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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.”

READ ALSO: Electric car sales in Norway motor to new high

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HOLOCAUST

Italian king’s heir apologises for monarchy’s Holocaust role

A descendant of Italy's wartime King Victor Emmanuel III has apologised to the country's Jewish community for his ancestor's role in dictator Mussolini's racial laws and the Holocaust.

Italian king's heir apologises for monarchy's Holocaust role
An archival picture of the Italian royal family in 1938 . Photo: AFP

“I condemn the 1938 racial laws, all of whose weight I still feel on my shoulders to this day, and with me the whole royal house,” 48-year-old Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said of his great-grandfather.

Victor Emmanuel III had put his signature to an “unacceptable document”, he added in a letter posted to Facebook, “officially apologising” in the name of his family.

Almost 8,000 Italian Jews were deported from the country and murdered in Nazi extermination camps, most of them in Auschwitz.

Giving a TV interview alongside the letter, Emanuele Filiberto also vaunted his family's positive role in Italian unification and granting of equal rights to Jews from 1848.

Several Italian royals were themselves deported to Nazi concentration camps, he recalled.

After the war, Victor Emmanuel III abdicated in May 1946 and died the following year in Egypt.

His son Humbert II reigned for only a month before leaving for Switzerland when Italians opted for a republican constitution in a referendum.

Parliament only ended a constitutional ban on the House of Savoy's male heirs returning to Italy in 2002, after Emanuele Filiberto and his father Vittorio Emanuele swore loyalty to the republic.

The two men gave up on compensation claims demanding 260 million euros for their family's exile and the return of the royal family's confiscated property after a public outcry.

Emanuele Filiberto is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.

 
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