Swedes caught onto the classic American car craze more than half a century ago. The country boasts more restored 1950s classics than the US, according to some estimates. An estimated 5,000 classic cars – such as Pontiac Silver Streaks and Plymouth Road Runners – are shipped to Sweden each year. And the fervor built around these cars is fueling a subculture of American nostalgia in Scandinavia.
The whole car craze spawned a subculture here – Raggare. Fredrik Tillberg, now 40, has been living the raggare lifestyle for the past decade.
For many raggare, that means picking up chicks, chugging cheap beer, and riding around in a classic American car crammed with friends. But Tillberg had to sell his 1969 Dodge Dart for a more family-friendly set of wheels.