Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pre-GM Saab 900 Production Footage - Dirty Socialists

I've been seriously considering a Saab as my next old car. Cheap, weird and fun, they tick all the right boxes and might provide a nice change from all the Japanese stuff I've owned over the years.

This 1980's video of 900 production at Malmo shows a surprisingly relaxed, hand intensive build process, with more than a touch of Northern European style progressive politics mixed in. I'm sure that once GM entered the scene it quickly became all robots and tiered administration, but it's nice to see how truly unique Saab was in the good old independent days, including the rotating, unisex, self-supervising floor worker management system.


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