Three amazing builds from Elmia


So far you’ve probably seen the original coverage of the 2022 BillSport Performance and Custom Motor Show (Elmia) in Junkoping, Sweden. If you haven’t, you can read all about it here.

The bar has certainly been raised since the last show of 2019, and since there were some builds that were really different to me, I thought they were worth a closer look.

1959 Oldsmobile 98


Let’s start with this 1959 OldSmobile 98 built by Steven Jarud of Järudd custom car.


Steven is no stranger to Speedhunters and some of you may remember his 1968 Dodge Coronet featured by Brian eight years ago. He started his Olds build in 2017 and applied a similar mash-up concept, but this time America met Germany.


On the outside it looks like a normal muscle car with patina-rich panels, lowered with big wheels – which we’ve seen before. Things start to look different when you get a little closer.


The 98 has everything you would expect in a high-end modern car – a 360-degree camera in the mirror, a digital gauge and an infotainment touchscreen. So much technology in the 63-year-old car? Something must be happening.


Sure, the whole electrical system – the chassis, floor pan, driveline and interior not to mention everything came from a 2017 G12 BMW 730D limousine donor car. It was the perfect choice for this project, as BMW’s wheelbase measured the same as OldSmobile’s.


The engine bay has also been refreshed. Here, the 730D’s B57D30 Straight-Six has an upgraded turbo and manifold that sits nicely under a custom-made engine cover. There are no official numbers yet, but CrazyBySteven’s team believes the engine is producing around 400hp.


Extensive work was required to adapt the modern interior to the old car. This and the fact that all the electronics are working has proved to be the biggest challenge for Steven, but in the end he did it and he can now enjoy the summer rides with all the luxuries that modern cars have to offer – and a shocking sound system trunk.


Oldsmobile was not the only car to check out the Järudds Classic Cars booth. They had this custom-built Mercedes-Benz 6 × 6X class. “My client’s childhood dream was to own a 6 × 6 car,” Says Steven of the project. “We built a prototype on the computer, removed the blueprints to the cutting board and made the whole project into metal.”


Steven has always had crazy ideas, and who knows, maybe one day we’ll see a modern car with an old school fit-out.

1974 Volkswagen Brasilia


Next we have a build that surprised everyone on the show. This 1974 Volkswagen Brasilia – also known as the Volkswagen Igala in Europe – was built by Josephine Lindkvist and her boyfriend Frederick Parsons, both of whom worked at the Koenigsegg factory.


The fact that many people have not heard of this car (it was sold exclusively in South America and parts of Europe) has given them the opportunity to create something completely unique. Blood, sweat, tears and even an operation could not hold Josephine and in just seven weeks the car was ready to hit the show floor.


Looking at the exterior, the custom metal wide-body increases the width by 115mm on the back and 105mm on the front. The Cyberpunk-style custom-made head and tail lights give the car a modern look, while the wheels are custom multi-piece Modena Autostrada items measuring 17 × 10.5-inches and 17 × 12.5-inches front and rear, respectively.


In addition to the instrument panel, most of the interior is also custom. The back seat has been replaced by a half cage and a sound system, and everything else has been redone to match the overall theme.


The front seats have custom-made hot rod buckets, and the floor, ceiling and door linings have also been refreshed. The interior is complete with an airlift performance-based gamechanger air ride system, proudly displayed on the rear of the vehicle.


Despite how well it turned out, and in such a short time, the build certainly had its challenges. For starters, it took Josephine a year to find Brasilia and take it to Sweden, largely due to the amount of paperwork required to import a car from a non-EU country. To complete the project, most of the factory parts had to be found and imported from South Africa, and a major overhaul of the air ride system was required to adapt to the platform.


For Josephine, the main goal of her unique VW was to show off her skills as a car-maker and hopefully inspire other women to go too. It’s a fantastic build, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings next for one.

2006 Ford Crown Victoria P71


My third and final pick is really something nuts. It is based on a 2006 P71 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and built by Daniel Warner and his crew.


When you see the car for the first time, you are immediately drawn to the engine – a wild twin-turbo, 27L Rolls-Royce Meteor unit. For those of you who don’t know, this engine comes from the tank. Yes, a real tank.

Work began almost immediately after Daniel bought the engine from a man in Finland, who, interestingly, had 50 of them lying down after buying bulk lots from the Swedish army. Why such a big engine for this project you ask? Because Daniel really wanted to fit a bigger engine into a normal size car. If you ask me this seems like a good reason.


The engine is a perfect unit and custom work has been done around the Crown Vic so that it is able to handle a lot of power. In terms of power, thanks to two BorgWarner S500SX-E turbos, two dozen 875cc Siemens Deka injectors and four Bosch Motorsport ignition coils – the engine is good for 2,500bhp, which sounds crazy.


Externally, there isn’t much going on, but it’s never meant to be a show car. The body has been fairly stockpiled, and I think it’s half the elegance. The roof has a giant carbon fiber NACA-style air duct to feed the rear-mounted radiator, and the exhaust now germinates from the front right fender. The wood brakes attached to the OZ Racing Hyper GT wheels give the car a great look.


The interior is a completely different story, or Daniel likes to put it: “Strictly business”. Lots of aluminum has been used for weight loss and the seating position has been moved backwards due to the size of the engine.


You may be wondering what the ultimate goal of this car is. Intoxicated? Circuit racing or even flowing? Meeting Daniel on the show, he told me he wanted to do something no one had seen before and mentioned something about burnout. My guess is that it won’t be long before we see this build again in Speedhunter.

Allen Haseta
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