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The Story of All the Trashy Old American Cars in Sweden: Pilsner Bilar / Raggare

Anybody who’s been to Sweden, especially over the last couple of years and has paid attention to the car culture there may have noticed a particularly unusual form of car passion involving US beater metal.
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Yes, you’ll see much more of these old American cars than you’d expect and you’ll see them fully loaded with passengers that, sometimes, like to enjoy booze while on the move.

This thing is called Pilsner Bilar, which, in English can be translated as Beer Car, while others just call it Raggare. To be a part of such a community, you must find yourself behind the wheel of some American retro contraption, with the only new US cars that are... socially accepted being those that have kept the classic styling cues, such as the Camaro and the Mustang.

All these cars look like crap because... they are crap. Let’s just say the salty flavor of the Swedish roads isn't exactly their favorite aroma, but hey, what are a few sacrifices when you want to be part of this motorized hippie-like movement?

This kind of vehicles are a pretty rare sight when it comes to fresh imports, so once you get a hold of one, it’s basically your only option. The Swedish law is rather strict when it comes to inspections, so these rides are kept in check mechanically.

Apparently, beat up Volvos are OK too, as long as they precede the 850. Boxy...

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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