Wow, how time flies when there are things to worry about! It’s been quite some time since I’ve contributed to the collective knowledge base about things Saab and automotive; I’ve not been holding up my end of the bargain, I’m afraid.
As announced several months ago on this site, I finally made good on my intentions and made a pilgrimage to the Lane Motor Museum, a local collection of unusual automobiles and military vehicles that have been restored to or maintained in working order.
Before I launch into my description, I must say that I found the visit uplifting and curiously thought-provoking for one primary reason: engineers and designers, given time and resources, show immense passion, creativity and ingenuity when they are working in their chosen medium. Every automobile in the Lane Motor Museum collection is evidence of that. Everywhere you look there are examples of resourcefulness and engineering know-how that exceed expectations.
I expect that the engineers and designers at Saab will show the same level of inventiveness once they are challenged with a fresh set of circumstances and a new-found liberties. Those creative and talented Swedes are full of great ideas and when those ideas come forth I expect the unexpected.
Of course, there are a couple of Saabs in the mix for you, too. Read on!