1960 Saab film in Swedish film archive

The Swedish Film Archive has apparently recently digitised a number of archival films and released them for viewing online.

This film from 1960 is 17 minutes long and full of fantastic archival footage from the time. There are jets, cars, and even a Saab-built helicopter that I wasn’t aware of.

The voiceover is in Swedish but it shouldn’t matter. The 1960s imagery is fantastic and the factory footage is essential viewing.

You can view the film here.

Below, I’ve reproduced a few screenshots…..

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Apparently this guy leaning over the hood is checking to make sure no water is splashing into the engine bay on the test drive. 1960’s technology!

The mysterious Saab helicopter. They show this being assembled in the factory but I don’t know anything of the background to it (I’m not a big aviation guy). Any more info from the video would be welcome.

Saab strokers on the assembly line….

And an awesome sign at the end. I’d love to know where this is now.

My thanks to Martin E for sending it through. Absolutely brilliant!

Magnus Olert
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Magnus Olert
5 years 7 months ago

The helicopter is a Aérospatiale Alouette II manufactured under license by Saab.

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%A9rospatiale_Alouette_II
and
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alouette_II

LMG
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LMG
5 years 7 months ago

Fantastic Movie, it mentions the underground SAAB factory in Linköping, but never filmed it. Guess it was off-limits at the time.

The helicopter is HKP2. Orginally french design Aloutte II. Assemblied by SAAB.

//LMG

Red J
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5 years 7 months ago

the helicopter in that picture is an Aérospatiale Alouette II or an Aérospatiale Lama.

Why there is such a big Saab badge on that, I don’t know.

Red J
Member
5 years 7 months ago

Great movie. A must see for every Saab fan.
I love the SADA (Saab Automatic Differential Analyser, or something like that), big as a room but with less computing power than a current telephone. 🙂

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 7 months ago

High tech at the time! Makes me proud to be Swedish. We are not so bad at things and Saab contribute in plenty areas to say the least. Mostly “boy oriented areas” of course.

PS. The yankees reached the moon with a computer less powerful than your whatever! That is kind of impressiv!

Carlos
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Carlos
5 years 7 months ago

This brand is very special and unique. I love it. Saab up!!!

Coggs
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Coggs
5 years 7 months ago

Chip Lamb – Find that sign and I’ll buy it off you. Just name the price. Not sure what my neighbors would say.

jimmy
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jimmy
5 years 7 months ago

be careful what you ask for!!!!

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 7 months ago
Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 7 months ago

Thanks very much for posting that film, Swade – I’ve never seen it. Only bits and pieces in other Saab films. It is amazing. The bullnose 95s and 96s featured in the film are simply enchanting.

Ted Y
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5 years 7 months ago

Can’t say for sure about the engineer strapped to the hood, but one of the books I’ve read talked about Saab being puzzled by carburetor problems. To figure out what was happening, they cut part of the hood and put a plexiglass cover on so an engineer could observe the carburetor in operation. They discovered icing was the problem. IIRC

Ray Kopczynski
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5 years 7 months ago

Absolutely fascinating to see them build a stroker “back in the day…” Thank you for finding & posting!

Ray Kopczynski
Albany, Oregon

Ralph
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Ralph
5 years 7 months ago

Great that this film has survived and is now online, I really enjoyed it. Must have been an impressive camera too: the workers can’t help peeking at it, while they’re probably told to ‘act normal’…

Ted Y
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Okay, can’t stop laughing after reading the following Googletrans under the video:
— “Ursaaben”, also looked like a mutation between a fast-flying saucer and a turtle —

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago
I love these videos. There’s a similar one of the Daf car factory from the 70’s – as we own a ’72 Daf 66 Variomatic – I find it very interesting indeed. Having watched this video, all I can think is, how could the Swedish Government not give more help to Saab/Volvo when they needed it, instead of that stupid ‘we’re not in the car building business’, or whatever was said last year. “The Swedish state is not prepared to own car factories.” I particularly liked seeing the metal press/stamp in action, as my grandfather used to have a small… Read more »
jimmy
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jimmy
5 years 7 months ago
FANTASTIC! I love the shots of the 96’s being assembled and painted — when the paint weathered off of my 64 Saab you could see that 2 people had painted the car as shown in the movie. Also its nice to know that during every step of the assembly process all of the parts were crash tested. How great is the seat installation in a 96 !!! And I hope the guy riding on the hood at least got good information. It looks like it might have been kind of dangerous to be a pedestrian around the factory. And the… Read more »
Ed Lorenz
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Ed Lorenz
5 years 7 months ago

Three pistons up @ TDC!

Magnus Olert
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Magnus Olert
5 years 7 months ago

This video is really awesome. I have watched it quite a few times now!

At 1:28 you see a row of unfinished Saab 95s. This is filmed in Linköping. The first year or so the 95 was manufactured in Linköping and not in Trollhättan.

I is really fun to see what the Linköping site looked like at the time since I’m working there now!

Anders
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Anders
5 years 7 months ago

For us understanding Swedish one quotation in the film was quite fun:

“…har produktionstakten stadigt ökats och har nu nått upp i nära 30 000 vagnar per år.”

…which means:

“… the production rate has steadily increased and has now reached almost 30 000 cars per year.”

…which was the production 2010 as well.

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