1960 HUSQVARNA 175 SILVERPILEN
BY TOM WHITE
When Husqvarna introduced the 175cc Silverpilen in 1955, young Swedish men were automatically drawn to this lightweight
and racy-looking machine (much like American
teenagers were drawn to the affordable Hodaka Super
Rat 100 a decade later). The black-and-red paint job,
along with the generous use of lightweight alloy
components, was a good base, and soon a healthy
aftermarket for accessories developed.
The 9.5-horsepower machine was the perfect starting
point for many aspiring tuners. Gote Lindstrom was one
of the young tuners who developed a reputation for his
hot-rod parts for the Silverpilen (Silver Arrow). By 1959
Lindstrom had developed an aftermarket 250cc cylinder,
high-compression head, modified crank, larger 32mm Bing
carburetor and expansion chamber exhaust.