The butcher Valo Nordstrom in Edstuga, Gavleborg county, Sweden, bought a new 1923 Touring and outfitted it with accessory springs. The double white side tires that most new Fords had got since 1916-17 can be clearly seen in this photo. From 1924 on, tires were all black from Ford.
Great picture, Thanks for sharing.
Both photos appear to be LHD. I thought Sweden drove on the left until the 1960s?
For some reason RHD cars were never popular even though Sweden drove on the left. Roads were narrow and curvy, so it may have felt more important to keep good control of the LH side of the car so they didn't drive into the ditch back in the old days.
By the 50's roads were improved and traffic had increased so there were lots of accidents, but 80% of the public still voted against a change in a poll 1955. By the mid 60's traffic safety was even more in focus and the change to RH driving was made in '67. The number of deadly accidents were reduced after the change.
Seems dogs have always loved Model Ts. Thanks for posting this, Roger, great photo !
I suppose the butcher's dog lived a very privileged life
Except during hard times. Great photo, Roger, thanks.
When I drove up through Sweden in 1959 I was told even Volvo had not sold a right hand drive car in Sweden because the Swedes had always planned to change over to driving on the right side of the road in the near future.
Great photo and info!
My Bubs always moved into the driver's spot but she never put her paws in the steering wheel.
She prob'ly just wanted to learn the pedals. :-)
In the San Francisco Bay Area, way back in the 1970s, there was a fellow that had a model T and loved to ride along as "his dog drove". In reality, he sat in the middle, worked the pedals and throttle himself while the dog sat in the driver's seat with its front paws on the steering wheel, while he kept his left hand on the bottom of the wheel doing the actual steering.
They made it onto short features for several nationally shown tv shows of the day, I believe "That's Incredible" and probably "Real People" among them. I never met the man (or the dog), but they were on local channels and newspapers quite often. I did know a few people that did know him, and they always said he was quite conscientious about his driving and paid very close attention to everything going on around him. But he could make it look like he was reading a book while the dog drove.
A wonderful photo, thank you Roger K, for the picture, and the trip down memory lane.