I’m up in Launceston for the work trip and I was showing a friend through some of the photos from the Sweden trip when I realised that I don’t think these ones have been shown on site. I uploaded a bunch of shots to Flickr, but for the benefit of those that couldn’t be bothered clicking through, there’s a few cars from that set that deserve a special viewing.
Like this one.
Below is what looks like a regulation Saab 92. Seeing a Saab 92, especially for a guy from Australia, is a pretty special thing. When I walked up behind this one it was beautiful sight to see.
You’ll notice this one’s getting a bit of attention. Even for people who aren’t from Australia, I’d imagine seeing a 92 up close is a reasonably rare thing and something to be savoured and appreciated.
Especially this one.
What our friendly policeman is looking at right there is no ordinary little two stroke engine. It’s quite amazing, actually. From the outside, everything on this car is totally regulation. Stock green paint. They even look like stock wheels and tyres (though I didn’t look that closely).
Our curious policeman above is checking this out:
Now, if you’ve ever seen a 92 up close and personal, you’ll know how small they are. How in the heck someone managed to shoehorn a V6 into the thing is absolutely beyond me.
The jury was still out in my mind as to whether or not this was a good thing. Part of me wants to applaud the engineering that must have gone into such a feat. But then the other part kicks in and says THIS IS A SAAB 92!!!!! The original production Saab, the first one. The Alpha model. Numero Uno. It’s meant to have a little 2-stroke lawnmower engine AND NOTHING ELSE.
I think that side of me won the battle. Even moreso when I looked inside the car. I’ll make this one an enlargeable thumbnail so as to not hurt your eyes too much….
Part of me still applauds the hours of work that must have gone into this. But even with the V6 under the hood there’s no way that interior should be made to look that way.
A brilliant and disturbing job, all at the same time.