Saab started building cars in 1947. The history of the brand began with an airplane. The roots, the construction of aircraft, had never been forgotten until the very end. Fine quirks, like an artificial horizon, were still found in the last models from Trollhättan. It is these little peculiarities that also made Saab interesting for artists and intellectuals. Otherwise, could you spot a classic 2021 in a Japanese movie in 900? It's not just the cars that are iconic. So are the planes. One is called Blå Johan. Welcome to the weekly press review!
Drive my car - Doraibu mai kā
Saab is considered the brand of intellectuals. The artist, the cool one. These people are interesting, but sometimes not easy either. If all of this is true, then it is clear why Ryusuke Hamaguchi filmed the story of Haruki Murakami in a Saab 900. Three hours of cinema, a demanding narration of an actually quite simple story.
It is about a theater director who is being chauffeured from his rural home to Hiroshima to stage Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a Saab. On the way he spreads the dramas of his life in front of his chauffeur. It's about infidelity, sex and death, the whole program.
The plot, so the review writes, becomes more and more difficult as it progresses and only really flows again towards the end of the film. Heavy stuff, then.
The premiere was "Drive my car“During the 74th Cannes International Film Festival. In France, Ryusuke Hamaguchi's work will be released in theaters in August. A German theatrical release has not yet been determined. We are already looking forward to another Saab pulling across the screens of this world.
Blå Johan - Saab tradition maintenance
Saab's roots go back to the dark period of World War II. Founded as an armory in 1937, Saab AB still earns its money with the production of armaments to this day. The spread, not to the advantage of Saab AB, only finely dosed over the planet. Sweden has the strictest export regulations in the world, the delivery of weapons is only permitted to non-aggressive nations. At least that's how it works in theory.
Saab's debut was the B17 bomber. In 1940 the prototypes flew, a total of 322 copies rolled out of the halls in various versions. Also from the plant in Trollhättan. Ethiopia and Denmark were the export markets, most of which stayed in Sweden.
The Saab B17 was superior to most other makes of its time, such as the Junkers J87 and the Douglas SDB Dauntless. Even if luckily she never had to prove it. Today there are said to be 5 copies of the historically important aircraft around the world.
Saab AB flies one of them, the B17A Blå Johan, with an active tradition. The history of the restoration can be seen on Warbird Digest ...
Griffin - but without Saab
Griffin stood for the top model of the brand at Saab for a certain time. The Griffin version of the Saab 9000 lured with fine woods and heavy leather. A vehicle on the level of fancy British sedans, but with a lot more understatement than the contributions from the island.
In the last few years of the brand, the Griffin designation marked the departure of a generation of vehicles. The Saab 9-3 Griffin models were the best contribution of the 9-3 II series, unfortunately too few were produced.
Ironically, the former sister brand Vauxhall, another traditional brand that was almost ruined by GM, now uses the Griffin name. The top models of the new Corsa and Astra and the Grandland now wear the Greif. You could get a little sentimental.
With images from Saab AB (1), Vauxhall (1) and Culture Entertainment (2)