"In our feature article ‘The Quiet Collaborator’ (Influx April Edition) we refer to the Saab 90 as a classic of the Oeuvre, and so it was.
But when you close your eyes and picture the perfect Saab, the Classic Saab, we’"
Did you drive a Saab in the early 1980s and imagine you were travelling around in your own little piece of Swedish mechanosphere?
If so, here’s some news, the chances are you were equally likely to be enjoying a piece of Finnish car building excellence. In fact if you were, or still are, lucky enough to own that classic of the Saab oeuvre – the beautiful 90- then you can be certain of its Finnish heritage as all 25,000 of them were built in a town in Finland.
With a population of just over fifteen thousand Uusikaupunki is notable for two things. It is the home of the Bonk museum, a repository of absurdist (fictional) machines, which run on anchovy oil. And It also houses the main production facility and HQ of Vamlet Automotive Inc. whose own creations run on petrol, diesel and more recently, electric power. They’ve been quietly building cars in this northern outpost since setting up in 1968 as a partner with the then Saab Scania Company, initially manufacturing the Saab 95, 96 and 99.
"Top 11 Scandinavian cars
Where do you start with the Zenvo ST1? With the fact this it is Denmark’s first and only supercar? With its extreme, angular, ground-breaking looks? With its equally extreme power and torque figures, "
"In the history of Automotive brands there has been none with the length, breadth or depth of Porsche's influence.
It's amazing to think that it's over a century ago that Ferdinand Porsche designed the world's first petrol-electric hybrid - as "
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Sometimes, to really understand a car, you have to see it in its native habitat. So if you’ve never really got Swedish cars, and never really understood why some people are so obsessed with them "
This amazingly trapezoid concept for Citroen was, apparently, designed by the mysterious personage of Trevor Fiore.
Now, we're not sure wether this fellow's real name was Trevor Frost, or wether the 'Fiore' was simply a nom de plume when designing "
"The first Type 356, designed by Ferdinand Porsche at the age of 72, was constructed in the then home of the Porsche company, an old sawmill in Gmund in Austria, in 1948. This first prototype, which now resides in the Porsche museum in "
"Forget casinos. The fastest way – literally – to make a small fortune out of a large one is to try to create your own British sports car. History is littered with sports car firms that have gone spectacularly bust, yet every "
"1965 was an awesome year. The Mary Quant designed Mini Skirt appeared in London, The Beatles released the movie and album, Help!, J.K. Rowling was born, and the Ford Mustang was launched.
Over a million Mustangs were produced in the "
"Look at it. Before we start chatting tech specs and bike biography, just look at it.
Stare at the splaying cylinders, curling mudguards and serpentine exhaust system, each part a pointed, polished contrast to the black. Black fuel tank, blank "
"Our FOCUS for this edition is Tom Bing.
If you got a 'U' in A-Level photography you'd probably think twice about your ability behind a lens. We're glad Tom Bing wasn't put off by that minor blip...
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"Which vehicle holds the record for the most stage wins on the gruelling and frankly insane Dakar Rally?
A highly-modified Porsche 959, perhaps? One of those two-wheel-drive lightweight buggies, inevitably sponsored by Gitanes (well, back in my day anyway) with a "