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Museum. Ref. 1
Now we are going to visit Arnolds small museum situated just before the little village Ramvik in Ångermanland Sweden. This is an old country side area situated along road 90, 10 min north High Coast Bridged. To find this place just turn to the right, when sign Ramvik show you under the railway and then drive just 1 km to reach the manor house of the Heritage farm of wife Arnold Sundström. This old farm is from 1769 build on a small hill including 2 living houses, complete barn and on the area a cellar.
On a small part of a arable field there is a visit parking place arranged. Then the visitor can take a stair up to the court yard to reach the front of the main entrance of the barn. Here Arnold, the museum owner, can meet expected visitors. Normally he take care of all visitors to show them around in the museum.
The museum is Arnold's life goal and here he shows his old cars and lots of small things since 1953, which he has gathered during his long active life. If one has had collecting mania during many years, all storing places will be filled up. So it was for Arnold and many others. Compare with Bo Ellergren in Hjorted and his Moped museum.
His car selling company is from 2002 taken over by his son and Arnold now is only a elf in the firm built up in the sity of Kramfors selling lots of KIA cars.
What to do with all his stored parts? One must have som sort of occupation and the idea grew to change the barn which since long time had no animals anymore, to a museum showing all his collected odds and ends. This would also be a nice place to gather friends to come together eat some food and mingle in the museum area.
Family house. Ref. 1
The old heritage houses, with two living houses one from 1769. In the good old times, the parents always had to move into a separate house. That's what affordable in the counties of Ångermanland and Hälsingland. Today there are often the children who will start in these houses. Note that there are no shortcuts on this side which leads to the entrances of the houses. On countryside a well cut grass area is the rule. May be a Jaguar parked in the shadow.
Jaguar XK. Ref. 1
Arnold had for a long time thought about to buy an English sport car. It became an E-type coupé. But now the next problem came. Where to keep it. The barn was not good enough. It was to difficult to drive inside and also take it out for a ride.
But, it was solved with the help of the old cellar on the yard. Instead of it's roof a second flat was built. This became a luxury garage with coffee place and a wonderfull view over the landscape. One bad thing though, the floor don't like oil drops from an English engine. This became the place for the nice Jaguar Coupé looking over road 90 to Kramfors.
VW. Ref. 1
Arnold started as a salesman for Volkswagen 1953. May be in Härnösand. For this reason he has a special feeling for this car model. Here, in the barn, you can find 4 copies of type 1 and among them to the left an early VW 1200 1948. The white one from 1961 with blinkers on the fenders. I had one myself.
This model was equipped with a forged camshaft delivered by Bofors forging factory. The fault was that the hardening was bad and the shaft nocks were worn out. When this car was bought I asked if the camshaft was changed on guarantee. The light in this time was also really bad and why not speak about the heating from the easy rosting heating chambers. One must be glad if the defroster system could hold a small opening in the windshield. One thing was good, the engine never failed when getting old. It only became weaker and weaker.
When I married a 500 km drive home from Skåne, after my wedding. It was -10°. An clear opening in the windshield was managed with my thumb. Nice memory today.
The blue and green cars to the right, picture below, may be the last type 1 models from 1974 equipped with arched windshield. It was a regulation that settled a distance from head to windscreen.
Note also the design of the headlamps. Read about this in the link from Holmgren VW. Here much is told about early VW in Sweden.
VW. Ref. 1
BMW 700. Ref. 1
BMW700 aircold engine Ref. 1
Control equipments. Ref. 1
Control eqipments BMW. Ref. 1
BMW 328 engine at BMW-museum. Ref. 1
BMW 501 frame at BMW museum. Ref. 1
Much happened up to 1980.
Now Arnold felt to be ready and started his own firm. This was
placed in Kramfors and he got an agency for BMW and Honda. There
was a demand if agency for these cars, that he must offer a service
workshop. Now things were serious. A cheaper model was also for sale
in his hall and it was Lada.
BMW. Ref. 1
In the rebuilt barn on the hayloft where Arnold has stored his BMW cars and one Hansa Borgward Isabella Coupé. The Bayarian beauty BMW 501 came on the market 1952-54. BMW was almost ruined and the beauty as a car was to expensive and had bad selling. In the first year there was the pre war 4 cyl. engine from type 328. It was too weak for the heavy car. Later a 2.5 and a 3.2 liters V8 with two carburettors, giving 100 to 160 hp. It had a very nice design.
Partly text from BMW museum Nürnberg.
BMW luxury limousine was announced officially 1954 and stopped to be produced 1961 according to museum info. Different opinions can be found on websites. The car was produced except that BMW could not afford the development that was required. The economy was very bad in the beginning of 1950. The car was rather advanced and could be delivered with a V8 giving 100 hp, depending on year model. The sale never reached sufficient production quantity. During the whole period 15000 copies were produced.
Arnold has played with some
motorcycles during his days. On exhibition he has two interesting
cycles. One Whizzer about which one you can read in the link. It will
show you to one of my museum sites. The Rumi cycle is a nich
craftsmanship produced in Italy after the war. See the link. I have
during some years owned a 2 cyl. BSA 750 of which I have written a
detailed article. See link.
Model car collection
Part of model collection. Ref. 1
A collection can be many different things. The importance is to collect many of the same type. Arnold has during the years and travels gathered 654 different model cars. His favourite is Tucker Torpedo which first came 1947, manufactured in 51 copies and today there are 22 survivers. For futher information I have added information of this car. The model may be bought 2009.
Part of model collection. Ref. 1
Key ring collection. Ref. 1
An other type of collection is key rings. The number is not counted, but among all these there is one of great value. That is the first one from IKEA. It is designed as a small furniture. For this teason it is not so flat and inconvenient to keep in pocket. Can you find it?
Coffee and meeting room
Coffeeroom. Ref. 1
The coffee room itself is big enough to be used for club meetings or celebrations. Here Arnold and I sat and drank coffee speaking about museums and cars for an hour. I am thankfull this interesting opportunity that Arnold gave me. But why not, think upon to be invited for a party some nice sommer evening together with 25 other persons with the same interests. A good meal and then with the coffee cup mingle with the gusests in the nice museum rooms. Here we could exchange knowledge about old cars, horsewagons, record players, different car models and also about key rings. Maybe mostly about old times. There is no problem to be without a topic.
Other odds ends
Adversity posters for Opel. Ref. 1
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Hannover air museum
Hassleholm mil. vehicles
Holmgren VW collection
Ivar Car museum Hoting
Koping car museum
Malmkoping mil. vehicle museum
MC museum Hedemora
Rydaholms Car Museum
Robot Museum Swe.
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Skokloster car museum
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Svedino car & airplane
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Torsong MC museum
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Technical museum Helsinb.
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