Get inside the Oscar winner Drive My Car's Saab 900 Turbo.
It took the main role concept to another level.
Cinema always had iconic vehicles helping actors to develop their characters, from James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 to Ferris Bueller's Ferrari 250 GT.
However, a few had such an impact for being the star of the film on their own like the Saab 900 from the Best Foreign Language Film award winner Drive My Car did.
It's common to see huge machines taking over the screens. The Fast and Furious saga and other plots normally impress with the most advanced features.
But the Saab 900 goes another way. It's a real car for real people, bringing back the fond memories of its first launch in the '70s.
One of the most iconic Swedish cars, the 900's appeal is still one-of-a-kind within the culture.
The Japanese drama depicts an intriguing relationship between a chauffeur and their passenger, movie director Yusuke Kafuku. The vehicle involved in that connection brings strong retro vibes with its painting, which resembles iconic sport-style wheels like Ferraris, alongside high-end details that enhance the overall aesthetic.
It matches the exterior design with its red leather upholstery, which was also a prime choice for other versions produced between 1978 and 1993 with an absolutely eye-catching hue. Designed along the same lines, the classic old steering wheel also gets an exclusive textured look.
In the end, the leather interior gets a lot of attention in the movie mainly because a significant part of the dialogue between the two characters happens inside the car. While both get closer and more intimate, the vehicle plays an increasingly important role.
The choice of Saab 900 can be considered very accurate based on the story of the movie, since its passenger, movie director Kafuku, is a mysterious man who recently lost his wife — this is how cinema keeps finding ways to connect different narratives.
Throughout the history of the automotive industry, sports cars have always been associated with power and respect, once usually assigned only to men. In that sense, another interesting point found on Drive My Car is that the 900 is driven by a young female chauffeur.
Despite being an anticipated model in the past, the car isn't the most well-known model nowadays.
All of these ideas were called into question by the way the Saab 900 was portrayed in the movie, a plot filled with details that just made the car's appeal even more curious and singular.
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