35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more posts from Germany.
I have a lovely bit of story to accompany this gorgeous little Citroën. The owner was a handsome Dutch man in his late 50’s or early 60’s. He had owned the car for 20 years, and it was his primary vehicle, in addition to motorcycle. He had just parked on the campground when a hitchhiking young couple and I gathered around him to politely admire the car and ask him about it. “How old is it?” I asked. He laughed. “Which part?” The car had been added to and repaired so many times since the oldest part was made in the 60’s that it could have been that Johnny Cash song “One Piece at a Time.” He told us that he did all his own repairs on the car, and had taken it on many adventures, like his current trip around the island. The ferry from Denmark land in Seyðisfjörður (on the east coast of Iceland). During the summer, you’ll see a lot of foreign cars and motorcycles on the road, all having arrived on the ferry. The Dutch Citroën driver gone north east from the landing site. He would drive down to Reykjavik, where his wife was meeting him two weeks exploring the island. I’ll have another great “bring your vintage car to Iceland to travel around and do cool things” story coming up once my posts reach the south coast.
[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]
My regular readers may have noticed that I get into subject-habits. For a while, I was rather fixated on finding all the street art in Reykjavik, but as the summer approached, my attention was shifted to all the beautiful old cars the locals bring out to show off in the short period of good weather. Here is the last set of photos I took of Iceland’s snazzy retro rides.
Reykjavik clearly has a thing for beautiful vintage autos. As I mentioned before, I’ve started carrying around a small disposable film camera (until I can get my hands on something smaller than my Canon Rebel SLR) to catch them in repose before some quirky Icelandic house or proudly rolling down the main drag. My latests finds include the adorable Saab above, a Daihastu, and that classy mystery mobile in the last photo (for which I dropped my bags and ran half a block to get). Update: my dad just emailed me to tell me that the “mystery car” is a Volvo 120 series (called an Amazon in Scandinavia). It was Produced from 1959 to 1970.
[The photos are scans of 35mm exposures taken with a disposable camera and my Canon Rebel 2000]
Now that the days are longer and full of sunshine, Icelanders are taking advantage of the clear days to show off their vintage cars. Sit anywhere on Laugavegur (the main drag, where one-way traffic inches along, making for great car and people watching), and you’ll see at least one or two beautifully restored classic cars. I’ve taken to keeping a small disposable film camera on me at all times in readiness, since I love old cars and trucks. Here are a few from before the Easter Holidays.