We continue to digitize the legacy of Saab and now have 15 "new" Saab videos ready to be uploaded. The films are mainly from the 80 and 90 years, including many productions that Saab Germany commissioned.
The finished digitized tapes are only a small part of what is still waiting for us. The action has made possible Saab Service Frankfurt and Gerard Ratzmann, who has allowed us access to his extensive archive of historical Saab films. He had recognized videos as extant from time immemorial at Saab Germany and saved them from destruction. This resulted in a large collection, which is the basis for our ongoing campaign.
Saab 900 II production 1993
Today is a video from the year 1993 online. The filming location is the factory in Trollhättan and shows the production of a Saab 900 II. The start is in the material warehouse, from where a roll of steel goes to the press shop. Robots then assemble the sheet metal parts to the bodywork, then the paint shop and other stations follow, until a Saab 900 II leaves the factory and heads for the delivery area. In the video, the production is done in about more than 6 minutes, in real life, it took much longer.
Production of the 900 II started on May 10, 1993. It only took 40 hours to produce. A huge increase in productivity after an average of 110 hours, which Saab previously needed to build Saab 9000 and 900. This was made possible because many parts were delivered pre-assembled for the first time. A nice example of this is the dashboard. It is completely assembled for the first time when it floats into the body.
What is waiting for the readers? Already digitalized are already films that deal with technical innovations, Saab Germany events, recordings from television, presentations and more. Around 50 more films are waiting to be discovered and digitized. That's a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. Because every new film is a little journey of discovery into the world of a special car brand.