The Per Arne Knudsen Photo Collection

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A photo of Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-window coupe at the 1969 Hot Rod Show in Stockholm, Sweden. Sven's coupe was shown as the Glowing Coupe. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.
Another construction photo of Per Arne Knudsen's 1934 Ford convertible taken outside the Viking Custom club garage at Alnabru in Oslo. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.
Per Arne Knudsen's 1934 Ford convertible outside the Nor-Way Custom club garage in the late 1960s. When this photo was taken Per Arne had just installed the newly bobbed right rear fender. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.
A rare color-under-construction photo of Per Arne Knudsen's 1934 Ford Convertible taken in the late 1960s. This photo seems to have been taken shortly after the engine had been painted green metallic. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.
This photo from Per Arne's collection shows a 1960 Ford station wagon driving on to a ferry somewhere in Norway. The car has the Nor-Way Custom logo painted on to the side of the car. Unfortunately, Per Arne can't remember who the car belonged to, or where and when the photo was taken. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.
An under-progress photo of Per Arne Knudsen's 1934 Ford Convertible taken at the Viking Custom club garage at Alnabru in Oslo. Per Arne's buddy Roar Arnegaard found the garage advertised for rent in a local newspaper. The garage was located at a property were the city of Oslo parked their retired city-buses. A retired city bus can be seen in the background together with Roar Arnegaard's 1953 Studebaker, a 1946 Ford coupe, one of Per Arne's parts cars, and a VW-bus. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.
An early photo of Per Arne Knudsen's 1934 Ford Convertible taken after Per Arne had began to tear it down around 1964 - 1965. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.
Per Arne Knudsen installing a fender from an air-compressor-trailer on his 1934 Ford Cabriolet. Notice the cut line on the fender. The photo is taken outside the garage Per Arne and Roar Arnegaard rented at Alnabru in Oslo sometime between 1966 and 1969. Photo courtesy of Per Arne Knudsen.

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Per Arne Knudsen of Oslo, Norway is a Norwegian hot rod pioneer. Per Arne's glowing interest for hot rods was sparked when he found an American hot rod magazine at a newsstand at Koppang station in Østerdalen of Norway in the early 1960s. At the time he had heard about The Wildcat Motorclub, another Oslo hot rod and custom club, and people such as Per Ivar Kolgrov, but he didn't know them. Per Arne grew up in the old part of Oslo, known as Gamlebyen. He worked at the Standard shoe-factory in Gamlebyen, and at one time he had six old Fords parked behind the factory. Around 1964 Per Arne formed the club Viking Custom with his friend Roar Arnegård. Viking Custom was one of the first hot rods club of Norway. Before Per Arne set off to build his well known 1934 Ford Cabriolet he worked on a 1924 Ford Model-T tudor that he wanted to build into a hot rod. That dream ended after Neslein from the vehicle licensing department had inspected it. One day, Roar who was hot rodding a 1933 Ford Roadster with some other friends, found a garage for rent at Alnabru in Oslo. The garage was advertised in a local newspaper, and it was located at the property were the city of Oslo parked their retired city-buses. Roar asked Per Arne if he wanted to rent the garage with him, he agreed and they both moved into the garage. Per Arne did most of the work on his 1934 Ford in the garage. Once completed, the vehicle licensing department in Oslo refused to approve Per Arne's 1934 Ford. After several attempts, Per Arne found out that it was impossible to fight the guys at vehicle licensing department, so he traded the '34 to Ludvig Bjørnstad for a 1956 Chevrolet two-door hardtop in 1970.[1]


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