A combination of being an engineer, traveller, animal lover and industrialist not only helped Gustaf Sigvard Berggren to open not only Europe’s only open-air zoo where African wild animals can roam together (Borås Zoo), but also allowed him to design a futuristic car that was intended to solve problems for long distance travel.
When petrol was being rationed after the end of World War II, every automobile major was in the process to develop something new that would consume lesser fuel while in Frufällan, Sweden, Berggren thought of something radical. He started sketching his thought with designs that had elements of a Douglas DC3 aircraft as aeroplanes was a subject he loved.
It was in 1951 when he met Ragnar Björklund who had a large workshop. Berggren requested him for some space and hired a car mechanic Henrik Neuman. Work began work on his new car.
Taking the chassis of a 1938 Dodge 7-seater taxi, Neuman placed its V8 engine in the middle of the car so that there was an equal distribution of weight. This also allowed the car to be divided in to two parts – driver’s cabin and a lounge-like area for resting at the rear (since it was supposed to travel long distances).
The body was made out of longitudinal steel pipes on which a 0.75 mm metal sheet was draped. To insulate the car from heat and cold, the car was given a filler containing saw-dust. This ensured the car to be lighter at 2 tons though it was over 6 meters in length and 2 meters in width. The car could travel to a maximum speed of 200 km/hr. He named it as the Future Car.
This car is now kept in a museum in Sweden.
A rare collectible whose value will grow with time.
|- Only 333 exclusive pieces created|
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- Exclusive Edition models|
|- On plinth (platform base) with plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||7 x 3 x 3|