350 new cars were transported from the Copenhagen factory to Stockholm in each trip by the converted ex German WW1 coastal defense ships Aegir and Odin.
Looks like all cars from Copenhagen got nickeled shells by then and the Touring was the most popular model by far
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The couple at the bottom of the pic are having trouble deciding which one they want.
Dave, I bet they'll pick the black one.
Those look like 1926 or 27 Fords, and that would date the photo later than 1924.
Looking closer I also think they look a lot like '26:s, Jim, but the photo was dated to 1924 in an article in the Swedish issue of Ford Times in 1964 where 60 years of Ford (and 40 years of a Ford owned import company) in Sweden was celebrated. It's very possible it was misdated.
One thing points in the 1924 direction - the transports from Copenhagen to Stockholm started with the new Ford owned import company in 1924, and the banner on the ship looks like "FORD TRANSPORT I" indicates it may have been the maiden trip?
"Don't believe everything you read." I think all of us have found mis-information in print.
Here is one of my favorites:
I myself have put my foot in my mouth here on the Forum more times than I like to admit. I always say "To air is Human"
It certainly has a ford steering box and wheel.
Looks like a T chassis.
The driver's door is open, maybe a Canadian car?
Rear of body is weird.
Could it be an aftermarket body?
Unless Ford put cowl vents on 24 Touring cars, those are 26s.
Yep. The text "Ford transport" was likely painted on sheet metal and permanent advertising for the transports. There are wikipedia articles about the transport ships that were used:
Are these Canadian or English cars assembled in Copenhagen. At that time, Sweden still drove on the left, therefore RHD Cars
James, in 1925-27 the Copenhagen factory assembled cars with english made Drop Frame chassis and fenders and USA made engines. Even though Sweden drove on the left, almost all cars that were sold here were LHD.
Later on Ford built an assembly plant in Stockholm too, but it wasn't operative until 1931 when Model T's were history.
I don't think I know the real reason why so few liked RHD cars here? I've seen discussions in 1920's motor magazines discussing the need for having full control over the left side of the car since the roads were narrow and curvy - driving into a ditch was much more of a a concern than the need for a good view when passing other cars, since there were so few other cars.
But later on after WW2 - with better roads and more cars - RHD would certainly have made more sense until the change to driving on the RH side in september 1967.
This is an interesting explanation from Roger regarding RH/LH driving in Sweden.
The earliest Model A known in the world [ A 189 & not A1 given to Edison] was sent to Sweden in early '28 as LHD. A few years ago it went to the USA but I always wondered why it was not RHD . Recent photos I saw of it showed it had mounting holes for a RH tailamp, so probably the cars there had the RH rear lamp even if LHD.
An early A known in Canada also has the same set up, as it may have been used in one of the RHD provinces.