In an interview with CAR magazine around 18 months ago, Carl-Peter Forster (GM Europe head honcho) was asked about what would be happening with Saab. I don’t recall his exact words, but he mentioned that they wouldn’t be spending money on things that were needless or didn’t identify with the brand. He singled out the fibre optic cabling in the 9-3 Sport Sedan, for example, as a wasted investment as it couldn’t be replicated in other vehicles.
He indicated that Saab needed to invest in designs that were identifiable as being “Saab”. The curved windscreen, for example – “how could they ever do away with that” – or words to that effect.
The curved windscreen was a Saab phenomenon that really took effect with the Saab 99 back in the 1960’s and continued right up until 1993 – a testimony to the classic shape of the 99 and 900.
This little writeup was prompted by some photos that local Tassie Saabnut Drew B sent to me a few days ago. He’s doing up a 1993 Saab 900 that he picked up on the cheap with a blown head gasket. When Drew fixes up a car, though, it gets fixed up properly and this car’s had half its engine in pieces and the full interior ripped out to fix various bits and pieces.
The latest job required the fitting of a new windscreen, which when done in the Drew B fashion means that the entire dash gets to show its innards to the world.
You can really appreciate how curvy that Saab screen is when it’s sitting outside of the vehicle:
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