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Norwegian king’s 1967 Cadillac goes on sale online

A 1967 Cadillac formerly owned by King Olav V of Norway has been put up for sale online.

Norwegian king’s 1967 Cadillac goes on sale online
The 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special once owned by King Olav V of Norway. Photo: private

The car, a 7-litre V8, 340 horse power Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan, was priced at 450,000 kroner (42,000 euros) in a post on Norwegian classified ads website Finn.no.

It was previously registered with the number plate A-459 – the private number plate of King Olav V, who was Norwegian monarch from 1957 until his death in 1991. The king, who was known to have a love of American cars, purchased the Cadillac brand new in 1967.

Its registration was later updated to plate A-6 at the royal address ‘Den Kgl. Hofforvaltning, Slottet, Oslo 1’, which refers to the Royal Palace in Oslo.


King Olav V with his Cadillac. Photo: supplied

It was also used during the 1968 wedding of current King — then Crown Prince — Harald to Queen Sonja, according to the classified ad.

The seller of the car, Christin Flusund, told TV2 that the Cadillac is “incredibly good and fun to drive”.

 

“But (it is also) a little soft in the suspension, so it sways a bit. And it's huge — even for me, and I have a heavy vehicles license. There’s an enormous amount of space on the back seat,” she added.

Flusund inherited the American cruiser in 2016 from her father, who purchased it in 1988, five years after it was sold on by the Palace.

“He liked the car very much and was proud of it,” she explained to TV2. “He took good care of it and used it for things like weddings.”

The time has now come to find a new owner for the car, the Ålesund resident said, saying that she used it “a little, but not so much. And absolutely not in the rain.”

“And there’s a fair bit of that here in Western Norway,” she joked.

“I hope now that an enthusiast will buy it and take good care of it in future,” Flusund said.

The car is currently located in Ålesund and has recently passed the EU-kontroll inspection, which gives it approval for road use for another two years. Its online listing also describes it as “well preserved”.


The 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special once owned by King Olav V of Norway. Photo: private

A royal log book, detailing the dates and distances driven when it was part of the Palace garage, is included with the car, while King Olav’s monogram remains clearly visible on its back door.

Its seller told TV2 she was “open to bids from serious buyers. Preferably after they have seen the car.”

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Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery

King Harald has been discharged from Rikshospitalet in Oslo after undergoing a heart operation on Friday.

Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery
A photo reportedly of King Harald on the way to hospital last week. Photo: AFP

The Norwegian palace confirmed to news wire NTB that the king was to leave hospital following the procedure three days ago.

“The king is in good form and will travel home from Rikshospitalet today,” the king’s doctor, consultant Bjørn Bendz, said in the statement.

The palace had confirmed during the weekend that the king was well after the procedure to fix an artificial valve he received during a previous operation in 2005.

Artificial valves of the type the king received have a life span of 10-15 years. As such, it is not uncommon for them to be replaced.

“His majesty the king is well after yesterday’s intervention. The king has been for a short stroll, and his condition is good,” Bendz said in a statement on Saturday.

Last month, the king spent a short time in hospital due to respiratory problems unrelated to Covid-19.

He is currently on indefinite sick leave, with his son Crown Prince Haakon deputising the king’s royal duties.

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