Right now...stop reading and go ask 10 people, "Who makes the coolest cars?" then come back. Good you are back...what were the answers? Italy, Germany, USA, Japan, maybe England? I bet Sweden was not on most people's radar. And that is a shame, because the small country of only 9.5 million just rolled in like a viking ship and laid waste to how many of us think of awesome automobiles. For most people cool cars are something like this-

Of course if you are a lifelong SAAB fan or Volvo-head (I just made that word up) you've known for a while that Sweden has been making some unique, quirky, and downright fun machines.

But that is the thing for the longest time unique, quirky, and safe was how most people perceived Swedish automobiles. And that is fine, but quirky and safe don't sell (RIP SAAB). Quirky and safe are not put on posters. Until now...

Sure Volvo still makes very safe cars. But they are sexy too. Just look at those lines…

Are they for everyone? No….but that is what makes them great. German cars look nice but the styling is for the most part "safe."

Italy has made and will continue to make very fast, and beautiful cars. But that beauty has transitioned from Renaissance art-

To more "abstract art"-

While the Italians were busy fighting over who could make the most ridiculous looking hypercar (yes I said it, come at me bro). Christian von Koenigsegg has been quietly tinkering and improving his supercars, sharpening his battle-ax to soon unleash hell upon the world of speed.

It can be quite chilly in Sweden so perhaps that is how they can put so much "cool" in their machines. O.k that is a bogus theory...but what are some of your favorites from the Nordic land?


@AutomatchTom is a professional car buying consultant, lover of all things automotive and a bit wagon obsessed. You can find more ramblings and plenty of carporn here.