come but the workshop was destroyed in a fire and that was the end of LT with only three cars made. The rights were taken over by a company in Örebro for a modest sum. Today all that remains are some photos, one engine and some casting models at Torsby Fordonsmuseum.


LT Lindstrom 20hp
LT Lindstrom 20hp

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LMV

LMV (Lidköping Mekaniska Verkstad) was a mechanical workshop in Lidköping, Sweden. They had plans for automobile production and in 1923 a prototype had been made. The design was by Åke W Eklund. The car was impressive with its low weight (475 kg) and details well suited for the bad Swedish roads of the time. The car was powered by a French four-cylinder CIMA engine with a Cozette carburettor. The car proved to be reliable, strong and with high acceleration. The plan was to have various sub-contractors making the parts for the car and then having the parts assembled at the LMV plant. Via SKF Assar Gabrielsson, later founder of Volvo, had many contacts with LMV, and it is possible that it was from LMV he got the idea to use several subcontractors.

LMV had parts made for two other cars, but a change of owner of the company meant that they were never assembled and no production was ever started.

So far no luck with locating images.


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Mania Spyder

The Mania Spyder was a Swedish kit car company in Falköping selling a sports roadster based on either VW Beetle or spaceframe chassis. They advertised that a formula spaceframe made for motorcycle engines would be available in spring 2001. It was designed by the automotive designer and guitar builder Ulf Bolumlid of Design by Ulf. Over 50 examples of the Mania have been sold, a Swedish record for an own design kit-car.


Mania Spider
Mania Spider

Yellow
Yellow

Red
Red

The project requires little prior experience of car building, average building time on a VW chassis is approximately 100 hours.


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Mascot (car)

Mascot was a car made by AB Rååverken in Helsingborg around 1920.

Sold both as a kit car and in finished form it was a way of converting a motor cycle to a type of cyclecar. Usually based on an Excelsior two cylinder 16 HP motorcycle (optionally a Harley-Davidson, Reading Standard or Indian) the steering, seat and front wheel were removed and the motorcycle frame was attached to a low weight body that added the "missing" three wheels. The track width was 1,070 mm (42.1 in), length about 3 m (118 in) and weight 275 kg (606 lb). It was steered via a steering wheel, had pedals for throttle and brakes and a gear stick and was fitted with windscreen, doors, soft top, comfortable seats and a single front light. It seated two persons in tandem.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mascot_(car)

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OBC

OBC (sometimes called BCS for Beckmann Cars Sweden AB) or Ottmar Beckmann Cars AB was a car manufacturer in Mantorp, Sweden. In 1974 they presented a two seated mid-engined sports car called OBC Mantorp (named after the Mantorp Park race track). The design was somewhat similar to the Lotus Elan, but with a more rounded front. It was powered by a BMW engine mated to a Porsche gearbox. Both the chassis and bodywork was in fibreglass. The company planned a production rate of five a day with 100 employees, but it never entered production. Beckmann had tried to make sports cars in the Netherlands previously.


OBC Mantotrp.
OBC Mantotrp.

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Racing Plast Burträsk (RPB)

Racing Plast Burträsk (RPB) was a Swedish company in Burträsk that made racing cars and kit cars. It was founded in 1965 by Kjell Lindskog.

Formula Vee cars

Starting in 1966 the company produced two Formula Vee cars, Broke that was a copy of the American Beach Car and Dolling FVe that was a design by Willy Dolling.

The Dolling was made in three versions between 1966 and 1967, in total 52 cars were built. In 1967 RPB started making their own Formula Vee car. It was simple to make and inexpensive. It sold well and did well in races. In 1968 the chassis was improved to make it more rigid and give it a more adjustable rear axle design. In 1969 the car was redesigned again, this time to increase performance, but only six were made due to rumours about changes in the Formula Vee rules.

In 1970 the new rules came and they allowed a more wedge like shape and a longer and narrower car. 13-15 cars were made. The RPB cars were very successful and they won 14 out of 18 competitions. One of them was still winning races in 1978. The same model continued to be built in 1971 and 1972, but only in small numbers. In 1971 RPB cars made 22 European track records. In 1971 a Formula Super Vee car was made. This time using a monocoque chassis.

The prototype car did well in races, but was plagued with engine problems and the rear end of the chassis had to be redesigned. After the redesign it worked better and the driver Bror Jaktlund managed to finish as number 3 in the European championship, even if a crash forced him to skip the last race. A second Super Formula Vee car was made in 1973 and was in use until it was sold in 1976. It then changed hands several times to owners in Sweden, Denmark and England until it came back to Sweden in late 2002.


RPB Formula Vee
RPB Formula Vee

Sports cars

In 1968 the RPB Piraya was introduced. It was a low, two seated kit car with gullwing-doors inspired by the Ford GT40 and made for a Volkswagen Beetle chassis. It sold 40 kits in less than a year, but some customers found it difficult to assemble the cars.

In 1969 the RPB-GT was introduced. Prices started at 3800 SEK. The design was similar to the Piraya, but had normal front hinged doors. The kit was made easier to assemble for the customer. The GT sold well, most as kits, but some as completed cars. It used a fuel tank from Renault 10, hinges to the front and rear hood came from Renault 4, door handles and locks from Renault 16, door hinges and side windows (cut to size) from the Mini, the front screen from a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, rear and front lights were Hella universal (although the same headlight units was also used in Saab 96, Saab 99 and Renault 16).

In 1970 the new laws for homebuilt street cars was changed and required a mandatory crash test making kit cars virtually impossible to get street legal. Production for export, mostly to Finland and Norway, continued for a while.

In May 1971 a fire destroyed the factory and the molds and it was not possible to restart production. The dealer in Finland had orders for more cars so he bought the rights to the RPB GT and made new molds from one of the delivered cars, but with redesigned rear and a 5 cm higher roof, and continued production for some years. RPB withdrew from car making and instead produced other plastic products such as bus interiors and snowmobile parts.

In 1982 the law for amateur built cars changed so home built cars again could be made road legal. RPB decided to restart production with an updated model of the GT model. Some cars were built and showed on various exhibitions. They were well received both by media and public. But then RPB got a large order for plastic products for the Swedish military and the car production plans were put on hold.

The Finnish mold was sold after some 20 cars were made and later changed hand several times. The last known owner was Allan Sjöbacka in Vaasa and he tried to sell them.


RPB Piraya
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Reva (Swedish car)

Reva (according to some sources Reeva) was a series of cars made by Dan Werbin and Holger Brånby at Reva gård in Sweden in the mid-1960s. They were two seated coupé mid engined sports cars .

The first one built in 1964, the Reva GT, was made with a fibreglass body on a VW Beetle chassis. It was followed by the Reva GT Mk1 powered with a VW 1200 engine and fitted with Porsche brakes. Three Mk1s were made. The Mk II model had more rounded shapes, but still used the VW Beetle chassis. The company produced and sold about 20 bodies, but no complete cars.

For the 1968 Mk III they wanted to produce a more finished car. The body was made lower and wider and they no longer used the Beetle chassis, but had a custom made chassis made of steel tubes. The prototype was powered by a 3.5 litre Buick V8, the next was fitted with a 5.4 litre Chevrolet Corvette engine and number three had a 5.41 litre Oldsmobile V8. Then the rules for amateur built vehicles in Sweden changed and they had to end production.

Dan Werbin was hired by Volvo in 1970. In 1973 he became head of product planning at Volvo of America. He also worked on Volvo trucks and some of Volvo's concept cars like the Volvo VESC.


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Rengsjöbilen

Rengsjöbilen (the Rengsjö car), Jonsson or just "Bilen" (the car) was the names given to a series of ten cars made by sawmill owner Anders Jonsson in Rengsjö, Hälsingland between 1914 and 1916.

The cars were two-seater in tandem. Length 320 cm and width 120 cm. Weight 445 kg. The engine was 75x100 cc. The body, fenders, chassis and so on was made by Höjens verkstäder in Rengsjö. Many components, like motorcycle wheels, chains, engine and so on, were bought from other sources.

The engine is said to be a water-cooled, two-cylinder, two-stroke made in Morgårdshammar mainly intended for boats. It is reported to have produced between 6 and 10 hp. When production ended several persons joined the car production at SAF in Bollnäs.


Rengsjöbilen
Rengsjöbilen

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Self (company)

Self was a series of three cyclecars built by the brothers Per and Hugo Wiertz in Svedala in 1916, 1919 and 1922.

The first car had a single-cylinder engine, the second a four-cylinder Phänomen and the third a Harley-Davidson V-twin engine. The cars were basically experimental cars and were probably scrapped quite soon. However the experience came in handy when the brothers started working at AB Thulinverken and participated in the development of the Thulin B.


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Self

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Svenska Automobilfabriken

Svenska Automobilfabriken (SAF) was a Swedish car manufacturer founded in Bollnäs in December 1919.

It assembled US cars based on Pullman Motor Co chassis bought when Pullman went bankrupt in 1917, and fitted them with coachworks and adapted them for Swedish conditions. The engine was a Golden, Belknapp & Swartz giving 32 hp. It was fitted with a Stromberg carburettor and had a 50-litre gasoline tank.

People who earlier had worked on Rengsjöbilen were among the employees. SAF bought 40 Pullman chassis, and built 28 SAF cars before the company went bankrupt in 1921. The remaining stock (with or without bodywork) was sold out over a few years.


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SAF

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Svensk Elektrobil

Svensk Elektrobil AB (SEA) was a Swedish company that made electric vehicles. The Company was founded by Asea and was located at Rosenlundsgatan in southern Stockholm. The vehicle loaded 2.5 tonnes and had a top speed of 25 km/h.

Specification

The vehicle had an electric motor connected to Tudor batteries rated at 250 Ah. One of the models, the EV 12 launched in 1943, had a duo system with two motors. An extra motor could be connected when driving uphill or when heavily loaded. Most models had a range of 60–70 km, but 127 km was achieved.

History

Production of electric vehicles ended at the end of the 1940s due to competition from gasoline powered cars. In 1959 the company was renamed Svensk Reaktorteknik and later to ASEA-Atom and is as of 2009 named Westinghouse


Svensk Elektrobil 1943 Electric Truck
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Söderbloms Gjuteri & Mekaniska Verkstad

Söderbloms Gjuteri & Mekaniska Verkstad (Swedish for Söderblom's foundry and mechanical workshop) was founded in 1877 in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

The company started manufacturing engines in 1900 with a 1.5 HP air-cooled engine for motorcycles. In 1901, the company started manufacturing automobiles under the leadership of CEO Knut Söderblom and head of sales Oskar Aspeling. The company also hired a German engineer, Bruno Büchner, as head of design. The company primarily built trucks, but also produced two car models, a postal vehicle, and several draisines, a light auxiliary rail vehicle.


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Söderbloms Postal Van

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Södertelje Verkstäder

Södertelje Verkstäder was a Swedish company in Södertälje that made railway cars and Draisine.

In 1901 the builder of electric cars Harald Håkansson managed to agree a contract so that Södertelje Verkstäder got access to experience, blueprints and engines from Kühlstein, NAG and Protos that they sold under the name "Helios".

Starting in 1902 the company also imported the Oldsmobile Curved Dash lookalike Northern (made by ex-Oldsmobile employees J D Maxwell and C B King) from Detroit, USA and sold it as "Norden". However, the market wasn't ready for automobiles and in 1906 they sold the remaining stock but continued making railway cars and aeroplanes.


1902 Norden, a license-built Northern Runabout
1902 Norden, a license-built Northern Runabout

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Tidaholms Bruk


Tidaholms Bruk (the Tidaholm works) was founded in the Middle Ages and over the years it merged with several smaller industries into woodworking and the making of carts.

In the small community of Sandhem outside Tidaholm the brothers Gottfrid and David Lindström in 1895 had a workshop where they made Kronan bicycles. After a while Gottried got tired of making bicycles and went to USA to study the budding automobile industry and returned full of new ideas.

He was a workaholic and he worked late into the nights to create the Tidaholmsbilen (the Tidaholm car). Most of the parts were made within the works. Engine blocks and pistons in the foundry, the frame in the smithy, transmission in the mechanical workshop, woodwork in the wood workshop.

In 1903 it was time for the first start attempt which was successful and the first Tidaholm car could roll out of the workshop under its own power.

The first model was called Tor I and was powered by a two-cylinder engine producing about 10 hp at 800 rpm. It could cary 1.5 tons and had a curb weight of 2.7 tons. It was sold to Surte Glasbruk and was used to transport peat. The high reliability of the car inspired the managing director Victor Johansson to put Lindström in charge of building Tor II which was finished in 1905. Tor II had three gears forward and one reverse.

Tidaholms Bruk also sold German Fafnir cars and Argus and Deutz engines. It's very possible both engines and body from German cars was used on Tidaholm cars. A car made for Stockholms Södra Spårvägar AB had a Bugatti engine. From 1923 onwards all parts were made using a tolerance system making all parts interchangeable and standardised. They also had a testing department that tested the parts before they were assembled. In the 1920s buses became very popular and the works built special bus chassis.


Tidaholm Fire Engine 1924
Tidaholm Fire Engine 1924

Tidaholm TSLO Bus 1925
Tidaholm TSLO Bus 1925

Tidaholm Fire Engine 1927
Tidaholm Fire Engine 1927

Tidaholm TSL Truck 1927
Tidaholm TSL Truck 1927

Tidaholm T2C Fire Engine 1929
Tidaholm T2C Fire Engine 1929

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UNO 001

UNO 001 was the name of the only produced car from the planned UNO project to create a sports car made in Linköping, Sweden. The project started in the late 1980s with a budget of 3 million SEK and the backing of several strong financial backers. They managed to produce the UNO 001, but then something went wrong. In the 2000s it was for sale for 30000 SEK and it as of 2009 undergoing restoration.

The car is made steel tube frame with body parts of steel sheets. According to a 1980s commercial it could be assembled in two hours. Much of the parts used come from Saab, including the engine mounted in a mid engine configuration.


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UNO 001

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Engine from Saab
Engine from Saab

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Vabis

Vabis was the abbreviation and later also trademark of Swedish railway car manufacturer Vagnfabriks Aktiebolaget i Södertälje, which translates Wagon Factory Limited Company of Södertälje, established in 1891 in Södertälje. Vabis also manufactured petrol engines, automobiles, trucks, motor-powered draisines, motorboats and marine engines. The company was in 1911 merged with Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania, to form Scania-Vabis.

The company was established in December 1891 by steel manufacturer Surahammars Bruk and engineer and entrepreneur Philip Wersén,[2] in what was then known as Södertelge, Södermanland County. Customers for the railway cars were the Swedish State Railways (SJ), Stockholms Spårvägar and other, private railway operators.


Vabis Tonneau 1903
Vabis Tonneau 1903

Vabis 2-ton truck 1909
Vabis 2-ton truck 1909

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Vabis 2S Limousine 1909

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Von Braun Automotive (Von Braun Holding Company)

Frank Bergqvist is the CEO & Partner Von Braun Automotive

Von Braun Automotive specialise in the development and manufacture of exclusive sports cars. The company was formed in 2014 through the acquisition of the assets and rights of the Swedish manufacturer Indigo Cars/Jösse Cars, and is fully funded by investors and entrepreneurs with a broad range of expertise.

The Indigo 3000 was a sports car developed by people in leading positions in the Swedish automotive industry, and was produced and sold in the 1990s. The car was based on the values of classic sports cars. It was widely appreciated, and quickly became very popular. The first assignment here at von Braun Automotive is to develop and manufacture the brand new von Braun 3000R. A sports car whose DNA is based on Swedish technology and the values of classic sports cars.


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Von Braun 3000r pair front

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Von Braun 3000r

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Von Braun 3000r back

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Von Braun 3000r engine compartment

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Well that's the end of the Swedish carmakers, I hope you enjoyed what I showed.


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Classic Falcon bids to top $1 million


A rare example of Australia's most sought after and iconic Ford Falcon, the GTHO Phase III, is up for auction with bids expected to top $1 million.


© PR HANDOUT IMAGE PHOTO The 1971 GTHO Phase III is expected to fetch anywhere up to $1.5 million.
© PR HANDOUT IMAGE PHOTO The 1971 GTHO Phase III is expected to fetch anywhere up to $1.5 million.

Finished in Yellow Glow, which was a special order colour back in 1971 and only used on 12 cars, the 5.8 litre V8 four-door sedan has already attracted a top offer of more than $750,000 ahead of the close of Saturday's online auction.

Lloyds Auction Chief Operations Officer Lee Hames says the car is expected to sell for anything between $1 million and $1.5 million.

"The Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III receives so much attention because it is the pinnacle of Australian muscle cars and has consistently held its value over its lifespan since its release in 1971," he said.

"So they attract bidders including enthusiasts, collectors as well as investors.

"This is a very special vehicle and we probably won't see it come through auction again for quite some time."

Ahead of the Phase III release, Ford's Phase II model proved itself in dominating Bathurst to take first and second with Alan Moffat and Bruce McPhee in factory works cars.

The new Phase III brought further engine enhancements and refinements, entrenching the car as probably the fastest four-door in the world.

As well as the car itself, Lloyds is also auctioning a digital artistic representation of the Falcon, dipping into a growing trend.

Known as an NFT or non-fungible token, it is an item of value stored on an internet technology called blockchain.

The digital asset is certified as unique and comes with proof of ownership.

"The digital blockchain classic car auction has been up for only two weeks and already bids are far exceeding the original 1971 retail price of the Falcon at just over $5000," Mr Hames said.

"We have already received interest from some collectors of cars and art around the country who are excited by the opportunity in this first edition release.

"Based on the prices and enquiries we are seeing on this auction already, we expect digital classic cars to be the next big trend in collectable art."


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Revealed: the secret Volkswagens that were never sold:


1990 Vario I
1990 Vario I

Volkswagen runs two museums in its home town of Wolfsburg.

Called ZeitHaus, the first collection is like a book of the 100 most emblematic cars brought to life. It’s where you’ll find a Lamborghini Miura, an Austin Mini, a Cadillac Eldorado and, of course, a diverse selection of classic Volkswagen models. Dubbed Stiftung, the second museum is like walking through the minds of the brightest, most daring engineers Volkswagen has ever employed.

Obscure one-offs, significant production cars, prototypes never shown to the public and once-popular concept cars all retire under the same roof. Join us as we explore the forgotten side of the company’s history:
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1955 EA 48


1955 EA 48
1955 EA 48

Though it never reached production, Volkswagen’s 1955 EA 48 prototype was shockingly similar to the Mini that Austin released in 1959. It stemmed from Volkswagen’s effort to develop a car positioned below the Beetle in terms of size, performance and price. While sharing components between the two model lines would have kept costs in check, the EA 48’s designers started with a blank slate.

The EA 48 stood out as Volkswagen’s first small car and the first model it designed on its own with no input from Porsche. It featured unibody construction, a front-mounted engine which spun the front wheels and a McPherson-type front suspension. This combination was unheard of at the time. The prototype had no rear windows but Volkswagen planned to add them before the car went on sale.
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1955 EA 48


1955 EA 48
1955 EA 48

The EA 48’s engine was essentially a Beetle-sourced flat-four cut in half. The air-cooled, 0.7-liter flat-twin made 18 HP, which was enough to send the EA 48 to 50mph. It shifted through a four-speed manual in an era when many similarly-sized cars still offered a three-speed.

Volkswagen tested the EA 48 on public roads, ironed out its kinks and planned to start production until officials raised serious questions about the effect it would have on Beetle sales. The firm’s bread-and-butter model was barely starting to attract buyers and some justifiably worried releasing a smaller, cheaper car would have a disastrous effect on its career.

Interestingly, Carl F. Borgward also urged the West German government to ask Volkswagen to cancel the project. Ludwig Erhard, the minister of economy, warned Volkswagen boss Heinz Nordhoff that thousands of jobs would be lost at rival brands if the EA 48 saw the light at the end of a production line. The project was sent to the pantheon of automotive history in 1956.
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1961 Type 3 Cabriolet


1961 Type 3 Cabriolet
1961 Type 3 Cabriolet

The Type 3 released in 1961 gave motorists a more upmarket alternative to the Beetle, so introducing a topless variant for buyers who wanted a nicer convertible made a lot of sense. Volkswagen built an elegant prototype that likely would have sold well in the United States but it shelved the project out of fear the model would create internal competition with the Karmann Ghia convertible.
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1963 EA 128


1963 EA 128
1963 EA 128

Easily one of the most captivating cars in the Volkswagen collection, the EA 128 came to life in 1963 as the company explored ways to deep its ties with Porsche while moving upmarket. It was a four-door, rear-engined family car developed with Porsche’s input and powered by a detuned version of the 911’s 2.0-liter, air-cooled flat-six engine. It made 90 HP, enough to send the EA 128 to 100mph. It could have become the first Volkswagen that allowed its driver to cruise in the left lane of the autobahn.
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1963 EA 128


1963 EA 128
1963 EA 128

The rear suspension was similar in design to the 911’s. If built, the EA 128 would have competed directly against the Chevrolet Corvair in the United States. It remained a prototype, partly because officials worried about how motorists would react to a luxury car from the people’s car brand. Decision-makers didn’t solve this dilemma until they approved the Phaeton project in the late 1990s.
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1969 EA 276


1969 EA 276
1969 EA 276

The 1969 EA 276 is one of the prototypes that led to the original Golf. It was much boxier than many of the design studies Volkswagen built as it searched for a way to replace the Beetle, and it featured a front-mounted engine that spun the front wheels, but the grille between its headlights was misleading.

While Volkswagen had already started experimenting with water-cooling, the EA 276 carried on with the Beetle’s time-tested air-cooled flat-four engine. It bridges the visual and technical gap between the Beetle and the original Golf.
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1971 ESVW I


1971 ESVW I
1971 ESVW I

In the early 1970s, Volkswagen joined the list of automakers working with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop a death-proof car. Automakers were challenged to come up with solutions – no matter how expensive and/or unsightly – to keep passengers alive in a high-speed crash. The assumption was that some features would later trickle into production models.

Called ESVW I, the prototype Volkswagen presented in 1971 wore a front end made with impact-absorbing plastic and it came with a padded instrument cluster, among other innovations. Volkswagen fitted it with a rear-mounted, 1.8-liter flat-four engine tuned to make 100 HP.
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1972 T2 GT70


1972 T2 GT70
1972 T2 GT70

The GT acronym normally denotes a quick, high-performance car. When it’s on a Volkswagen Bus, however, it announces the presence of an experimental gas turbine where the air-cooled flat-four normally resides. Volkswagen built this prototype with the help of an American company named Williams Research Corporation to explore the feasibility of bringing it to mass production.

The 75 HP gas turbine was markedly more efficient than a piston engine and it took up less space. It was also much heavier and more expensive to build so the project was quickly canceled.
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1973 Basis-Transporter


1973 Basis-Transporter
1973 Basis-Transporter

Volkswagen imagined the Basis-Transporter as a budget-priced truck for emerging nations. It had to be cheap to build and simple to mend with only basic tools. It was consequently built on a ladder frame that could be easily stretched, shrunk or fitted with different bodies and it used the company’s familiar air-cooled flat-four. The engine was mounted in the front, directly under the cab, to make the back part of the truck as practical as possible.

The Basis-Transporter in the Volkswagen museum is a prototype but it spawned a production model called EA 489 internally in 1976. More commonly known as the Hormiga (Spanish for ant), the pickup was manufactured in Hanover, Germany, and sold as complete knock-down (CKD) kits and in Puebla, Mexico for the local market. About 6200 units were made.
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1973 Plattenwagen


1973 Plattenwagen
1973 Plattenwagen

Workers in Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory cleverly built the first Plattenwagen in 1946 because they didn’t have forklifts. They started with a Beetle chassis, topped it with a metal platform and added a cab (sometimes closed, sometimes open) over the rear axle. These rudimentary pickups performed a variety of tasks including carrying components around the plant and distributing tea to workers.

Dozens of Plattenwagens were made between 1946 and 1973 and Volkswagen’s archives department credits this ingenious vehicle for spawning the Bus. The one displayed in the Volkswagen museum was built in 1973. It’s equipped with a 50 HP, 1.6-liter air-cooled flat-four engine.
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1973 T2b Open Air


1973 T2b Open Air
1973 T2b Open Air

Structural rigidity be damned, Volkswagen chopped the top off a Bus in 1973 to create a convertible model called Open Air. It was never sold to the general public, for better or worse. Instead, the Open Air was built for a German television show called Ein Platz an der Sonne (a place in the sun).
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1975 Chicco


1975 Chicco
1975 Chicco

The Chicco illustrated Volkswagen’s vision of a compact yet spacious city car. It stretched 129in from bumper to bumper yet its interior offered space for four passengers in relative comfort. Seemingly impossible, this feat was accomplished using the technology Volkswagen developed for the 1970s.

Power for the Chicco came from a 0.9-liter, three-cylinder engine rated at 40 HP. It was essentially a water-cooled straight-four with a cylinder lopped off. It was mounted transversally and it spun the front wheels so engineers were able to keep the size of the engine compartment in check. The Chicco remained a prototype but it influenced Volkswagen’s subsequent city cars.
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1976 Rovomobil


1976 Rovomobil
1976 Rovomobil

This streamlined, fiberglass-bodied coupe started life in West Germany as a 1949 Beetle. It likely led an uneventful life until it moved to East Germany and ended up in the hands of enthusiasts Eberhardt Scharnowski and Burg Giebichenstein. In 1976, they removed the Beetle’s body and used the platform to create a one-of-a-kind sports car using the components and materials they were able to get their hands on.

The Rovomobil’s windshield, wipers and seats come from a Wartburg 353 while the lights are from a Trabant 601. The 34 HP, 1.2-liter flat-four is the original Beetle engine.
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1977 Passat GTI


1977 Passat GTI
1977 Passat GTI

It didn’t take long for Volkswagen to look into expanding its range of GTI-badged cars. In 1977, two years after the Golf GTI made its debut, the company built an experimental Passat powered by the familiar 1.6-liter, 110 HP four-cylinder. It had more weight to carry in the Passat than in the Golf but it nonetheless delivered impressive performance. Suspension modifications improved handling while the now-familiar assortment of red accents added a finishing touch to the look.

Engineers extensively tested the Passat GTI on public roads and loved it but Volkswagen officials shot down the project. The Passat was a family car, they argued, not a hot rod. The 110 HP engine nonetheless ended up in the range-topping GLI model developed with an eye on comfort.
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1984 Polo-powered Beetle


1984 Polo-powered Beetle
1984 Polo-powered Beetle

Volkswagen knew emissions regulations would kill the Beetle’s air-cooled flat-four engine sooner or later, though no one expected it would live until 2003. Efforts to develop a water-cooled Beetle started during the 1970s and led to this Polo-powered model built and tested in 1984.

Starting with a Mexican-built Beetle, engineers stuffed a 45 HP, 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine longitudinally in the space normally occupied by the flat-four. Getting it to fit required resorting to unusual packaging solutions; the radiator was installed under the car and protected by a thick skid plate, for example. The Polo’s engine later equipped the Bus but the Beetle kept its flat-four until the end of its production run.
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1984 IRVW III


1984 IRVW III
1984 IRVW III

Made in 1984, this second-generation Jetta-based prototype was a rolling test bed of new technologies. It looked nearly stock with the exception of a lower ride height but it was fitted with a turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine tuned to develop 180 HP. To add context, the most powerful turbodiesel offered in the regular-production Jetta generated 79 HP. Releasing 100 additional horses into the Jetta’s driveline allowed it to cruise on the Autobahn at up to 124mph.
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1987 T3 Magma


1987 T3 Magma
1987 T3 Magma

Volkswagen introduced the Magma prototype in 1987 to gauge how customers would react if it made interior and exterior changes to the venerable T3. It stood out with a specific grille that featured integrated driving lights, more rounded wheel arch flares and a two-tone paint job, among other changes. Off-road-ready equipment like a winch and a front bull bar was added to get the public’s attention and power came from a 112 HP, 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine.

None of the major changes previewed by the Magma made it onto the production line. Either they were not very well received by its target audience or Volkswagen decided not to spend money updating a model nearing the end of its life cycle in Europe and in North America.
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1990 Biagini Passo


1990 Biagini Passo
1990 Biagini Passo

Volkswagen-based cars are eligible for a spot in the company’s collection. This Italian-built Biagini Passo is one of the latest additions to the museum. It’s a first-generation Golf Cabriolet fitted with a new-look body kit, headlights from a Fiat Panda, and the Golf Country’s Syncro four-wheel drive system. The result looks like the precursor to Land Rover’s convertible Evoque.

65 examples of the Biagini Passo were made between 1990 and 1993. Most were sold on the Italian market but a handful were distributed in Germany. Rust claimed a majority of the production run in both countries.
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1990 Vario I


1990 Vario I
1990 Vario I

The Vario I concept presented in 1990 stands out as one of the missing links between the Beetle-based Meyers Manx and the ID Buggy concept car presented in 2019. It shared its platform and its 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine with the second-generation Golf but it wore a buggy-like body made of plastic. There were no doors so the passengers had to hop over the body to get in. The Manx and the ID Buggy don’t have doors, either.

Designers integrated a removable Sony boom box into the dashboard instead of installing a conventional radio in the dashboard. The Vario I was fully functional, and it turned heads everywhere it went, but there’s little indication that Volkswagen seriously considered producing it.
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1995 Balloon Beetle


1995 Balloon Beetle
1995 Balloon Beetle

The Beetle has conquered every continent – even Antarctica. Several examples became boats, including a few powered by an outboard motor, and this 1995 model took to the skies above Switzerland by adopting hardware normally developed for hot-air balloons.

Turning an unsuspecting Beetle into a hot-air balloon required cutting a sizeable hole through the roof. It drove like a normal Beetle when its four wheels were on the ground and it carried on with a 1.2-liter, 34 HP flat-four. The stock fuel tank (normally mounted in front of the firewall) was replaced by a smaller unit crammed into the engine compartment for weight distribution reasons.


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Herbie

The most recognisable VW Beetle



Herbie, the Love Bug is a fictional sentient anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, a character that is featured in several Walt Disney motion pictures starting with the 1968 feature film The Love Bug. He has a mind of his own and is capable of driving himself, and is often a serious contender in auto racing competitions. Throughout most of the franchise, Herbie is distinguished by red, white and blue racing stripes from front to back bumper, a racing-style number 53 on the front luggage compartment lid, doors, and engine lid, and a yellow-on-black '63 California license plate with the registration "OFP 857".


An original Herbie used by Disney for the filming of Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
An original Herbie used by Disney for the filming of Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

Original film car used in The Love Bug
Original film car used in The Love Bug

Fan-made Herbie replicas at Stamford Hall
Fan-made Herbie replicas at Stamford Hall

2005 Fully Loaded version of Herbie, specifically his "Street Race" look
2005 Fully Loaded version of Herbie, specifically his "Street Race" look

Herbie "personality car" preserved at Electric Dreams Slot Car in El Segundo, California. This car remotely moves its eyes, bumper, hood, doors, visors, and antenna - giving it human-like characteristics.
Herbie "personality car" preserved at Electric Dreams Slot Car in El Segundo, California. This car remotely moves its eyes, bumper, hood, doors, visors, and antenna - giving it human-like characteristics.

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