Per Sjøvall's 1957 Chevrolet

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Per's Chevrolet as it appeared after he had fit it with a 1957 Buick grille around 1967-1968. Photo courtesy of Per Sjøvall.
An interior shot of Per's Chevrolet, showing the Playboy door panels and the 1959 Chevrolet dash and steering wheel. Photo courtesy of Per Sjøvall.
Norwegian drag racing pioneers on their way to Mantorp in 1973. Fred Larsen with the Hot Lemon can be seen first in line. Behind him is Ludvig Bjørnstad with his 1934 Ford. Aage Kristiansen is behind Ludvig with the 1957 Chevrolet, and at the end of the row is Kalle Brøderud with his 1955 Chevrolet Nomad.
A photo of the Chevrolet as it appeared when it made it's drag race debut at Mantorp in 1973.
The Chevrolet at an indoor car show in Oslo in 1975. Photo courtesy of Ole Larsen, from Gamle Haldenbiler.

1957 Chevrolet 2-door hardtop owned and restyled by Per Sjøvall of Oslo, Norway. Being a teenager in the 1960s, Per used to hang out at Youngstorget in Oslo. Around 1967 - 1968, his Chevrolet was fit with a 1957 Buick grille and a 1959 Chevrolet dashboard and steering wheel. The sidetrim was also shortened, and the doors were shaved for door handles. Inside, the door panels were made from black leather, and they featured Playboy bunny's made from nails. Per was not a member of Nor-Way Custom, a hot rod and custom car club established in Oslo in 1967.[1]


In the 1970s the car was owned by Aage Kristiansen and Lasse Anundsen of Oslo. Aage and Lasse built the mild custom into a drag racer, and they raced the Chevrolet in Sweden and Norway in the 1970s. The first race the car was entered in was the 1973 race at Mantorp.[2]


For the 1974 and 1975 season Aage and Lasse's Chevrolet ran with a characteristic flame paint job.[3]


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