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Special exhibition - Danish Cars at Sommer's Automobilmuseum

Danske Biler

COPENHAGEN, 15 October, 2022 -- 

On Sunday 16 October, the doors to this year's special exhibition: DANISH CARS will be opened.

In its time, Denmark was one of the most important countries outside the USA assembling cars– and among the first countries where the major American brands established assembly plants. Almost a million cars have been produced here in Denmark over the years. But it is not the Danish assembly factories that the exhibition is about. Nor the many bodywork factories that were found all over Denmark, where buses and other utility vehicles and all kinds of bodywork were built: Exclusive convertibles and limousines, ambulances, hire vehicles, fire engines and much more.

Since the car's infancy, there have been countless Danish car brands, more than most imagine!

Some were lone swallows – either as an individual's desire to build his own car, or prototypes for something that was hoped would become serial production. There are many examples of both. Others had more success – e.g. Triangel, which between1918-58 produced around 4,000 cars. In recent times, we also have several Danish electric cars; the biggest success was Mini-el, better known as "Ellerten". There are plenty of examples, right from the beginning of the 1900s to date, where purely Danish cars are still manufactured - in Denmark.

Many of the early cars in particular no longer exist. Others do. It would be impossible to put together a complete exhibition of Danish cars through time – and that is not the ambition of the special exhibition either.

Some will be "missing". But the cars on display are a reflection of a period of over 100 years, which together give a representative and entertaining picture of the versatility and conditions of Danish car production. There are successes and failures - and all kinds of cars: from the beginning around 1900, fun cars from the 30s and 50s, utility vehicles, electric cars, racing cars, one-offs and of course Erik and Ole Sommer's own creations.

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