Nostalgia magazine covers the old car scene in Sweden.
This recent issue had a great article on 1949 Cadillac's.
You may have seen this
convertible years ago at Cooper's.
It was restored by SoCal member Craig Rice, then sold
to our Swedish friend Tommy Lindell (who provides us with magazines).
The Lindells did
some upgrading and now use it for touring Europe.
Tommy knows how to live.
The worldwide pervasiveness of American pop culture can not be understated. US
movies (80% of all movie revenues in Europe are generated by US films), music, and
television have saturated foreign markets for so long it seems that some Europeans and
Asians are more American many of our homeys. The mind-boggling thing in all this is that
it's the younger generations that are nostalgic for vintage Americana. Aging Detroit iron
(especially Cadillac's) is the rage in western Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
Sometimes these would-be 1950's yanks create weird attention grabbing
variations, as seen on the opposite page above, for the most part however, they tend to
keep things as original as possible. Look at the lineup of well restored 1959 Eldos
(below) at a 1999 meet somewhere in Scandinavia amazing!
Incidentally, last week the Madonna people called the SoCal office and
wanted to rent an early 1970s limo with a "brushed stainless roof and fire engine red
lowers." This Madonna mobile (if they managed to invent one) will be featured in a
music video that is being shot this week--the director is a Swede.
The 1949 convertible (left) is being driven by Tommy Lindell. Tommy and
his beautiful wife operate the largest vintage Cadillac parts & accessory business in
Europe. Every year or so they visit the states on a whirlwind buying spree. On their most
recent trip they also purchased nine cars, including two primo local Cadsa '41
fastback in San Diego and a '55 Eldo in Glendora.