Classic stories always begin with “once upon a time”. Once upon a time in Trollhättan, that would be the prelude to a long, Nordic saga - to match the dark and seemingly endless winter nights. Once upon a time in Trollhättan, that is also the legend of a car brand that is slowly disappearing.
Not from the hearts of the fans, there she lives on. But from public perception and also at her place of birth, more and more signs of her former presence disappear. Sweden is getting poorer by a piece of industrial culture, but maybe new things are growing on historical ground.
Saab Pylons. Defiant and strong as a Swedish oak.
The large Saab pylons that guarded the entrance to the main portal - it's a thing of the past! Definitely, and she defiantly survived the end of the mark by nearly 5 years. In October 2011 it was the photo point for the start of Saabs from the pre-series towards Germany. In beautiful weather, although the sky over Saab was gray-black back then.
She survived bankruptcy and a year later she was still there. The traditional Scania griffin was now missing, but the Saab lettering was still there. In March 2013 NEVS gave the pylons a new face. Saab, yes still, but now without the heraldic animal and with “National Electric Vehicle Sweden” lettering. New, but somehow familiar. A calming pill for the fans that should show continuity.
We know today that it shouldn't turn out like this. Looking back, we're always smarter, and 3 years later, in the summer of 2016, NEVS buried all plans to reactivate the Saab brand. The pylons still stood there, defiant, indomitable, looking very solid, like a gnarled Swedish oak. A kind of Saab lighthouse in the Stallbacka. A relic of past splendor, seemingly unaffected by any changes.
In October, Mark and I visited Trollhättan. We stopped briefly at the Saab Pylone. For a souvenir picture, because it was clear to us, it would be the last visit on historical reason with the prominent pylons in the background. And so it was. It is November, the first snow falls in Trollhättan. And there is a Saab sign less. Only the foundations remind of what was here a short time ago.
Things are moving, nothing is enduring. New will come. Next spring. But nothing is the way it was.