"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 demise of Saab is one of the more painful episodes in the collective memory of car enthusiasts worldwide.
Saab was always a manufacturer that did things its own way – and that sense of principle and engineering purity has left "
"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 "
"There’s a lot in a name. Especially for Alfisti.
It was pronounced ‘duet-o-tanta’. The 2uettottanta was Pininfarina’s headline act of the Geneva Motor Show back in March '09.
The name, as well as being calculated to draw legions "
"Motoring brands don’t come much bigger than Harley-Davidson. In fact, brands in general don’t come much bigger than Harley-Davidson. It’s a name that transcends industries, cultures and the seven continents.
And probably Mars when we colonise it.
"Some car designers will forever be associated with one brand or have a style all of their own but the legendary Paul Bracq is not only a talented car designer but a sculptor, artist and even had a hand in "
"As with any fashion, trends in the scene change quicker than most blokes change their underpants (no, turning them inside-out doesn’t count as ‘fresh’) and as we’re around halfway through the 2019 show season it was high time we "