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On September 28, 1946, King Gustaf V, returning from a hunt, was riding through the countryside 15 km from Stockholm in his 1939 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Sedan (one out of three owned by the court at the time).
The chauffeur, driving at a speed of about 65 km/h, lost control of the car. It skidded off the road and ended in a ditch. Nobody was hurt, the King had a cigarette and was soon picked up by another of the court’s cars. The car was intact and could be driven back to Stockholm. All three Cadillacs are preserved in museums.
According to newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the King’s car was racing with Prince Gustaf Adolf’s car. The King enjoyed high speeds and was outraged at being overtaken.
After the incident, the place has been called "Kungens kurva", literally "The King’s Bend". It is now one of the largest shopping areas in Scandinavia, visited by 30 million people every year.
The photo is sourced from Nyheter24 and has been colorized by me, using AI and manual tools.