Who knew? Husqvarna’s Swedish sanctuary

Husqvarna’s first in-house engine was a 550cc side-valve, shown here.

1935 Grand Prix racer. This 500cc V-Twin four-stroke took Ragge Sunnqvist to victory at the German Grand Prix. The average speed of the race was 176 km/h.

1935 Husqvarna Model 112 SV with a 500cc side-valve engine.

1938 Husqvarna Model 301. It has a 98 cc two-stroke, two-speed gearbox. At the time in Sweden, you didn’t need a licence to ride one of these.

Is this the mystery bike from earlier? It’s a 1957 Model 282 Silverpilen (Silver Arrow).

According to museum historians, it was very popular among Swedish youngsters at the time. Husqvarna’s recently announced Vitpilen and Svartpilen pay homage to the original Silverpilen in name only — they won’t be built here in Huskvarna.

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  1. They sold their motorcycle and bicycle branch decades ago and these branches left the country. So the new bikes like the Vitpilen 701 will need another museum preferably in Austria.

  2. Thanks!

    It was so cool to be there, even compared to all the globetrotting car trips I do for “work” as Richardson says.

    Made me want to get a Husqvarna as a first bike. But whenever I tell people that they say I’m crazy.

  3. Indeed – very cool, thank you for sharing !

    “That 1902 bicycle with the wooden rims is absolutely amazing! ”

    I wonder if it was a joint venture with IKEA ? 😉

  4. Wow thank you for this, what a rich history of original and beautiful Scandinavian designs. This must have been a memorable experience, even for someone used to these trips.

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