People spend a lot of their lives in cars. Some spend it in a Saab, which is supposed to be hemtrevlig (comfortable) today. To do this, we take a look at automotive classics and a fluffy accessory that has largely been forgotten - but used to be found in every car. Our grandfathers and grandmothers (if they had a driver's license) had it with them, maybe their parents too. The car cover was found on almost every back seat.
A car cover – why actually?
My grandfather had a car cover with a green and blue pattern. It lay, always precisely folded, on the back seat and was the only constant moving from car to car with the annual car change. My parents also had a blanket that reminded me of uninviting blankets from the sleeping compartment on the DB. Or to the Bundeswehr? However, the ceiling was an integral part of the car.
Why was that, and why are there hardly any blankets in cars these days?
Logically, one can justify the existence of the ceilings with prudence and caution. Decades ago, a technical failure was more likely than today, there were no smartphones to call for help (yes, honestly), and there were no emergency call assistants either. In order not to freeze for hours on the side of the road, people carried a blanket with them. It was part of the basic equipment, like a small selection of tools.
All that is forgotten today.
We have forgotten the basic principles of prudence and caution, and when, completely unexpectedly, snowfall blocks the freeway for hours, we rely on the emergency services, who appear on site with blankets and hot drinks. We take that for granted, as our innate right, and when all-round care falters, there are bitter comments on social media.
Hemtrevlig - a Saab car cover
The car covers of yesteryear can still be found in Saab classics today. Especially at Swedish Saab meetings, a surprising number of 96, 92 and 93 have a historical ceiling on the back seat. The blanket warms the passengers in the event of a breakdown, but primarily it warms our automotive heart.
We revive the Saab car cover! An idea I've been working on for a few months. Somehow we think the Saab world would enjoy it. There are now several designs, half a dozen prototypes, and a considerable amount of wool and yarn has been used.
The ceilings should be hemtrevlig and also robust. Decorative, Saabig and - if the worst comes to the worst - be warming.
Of course we have the Saab car cover produced by a small manufacturer in Germany, the yarns come from Italy. Final details are fixed and the covers have been tested on Saab 9000. Because the 9000 has the largest interior space; what fits on the 9000 rear seat also fits in any other Saab.
Insane? Out of time? Allegedly! But maybe that's what makes the idea so appealing.
Spoiler! A limited first edition of the Saab car cover will be available for Aero X Club members in our shop next week.