Monday, 27 February 2012

Vintage cars

The Foroyar Post issued the commemorative stamp set features the vintage cars of the Faroe Islands on September 28, 2011. The issue composed of three postage stamps were designed by Edward fuglø.
Each vintage car featured on the stamps the black lorry was the first vehicle to arrive in the Faroe Islands in 1922,  the red bus that operated between Vestmanna, Kvívík and Kollafjørður was converted from a tanker, and the home-made ‘De Luxe Model’ on the third stamp was the first car on the island to have a cassette player and loudspeakers.
The first car on the Faroe Islands

The first car arrived on the island on 6 May 1922 when Johannes Olsen and Júst Sivertsen from Tórshavn bought a Ford TT truck .
The car caused a sensation when it arrived in Tórshavn because the islanders had never seen a car before. The Faroe Islands had horse-drawn carriages at the time, although not many. Back in 1922, nobody on the quayside knew how to drive a car.
The car had made several journeys between Tórshavn and the sanatorium in Hoydalar.
Morris Commercial Cars Ltd.England Model 1929
Originally this commercial vehicle from Hillerød’s Police District and owned by Nordsjællands Benzin Co. and arrived in Kvívík on 14 June 1934.
When the vehicle arrived on the island it had no body, i.e. the cab and hood were normal but there was no load or cab on the vehicle.Then Fritleif Johannesen from Tórshavn have idea to build a cab on top of the vehicle, i.e. an extension to the existing cab.The plan was to take the cab from the Chevrolet bus in service at the time and fit it onto the vehicle’s chassis. He planned to build a so-called ‘omnibus’.
His plans went ahead and on 12 June 1935 the vehicle was registered and approved as a mail and passenger bus between Vestmanna, Kvívík and Kollafjørður.
‘De Luxe Model’ built on the Faroe Islands
‘De Luxe Model’  car is the Norwegian Almar Nordhaug, who built the car together with his colleagues at the barrel factory in Tórshavn. In the mid-1950s a home-made Faroese car drove through the streets of Tórshavn.
This car built at the factory in the Faroe Islands in the mid-20th century. ‘De Luxe Model’ was unique and far ahead of its time and will be as the first car on The Faroe Islands to have a cassette  player and no fewer than four loudspeaker.
( Adopted from The Foroyar’s Post information.)

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