Victor Muller does. The former Saab CEO revitalizes Spyker. It's retro, like everything about the vehicles - apart from the probably outstanding performance. The interior design of the Aileron C8 pays homage to an era that is long gone. The handpicked clientele will not be deterred.
But on the contrary. Because retro is in.
An Aileron C8, in Manufacture work manufactured will not be particularly cheap. The prices are not yet known, but if you are interested you could put a 7-digit amount aside as a precaution. Attractive retro design is also available a little cheaper. Swedish retro - brand new launched last week.
Volvo P1800 cyan
A Swedish sports car, an icon, celebrated something like its rebirth. The design of the historic P1800 S from Volvo has been redesigned and molded into a carbon fiber body. For this purpose, Cyan Racing, formerly known as Polestar Racing, took simple but spicy ingredients from the technical kitchen. A 2 liter engine with a turbocharger has an output of 420 hp and delivers the power conventionally to the rear wheels. Thanks to its lightweight construction, the Volvo P1800 Cyan weighs only 990 kilograms. The performance will be outstanding.
Otherwise, however, the Swedes surprisingly held back with their retro project. No assistance systems on board, no online car was created here. Even the ABS and ESP are missing, but could be on board in the customer version. Cyan will produce the Volvo P1800 in a small series. The prices are unknown, but should be somewhere between $ 400.000 and $ 500.000.
DS Grand Palais
It can be tastier and cheaper. Gérard Godfroy, a former designer at Peugeot and Venturi, built the car that never came out of the factory. A Citroën DS Coupe, only better and more beautiful than anything that has been seen before. The result of his work is a retro coupé based on DS. In terms of design, workmanship and the choice of materials, the DS Grand Palais surpasses everything that has been seen on this topic so far.
The Coupé is the best and safest DS of all time, and probably also the most beautiful. A retro one-off piece that will not remain one. Perfect design lines and individuality cost around € 150.000. However, approval in the EU must first be clarified.
Three examples from different countries. Germany with Spyker, France with the DS Grand Palais, Sweden with the Volvo P1800 Cyan. Examples that are costly and individual. The trend is evident and will not stop at costly retro thoughts. Volkswagen will play the electric retro story in the next few years. The VW Bully comes back, a buggy should come. The idea of resurrecting the VW Kübel in a new and electric way has been abandoned for good reason and with a view of history.
How about a retro Saab
The electric car age would make it possible. A modular platform that companies like VW offer for small series manufacturers. Nicely packaged with a retro design body. Maybe a Saab 96 electric at the start? As an agile, emission-free car for the city. A cute, plump, popular figure at an affordable price.
Several thousand units produced per year, possibly parallel to the Sion by Sono Motors in the former Saab factory. Or at Valmet in Finland, where so many Saabs rolled off the assembly line. Later a new edition of the classic Saab 900. As an electric car with a slightly longer range, the comeback of a Swedish icon.
There are possibilities. The investments would be manageable if one were able to use a group's electrical kit. Or one of the large suppliers, some of whom were playing with the idea of their own electric car before Corona, could warm up to it.
Saab back as an electric car and a retro brand? As BMW once demonstrated with the Mini?
Opportunity and zeitgeist or just scavenging for corpses? I look forward to hearing from the readers.