"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.
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"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 "
"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 "
"The talismanic design of the Porsche has received, perhaps, more than its fair share of artistic accolades.
Whether or not it's a case of stating the obvious, the legend is about to be furrowed deeper when the North Carolina Museum "
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Sometimes the digging of graphic design and the love of cars are unlikely bedfellows. But then again, at times the two forms combine and cross over so beautifully, it's plain to see the car as the ultimate piece of graphic "
"Land Rovers are more than utility vehicles. Series 1 classics are interwoven with the communities they have served. They are work horses, but cherished with genuine emotion.
Barry Clark dragged this 1955 Series 1 out of a field near his house 15 years ago.
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"The nice people at Influx suggested earlier this year that they wanted three films off us.
One on minibuses, one on bubblecars and one on car detailers. Trying to find an interesting angle on minibuses was tough I’ll be "