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Possible Wilfa clone?
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Post# 444   9/1/2006 at 18:21 (4,428 days old) by convertible68 ()        

I saw this strange "Ford" vacuum on eBay...have never heard of it before, but I thought the chrome ends looked familiar! Also, check out those beefy runners!

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Post# 452 , Reply# 1   9/1/2006 at 18:48 (4,428 days old) by charles~richard ()        

From what I understand about the Wilfa, it was 'badged' under a number of different brands, and I believe the FORD brand was sold for 120v markets -- I've seen Ford machines before; but can't remember where. Maybe on Canadian collector Doug Smith's site??

This one on eBay definitely is a Wilfa -- see photo below of my Wilfa for comparison.

You can see a lovely display of other Swedish machines, including a number of Wilfas, at the link below. These are the very sweet couple who sent me my beautiful candy apple red Wilfa. (I have not heard from the Galaasens in a long time btw)

I think Swedish machines from the 40s-50s are just incredible! Amazing, often over-the-top, styling and aesthetics.

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Post# 453 , Reply# 2   9/1/2006 at 19:11 (4,428 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        
Re: Wilfa

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I am kicking myself now because I had in my possession what I believe was a Wilfa or at least a clone of one. Actually it belonged to my grandmother. I remember she kept it under the bed (lack of closets in the house). There was a rubber hose, wands, and all the attachments including one which looked like a mop (for dusting floors). When I finished university, moved to Toronto, she gave it to me for my first apartment. I ended up tossing it in the garbage when I bought my first brand new Electrolux AP280.

Post# 472 , Reply# 3   9/1/2006 at 21:01 (4,427 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        

Isn't it funny if only we knew then what we know now, we would have some rare or at least hard to find machines. I kick myself for getting rid of my Gram's AirWay 66. I have a duplicate now but if I only had the original. Why on earth did i give it away? I also passed on a Apex tank and a Singer Roll a Magic because I was "only collecting Hoover". My rule of thumb now is to get a vacuum even if I have it so i can offer it to a fellow collector instead of seeing it go to a house where it will not be taken care of.

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