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The Volkswagen has 70 years of history, as a car brand in Sweden

the War was over, Germany was still, as before the division in west Germany and the GDR followed a year later. And Helsingborg was still officially with the e: Hälsingborg. Although Sweden escaped the war's worst horrors, so was our country still characterised by shortages, when import restrictions made life miserable for, not least the motor trade.

Then – 70 years ago – came Folkvagnen to Sweden, imported by lastvagnstillverkaren Scania-Vabis in Södertälje, sweden. In the anniversary book that the Volkswagen Group Sverige let Peter Haventon compile, ”Volkswagen 70 years in Sweden”, allows itself the in bilkretsar well-known motorhistorikern to use the name Volkswagen. For so said the man, and says often than in the day when VW comes up.

Sickna cars! The public flocked in large numbers to when the first delivery of Folkvagnar to Sweden, made a lemonadstopp in north Sweden. Photo: Archive Peter Haventon

the Four drivers had driven the four ”Folkorna” from the factory in Wolfsburg to the Elsinore and up at the ferry. The cars was then taken over by the four drivers on the other side of the strait, sent into Helsingborg from the port of Södertälje.

like any kick-start on sales. The first delivery in Sweden of a Volkswagen Type 1 became a reality until early the following year, in 1949. A service engineer at the Royal telegrafverket then had to receive his car, with a purpose built cabinet for the engineer's toolset, where the other wagons were found a rear seat.

During the remainder of 1949, it was not any rush – in total was 349 ”Folkor” this year, one of them delivered to the ”motorprinsen” prince Bertil. In 1950, however, there was other buns of what the terms of the sale of the plump floral car with air-cooled rear engine: 8.252 wagons.

Already in 1955 it was delivered to 50.000:e Folkvagnen to Sweden. And that year was the Swedish agency fact, the world's biggest importer of Volkswagen, know Haventon to tell.

Scania-Vabis-the director Carl-Johan Lewenhagen thread on a gold watch on Bertil Wallin's arm, and submits a certificate stating that the driver logged 10,000 miles with his Volkswagen Type 1. Photo: Archive Peter Haventon

as it is usually hot, which Peter Haventon describes with a row for each epoch, the interesting digressions and anecdotes. The VW models we remember, may recall or not recall, passes, Transportation, Karmann Ghia, 1500/1600, 411/412, K70 (with the shift to the engine), Santana and Derby. And those who are still living: Golf, Passat, Scirocco, Polo, Touareg, Tiguan, Touran, Amarok, superlyxvagnen the Phaeton – and so then the Beetle, retromodellen with Type 1 dna in and of itself. Now, however, on the way to retirement.

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