From Saab's point of view, a few remarkable days are behind us. Let's start in Finland. In Uusikaupunki was celebrated. Before 50 years, the first Saab ran off the line. More specifically, on the 13.11.1969. The prelude to the Finnish Saab production and the beginning of a success story. In Finland one still builds cars, the location is appreciated worldwide. Just not Saabs anymore.
The origins of Saab production are due to an arms business. The purchase of weapons from Swedish production in exchange for a national car production. That was not unusual. The Wallenbergs gladly used their car manufacturing to stimulate demand for armaments. Among others, Saab 96, 900 Cabriolet, 9-3 Viggen, Cabrio and some Aero were built in Uusikupunki. The quality of the Finnish vehicles has always been better than that of the Swedish parent company, which is a story in itself. The Scandinavian connection of 1969 held until the year 2003. A fixed percentage of the annual output came from Uusikaupunki, which the Swedes call Nystad. GM then bought Saab out of the production commitment.
Valmet Automotive, then still Saab-Valmet, has brought the original film from the 13.11.60 from the archives for the anniversary. A piece of Saab and contemporary history.
The last Saab
That celebrating the historical event in Finland is understandable. Remarkably, however, is how the sale of the last Saabs of NEVS is celebrated in the social media. Actually, it's a sad day, the end of a story, and no cause for celebration. (Tomorrow more on the blog)
Anyway, the last Saab was auctioned a bit over the estimated price and changes from Sweden to Denmark, His buyer Claus Spaangaard runs an auto repair shop and a tire service in Hadsund. By now he was in the former factory and the car was handed over. The end of a story.
The astronaut Saab
It is known that pilots like to access products of the brand Saab. The exchange of ideas between car and aircraft manufacturers ran well into the 90 years. The best examples are ergonomic cockpits and the night panel inspired by aviation engineers.
It is less well known that an astronaut Saab was also affine. Christer fuglesang, the first Scandinavian in space, 1988 bought a Saab 9000 CC. Not a turbo, but the then quite new on the market available 16v injector with 126 PS, which may pass as a choice of reason. Since Fuglesang worked as a project manager at CERN in Geneva, the limousine was first registered in Switzerland. 1992 joined the scientist in the course of the Euromir mission to Russia in the star City Svyosdyn Gorodok. His Saab came, of course. The 9000 CC has received international recognition and has been driving for years through an area that is accessible to very few people. He left Russia again 1997, as his owner moved to NASA.
Since then the 9000 CC is back in Sweden and was used as a summer car. Fuglesang sold after more than 30 years the CC, which has a lot of history. Slightly more than 300.000 kilometers had accumulated, it was offered on a well-known Swedish platform. The price for so much Swedish history and space history, however, was shamefully low. Less than 1.000 € were called, the buyer has acquired a lot of interesting past for little money. Maybe the CC will emerge as a speculative object from prominent prior ownership in another place soon.