Anyway, in SWEDEN the first owner of an R16 was often a highly technically
educated person who wanted the latest stuff. At least in the 60's and early
70's. Often these people moved on to BMWs, Jags and other high tech cars.
As the cars got older and changed owners it often became the cheap second
car, and were mistreated to death. Low rust resistance didn't help either
and the R16's of Sweden soon became popular at the junkyards.
Today when people talk about R16 it's either the first category, who
remembers the R16 as a very comfortable and advanced car for its time, or
the people who had it as a banger, remembering it as unrelieable heap of
Driving an R16 today is maybe considered odd, but not bad taste. There are
hardly no old bangers around and the few you see are regarded as collectors