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PHOTO ESSAY: Sweden's Unexpected Obsession With American Cars

Driving '66 Mustang Coupe under the midnight sun, photographer Gregor Schmatz tours auto culture in Scandinavia.

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“Looking from the outside in, I realized that the American car is an ideal hobby to integrate into the Swedish summer culture,” says Schmatz. People use their exhibit-worthy jänkare (Yankee cars) for purely utilitarian reasons, such as finding a great swimming hole, like this one in the Skagerrak sea off the island of Orust on the west coast.

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