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

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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Swedish Royal Guards scrap ceremonial helmets over safety concerns

The King’s mounted Royal Guards will no longer be able to wear their iconic ceremonial helmets on parades, after the Swedish Work Environment Authority warned of serious safety concerns.

Swedish Royal Guards scrap ceremonial helmets over safety concerns

“We take the safety of our employees extremely seriously and we are going to address this immediately,” colonel Stefan Nacksten, head of the Royal Guards, wrote in a statement. 

Employed by the Armed Forces, the Royal Guards are the King’s cavalry and infantry units and are a well-known sight at ceremonies in Sweden, including at the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace of Stockholm every day in summer – a popular spectacle for Stockholmers and tourists alike.

The helmets will no longer be used by Royal Guards on horseback from July 7th, as they do not conform to safety standards for riding helmets, although guards parading on foot will still be permitted to wear them.

They are part of the 1895 parade uniforms and were last modified in 2000. The Armed Forces will now create an entirely new helmet which looks the part, but is also safe for riding.

“We’re working on finding an alternative solution as quickly as possible which meets safety requirements and can also be used during parades,” Nacksten said.

“We’ve been working long-term with this issue but now that it has been assessed [by the Swedish Work Environment Authority] we need to take measures immediately,” he added.

“This is good, and now we’re working to make sure something good comes out of this and we can get a safe riding helmet for parades in place as soon as possible.”