Bo Sandberg

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An early photo of Gamen, as he is checking out Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford roadster. One of the first channeled hot rods of Sweden. Photo courtesy of Leif Hultdin.
In 1961 Gamen bought this 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe from a junkyard in Norway. He sold the rusted body to his brother Sven who used it for his Glowing Coupe build. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird. This version of Gamen's first Thunderbird was completed in 1962.
Gamen painting flames on Hans Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1938 Chevrolet in 1962. This photo was taken in Gamen's garage in Flensvägen in Örby. Photo courtesy of Sven and Maude Sandberg, from
A Mercury custom that Gamen owned in 1963. The front bumper on the car came from Hans Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1957 DeSoto. Gamen had also painted flamed on the 1939 Ford in the photo. The photo was taken outside Henry's Fik, in 1998 it was published in Nostalgia 2 1998.
The Surfin Bird version of Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird was completed in 1964.
Sven Sandberg's 1956 Ford Sunliner convertible of Stockholm, Sweden. Sven's Sunliner was completed in 1964, featuring a Burgundy Mist paint job by Gamen.
Bo Sandberg's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster, Purple Passion. The build was completed around 1965.
Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe of Stockholm, Sweden. Sven started the build, known as the Glowing Coupe, in 1961. The first version was shown in 1965, featuring a paint job by Gamen.
Arne Lindstrand's 1955 Chevrolet of Stockholm, Sweden. Arne's Chevrolet was restyled in the early 1960s. This is how it appeared at the Hot Rod Show in Stockholm in 1966, featuring a turquoise paint job by Gamen.
Göran Silfors' 1936 Ford Sedan of Sweden as it appeared in 1965, featuring a flame paint job by Gamen.
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird. Gamen's Thunderbird, named the Wild Bird was completed in 1966.
Bo Sandberg's Cool Cat. The Cool Cat was a customized Jaguar E-Type built by Gamen. The build was completed in 1967, featuring a a red and pink Metalflake paint job.
Gamen started Colorod Magazine.
A greeting card from Gamen's 50 year birthday. Photo courtesy of Bengt Wennergren.

Bo "Gamen" Sandberg of Stockholm, Sweden. Bo was born in 1939, and he had been to the United States at an early age, as his dad ran a forwarding company, and Sven sometime was allowed to travel with his dad on the chartered planes.[1]

Bo's parents lived at Kungsholmen in Stockholm. He had many nicknames, and is known as both "Bosse" and "Gamen". At age 14 Gamen began buying and restoring mopeds. After a while he started to customize the mopeds, giving them a personal touch. When he got his drivers license, he swapped the mopeds for cars. Gamen grew early an interest for the American car culture, and already in 1957 he founded the Road Devils of Stockhom, a "raggar-club." When Gamen went to the US with his dad, he brought magazines and stuff back home, to himself, and to his friends.[1]

Gamen was a driving force behind the second generation of Swedish hot rodders and customizers.

When he was old enough, Gamen and his brother Sven, moved from their parents on Kungsholmen, to Stureby.[2]

Around 1964 / 1965 Gamen and Göran Silfors ran a custom parts company and body shop called Yankee Junk in Älvesjö, in Stockholm, Sweden. The name of the company was not popular overseas, so they changed name to Yankee Custom Parts.[3]

Gamen worked for a while at Ernst Nilsson, a Volvo repair shop in Stockholm.Later on he also started the Swedish rod and custom magazine Colorod. Gamen ran the magazine from his shop.

Bo Sandberg's Cars

Bo Sandberg's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster - Purple Passion
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - Surfin Bird
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird
Bo Sandberg's Cool Cat

Cars Painted by Bo Sandberg

Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe - The Glowing Coupe
Göran Silfors' 1936 Ford Sedan
Hans Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1938 Chevrolet Convertible
Arne Lindstrand's 1955 Chevrolet

Sven Sandberg's 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible

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