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While Volvo celebrates 40 years of their 240 model range (born 21 augustus 1974) and 7 decades of the PV444 (1 september 1944) it’s also 47 years back in time since Sweden was the most confusing place in the world to drive a car. The country had their ‘Dagen H’ eventually leading to 5 AM on 3 September 1967. Dagen H stood for 'Days of Högertrafik’ - Swedish for ‘Right hand traffic’. Yes, Sweden changed from driving on the left to driving on the right on that particular moment in time. The reason? Neighboring Norway and Finland were driving on the right either, which made Sweden a bit of an oddball sandwiched in between them. Apart from that the government found that left hand driven vehicles caused too many head-on collisions while driving on the left. And so, while 80% of the Swedes said no to the change in a referendum, the change was there to come.
As you can see in this famous picture taken on that September morning in Stockholm, it lead to some, erm, imbalance. But according to the contemporary press only 125 minor accidents were reported on the day. One boy on a bicycle broke his leg after he was hit be a confused driver – supposedly one of the worst incidents. The politicians were also keen to report that traffic accidents went down over the next few months. However, by 1969, the accident rates were back at their normal levels and the Dagen H became once more a point of discussion... Left hand driven traffic is in a minority now – this map shows you the exceptions in blue. For better or worse?
(Picture courtesy Wikipedia/Jan Collsiöö)
In the 1950s lots of little factories -or even artisans- created cars with old parts from cheap WWII scrap which could be found almost everywhere. But this is not the case of our current quiz. This friendly looking car wasn´t produced in a country which took part in the War, and it wasn´t made from old parts of other cars: all components, inside and out, were newly made by this little company. Another hint is important for this car: despite the suggestive front end design the engine is located in the rear and is air cooled. So if you know or find out what it is, use no more than 100 words to tell us marque, year, model, origins and name of the creator. And please send in before Monday, September 1, if you want to have a chance winning the PostWarClassic T-Shirt! Good luck!
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