Museum owner Bengt Strand. Ref 1
Museum owner Bengt Strand
Cars at Helsingborg technical museum.
Text and pictures Björn Bellander. Pictures current 2010
Back  Swedish version
The owner Bengt Strand died August 2012 and the museum is closed.
since 060110
© Björn Bellander


Austin  Benz  Buick  BMW Isetta  Fire car  DKW  Ford  Ford-T  Flygplan  Heinkel  Lloyd  Minerva

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Grandfather's motorcycles
Grandfather's cars gallery. Grandfather's motorcycles gallery

Mercedes  NSU Prinz  Oakland  Renault  Scania  Standard  Triumph  Tatra  Willys Vram Racer  Vespa  Museum 2015  Links
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Swedish version

Ford model Y 1933. Ref 42
Ford model Y 1933.Ford modell C Junior. Ref 41
Ford modell C Junior.Ford 8 (7Y body) 1937. Ref 43
Ford modell C Junior.


Ford Y GB

Ford Junior 1936

Ford model C

Ford Y & C models


Ford Junior 1933-34. Ref 1
Ford Junior 1933-34. Ref 1

Ford Model C Ten 1935

This model was from the beginning named Y and first sold in England. 1932 - 1935. At that time the engine was a 998 cc.
The picture shows probably a German produced model C. It had several other names in different countries like in Sweden Eifel. The car was produced in Köln 1935 - 37. It was also offered as Hitler's prototype for the investment of a peoples car. Volkswagen. For this model the coach work was change to wooden and the footsteps were removed. No copies are known to have survived.
There were two and four doors, Tudor and Fordor.
The factories in Köln were never bombed by the

allies and it is said that Henry Ford had put an ultimate to America that his factories should stop production if this happened. Among all war efforts he produced the Jeep in USA. The engine was normally a 1172 cc giving 30 hp. This engine became very popular among the trimming people in England.

These cars were produced in almost all countries like England, Spain, Germany and Australia. All the different models were scaled down from the Ford cars produced in USA.

The development for this small Ford from 1932 to middle of 1950 made it one of the most popular car types. Read more in the link Ford Y&C models.

Ford 7W De Luxe 1938. Ref 44Ford Preferct 1938-49. Ref 45Ford Prefect 1949 - 53. Ref 46 Ford Prefect 100 E 1953 - 59. Ref 47
Ford 7W De Luxe 1938. Ford Preferct 1938-49. Ford Prefect 1949 - 53, Ford Prefect 100 E 1953 - 59.
Ref. 44, 45, 46, 47

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Renault equipped with grandeur chariot made in Sweden. This car can be seen at Hoting car museum. Ref 1
Renault equipped with grandeur chariot made in Sweden. The car can be seen at Hoting car museum.
Renault drivers place. Ref 1

Renault drivers place.
Renault Voiturette 1901 . Can be seen at Köping Museum. Ref 38
Renault Voiturette 1901 . Can be seen at Köping Museum.


Renault story

Early Renaults

Brass and nickel
In Swedish

Renault about 1909. Compare with the car from Hoting.  Ref 1
Renault IG1920. Compare with the car from Hoting. Ref 1
Renault IG 1920

Louis Renault started 1898 to fabricate a car with DeDion engine and 1,75 ps.

Air cold with transmission and differential, 3 step gearbox and reverse gear. A very advanced construction. He sold 179 ex. From 1902  engine volume increased to 6,3 l. because of the demand for competition cars.

From 1904 to 1928 Renault kept the main construction of L-top, cylinder casting in pair, magnet ignition, thermo siphon cooling and the cooler placed behind engine. 1905 the models AX and AG came. They were the base for all Renault cars, even the famous Taxis de la Marne. The taxi cabs of Paris helped to move the French army during the battle of Marne. The Germans were stopped. 1908 a 6 cyl car was announced. 1911 removable tires and pressure lubrication. More than 10000 cars were produced. Renault has not any down periods of importance.

About the 1901 car, there is not so much information, more than it has been owned by the Renault reseller, Erik Lundvik, in Stockholm and that the car has been on display in the Marble Halls 1925.  The car was left for restoring in 1990th in Stockholm.

The Renault 1901 to the left has the complete name of Type D Series B Voiturette. Typically for the mark after 1902 was that the cooler was placed behind the engine. Perhaps the driver got warm air for the coupé.

A dark chapter is that Louis Renault died in prison 1944 after been accused for collaboration with the Nazis. After his dead the company was nationalized. During and after the war a small car was developed, CV4, with the help? of Ferd. Porsche who was in jail for war crime. Although it was announced that he could go free for 500000 franc. His son earned money for construction of the Cisitalia car and paid this sum. For a long time Renault did not make their own bodies, instead there were left to different body firms in France.

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Swedish version


Ford T 1918


Ford T spec.


Ford T 1918. Ref 1
Ford T 1918. Ref 1

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Swedish version

Austin Seven. Ref 1
Austin Seven. Ref 1


Austin Motor Co

Austin Seven Gallery

Austin Seven

Austin Seven barn find


Austin Seven. Ref 1
Austin Seven. Ref 1
The history about Austin Seven is just like to tell about Herbert Austin and his work with Austin Seven as the base.

The car type that has been widely spread and copied is Austin Seven. Herbert Austin was a self taught car enthusiast in the beginning of early 1900. In this time a quick person could learn by private work and studies to work with car constructions. In this way one could learn to create successful cars.

Herbert Austin worked with tools at Wolseley. He thought he had better ideas for a car. 1905 he started his own making of a car called Austin. Those car types he made in the beginning was ordinary family cars.

They were called Austin Twelve and twenty. He had also cooperation with Hotchkiss to whom he sold engines. He didn't made profit enough and realized that a small car was the right one for England. A car was taxed after it's engine power. The motor fuel was also expensive. During the WWI he earned much money. 

He used it 1922 to develop a car which would suit English people. It became an Austin Seven. This car had an engine with 850 cc and 13 ps, two seats and an extra seat in the rear.

 Engine had 4 cylinders and only 2 main bearings in the beginning. Whole England bought this car model. I am sure they mostly used it to go for pub rounds. Herbert Austin established this car in the whole of Europe.

Those car producers that bought licenses  in order to make copies was BMW-Dixi, Rosengart, the Danish, the Japanese Datsun, MC Nimbus and even the American Bantam. From Bantam it became later Jaguar Swallow.

Totally 375000 Seven were built.

Now Herbert looked with interest  on the export market  in America. Here he started the firm American Austin in Butler Pennsylvania. 

Back home in England the small Seven sold so good that many small special car builder started with a Austin and many of them became small car producers. As Lotus with mainly the Lotus Seven and other sport cars. 1932 Austin got big competition from the new For Y which took 50% share of the market.

Austin Seven became later the main idea for the small Mini.

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Minerva badge. Ref 1
Minerva badge.Rear seat. Ref 1
Rear seat.Driver's place. Ref 1
Driver's place.Seen from behind. Ref 1
Car seen from behind.Knight engine. Ref 1
Knight engine. Stock certificate for Minerva. Ref 1
Stock certificate for Minerva.Minervette at Svedino museum. Ref 1
Minervette at Svedino museum.


Minerva Automobile

Minerva pictures

Minerva panzer cars


Minerva type AC. Ref 1
Minerva type AC. Ref 1
Owner id. Ref 1 Steerign wheel. Ref 1 ID plate in the car. Ref 1
Owner id. Ref 1, Steerign wheel. Ref 1, ID plate in the car. Ref 1
Minerva 1900 - 1939
Minerva is such a mark that must have a mystical history behind. That is what you think.

When studying the mark strictly there is no interesting story. Only the usual. Two brothers De Jong started bicycle manufacturing in the beginning of 1890, almost the same years they made small engines in series for motorcycles. They also produced an motorcycle of their own which had a good selling.

This was not the goal for the brothers. they wanted to put money on cars. Their first was a Panhard like one, selling 1904. At this time much people had money to pay large and expensive luxury.

Minerva production wanted to connect to this train. Furthermore they changed engine type when they bought a license for a double slide Knight engine. From 1909 all cars were equipped with this engine. The important thing that Minerva could continue with these luxury cars for a small number of customers was that Belgium had decided to supply their army with armored cars.

For this a Minerva frame was well suited. Compare with in England when the Navy chose Rolls Royce Silver Ghost for the same purpose. Lanchester was also a special mark for this.

This paid what Minerva needed to be able to continue with these big expensive cars. During the twentieth the car production was blooming and up to 1926 it continued all the time. Minerva become the biggest employee in Belgium and had the most 1600 workers in their factory. They sold as most 2500 car one year. On the same time Minerva build their own coach works on the contrary to other luxury car builders.

After 1928 - 29 the selling decreased considerable and Minerva was forced to take other jobs and build coach works for Adler four wheel driven cars 1935. They were also forced to merge with the other car manufacturer in Belgium, Imperia. One can see the influence on the Adler coach works and for Imperia 1938.

One try for a new type of car came 1930 but was badly sold and few cars were produced up to 1935. A trial with the the V8 engine from Ford was done 1953 but didn't come longer than a prototype. This car had also torsion spring and front drive.

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Swedish version

Benz buss imported 1918 in parts

Benz buss from 20th. Ref 1
Benz buss from 20th.
Benz Info. Ref 1

Benz Info.


Benz modeller 1912 -



Benz Buss. Ref 1
Benz Buss. Ref 1
Benz bus imported 1918

Between 1912 - 1918 Benz delivered several different types of engines and coach works. The shown bus is a rebuilt unknown type probably from 1916 or about that time. After WWI Germany was not allowed to export due to the Versailles peace 

treaty. Everything that might be war material was not allowed. Separate parts were allowed. Swedish air force did import fighters for the marine in parts. This bus must have been the last which was under this order. Rebuilt and for sure lengthened to be able to take the longer coach work.

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Swedish version


These links only in Swedish

GP Vram 1933

Sveriges GP Vram


Chevy racer with Ford frame and Citroên wheels. Ref 1
Chevy racer with Ford frame and Citroên wheels. Ref 1
Racing in Sweden was often done with rebuild American cars.
Here a 6 cyl. Chevrolet car mounted on a lightened Ford frame made for the race at Vram 1933. The owner may be Martin Strömberg. The racing number on the cooler is not the right one. See link.
The car did some more races and was later incorporated in this museum.
The child author Astrid Lindgren was race secretary during this time and can be heard and seen in a interview which can be seen on YouTube many years later.

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Swedish version

Buick 8. Ref 1
Buick 8. Ref 1




Buick 8 1933. Ref 1
Buick 8 1933. Ref 1
Buick 8 1933
When better cars are to be built, Buick will do it. This is a well known slogan.

In the childhood of motorism an engineer, David Buick work with construction of stationary steam machines for agriculture. Any way his goal was to produce a car of his own and to sell it all over United States. He started to construct an engine.

As many enthusiasts in the beginning David was not good in handling money and soon he had spend all his money. The bank would not lend him more money.

The one which lost most money was the owner of a sheet metal workshop where Dave had borrowed money.

William Durant was a well known investor. He went in this business and took over the lead of Buick factory 1904 and before the end of the year the production was running.

A many other founder of today well know car marks David Buick disappeared in the heavy fog over Detroit factories.

Durant created then the large company named General Motors when he bought several of other car factories in trouble.

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Mercedes 170V 1937

Info. Ref 1
Info. Ref 1
Royal reg. no. Ref 1Royal reg. no.

Prins Bertil's Mercedes Cab. Ref 1
Prins Bertil's Mercedes Cab. Ref 1

This 1937 Mercedes Cab is rebuilt with an extra seat in the rear, even called a son-in-law seat. Note that the cab frame is missing. This rebuilding might have been ordered by Swedish Prince Bertil himself. At this time he had for some years ended his work at Thulinverken where he had worked as mechanic/trainee at Thulinverken in Landskrona 1928.. There are no links for this car.

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Soap car. Ref 1
Soap car. Ref 1Engine storage. Ref 1
Engine storage.

Tatraplan. Ref 1Vespa bil. Ref 1En av flera Heinkel som finns här. Ref 1BMW Isetta. Ref 1

Tatraplan Tatra                Fulda                               Heinkel                            BMW Isetta

Willys Overland. Ref 1Triumph Mayflower. Ref 1Lloyd. Ref 1Standard 8. Ref 1

Willys                               Triumph Mayflower        Lloyd                                Standard 8 Standard

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Oakland 1915

Oakland badge. Ref 1
Oakland badge.Oakland info. Ref 1
Oakland info.
Upright for spring system. Ref 1
Upright for spring system.
Rear spring system. Ref 1
 Rear spring system.



2 sits Oakland. Ref 1
Oakland 1915 2 seats sport.

This coach work is under renovation. The mark was bought by Durant for his GM list of badges. Oakland was sold bad compared to it's sister car Pontiac and Oakland was ceased 1940.

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Hobby plane built on the frame from BA4 or copied

Engine installation. Ref 1
Engine installation.
Engine from Citroên (Panhard?). Ref 1
Engine from Citroên (Panhard?)Info. Ref 1

Hobby plane. Ref 1
Hobby plane. Ref 1

A homebuilt hobby plane built from the frame of a BA4. Owner, builder and pilot was photograph Egon Alm Åstorp. Engine is a 2 cylinder French Citroên or Panhard from 1939.
The designation BA4 is probably an early plane constructed by Björn Andreasson, later working as designer at SAAB. Jag har senare hittat  info från Helsingborgs dagblad att det är Egen Alms plan.

I made a text about this plane in Facebook and got the following links.
1. From lars Sundin
See link:
2. From Fredric Lagerquist
See link:

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Swedish version

NV MC engine. Ref 1
NV MC engine.
Probably side valve Douglas MC engine. Ref 1
Probably side valve Douglas MC engine
Engine for Jowett Javelin late 40th. Ref 1
Engine for Jowett Javelin late 40th
Jowett Javelin

NSU Prinz. Ref 1NSU Prinz. Ref 1The great many small odds and ends. Ref 1This DKW had to be parked outside. Ref 1

NSU Prinz                         NSU Prinz                                              DKW F5 DKW F7

Wife for owner Bengt Strand. Ref 1Owner Bengt Strand. Ref 1Spare parts. Ref 1Early Chevrolet lorry. Ref 1

 Bengt Strand's Wife Hedy.                 Bengt Strand owner

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Driving permission during WWII. Ref 1



Fire T-Ford car in Nyvång. Ref 1
This is as a Fire Car rebuilt T-Ford.

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Scania ca 1905


Scania Vabis museum

Scania Vabis



Scania. Ref 1
Scania car from about 1905. Built in Skane before merging with Vabis.

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Museum today 2015

The front area where Bengt stored red DKW and other small cars. Ref. 1

The front area where Bengt stored red DKW and other small cars.A picture into the museum where small cars were stored. One NSU can be seen. Ref. 1
A picture into the museum where small cars were stored. One NSU can be seen.I remember this road work machine from my earlier visits. Ref. 1
I remember this road work machine from my earlier visits.The entrence to the backside part of the museum. In this place Bent had placed the rests of a Rax MC. See page 18 in the MC part. Ref. 1
The entrance to the backside part of the museum. In this place Bengt had placed the rests of a Rex MC. See page 18 in the MC part.

Museum with it's entrance 2015. Ref. 1
Museum with it's entrance 2015. Ref. 1

Bengt Strand died 2012 in one of the most common deceases for men in Sweden. That is cancer. All who were interested in this museum wondered if there should be a large auction for all the fine objects. Nothing was heard about this, neither in motor paper or local newspapers. The website of the museum wrote that it was closed and gave a telephone no. But no one answered. Rumours should if another museum had put an offer should be known at once. But nothing. The family had two sons living in USA. I was told this by wife Hedvig and they were expected to take over. There were no problems. It is also told that city of Helsingborg wanted this building for industrial purposes as the area was aimed for industries. This lot is easy to sell.
2015 I visited the place when driving in Skåne and the shown pictures were taken.
The lot is guarded by Securitas and there are several plates shoe this. May be the object still are inside, but I could not peep through the fence. There were some small cars seen among them one NSU.
I have got the information that the museum still is owned by a member of Strand family. She i married with Peter ?. An old farm near by Helsingborg is bought. It's sourrounding buildings are supposed to be renovated in order to house the most interesting objekts and will be used as a new museum. Will see how they succeed.

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Arvika car mc museum
Assa car museum
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Beaulieu England
Bynanders Car MC
Car sport museum Karlskrona
Chaparral carmuseum
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Dalén musem
Eds Motorcycle museum
Enoch Thulin Landskrona
Falkoping MC Museum
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Grafors Collection
Grangesberg Locos
Hannover air museum
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Holmgren VW collection
Haynes England
Hjorted Mopedmuseum
Harnosand carmuseum
Huskvarna museum
Ivar Car museum Hoting
Koping car museum
Krylbo-Norbergs rail
My Vehicles
Malmkoping mil. vehicle museum
Malmo Technical museum
Mercedes Benz 2000
Mercedes Benz 2018
MC-Collection Sweden
MC museum Hedemora
Motala museum
Munktell museum
Museum joerney 2018
My ArtGlas collection
NSU 2018
Otto Walz 2018
Outbordmuseum Varb.
Peugeot 2018
Porsche 2000
Porsche 2018
Rydaholms Car Museum
Robot Museum Sweden
Regnsjo, SAF cars
Panzeranzer museum
ScaniaVabis museum
Sinsheim museum 2000
Sinsheim museum 2018
Skokloster car museum
SSK Boxcar
Storvik Odds and Ends
Svedino car & airplane
Soderhamn Air Force
Sparreholm museum
Sagen Technical museum
Surahammar MC
Swedish Air force museum
Swedish submarines
Torsong MC museum
Torsby Car MC museum
Technical museum Helsinb
Technical museum Stockholm
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