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.
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