A few days ago, on june 6th – the national day of Sweden, we had the opportunity to attend the revival of a classic Swedish sports car at Von Braun’s showroom in the town of Skene, some 45 minutes away from Gothenburg. It was a grand premiere with over 200 people in attendance – but before we delve deeper into the day itself, we need to go back a few years to the lovely 90’s and the birth of the Indigo 3000.
It all started in the town of Arvika in 1994, where the company Jösse Cars decided to set up shop and build cars under the leadership of Bengt Lidmalm, who had developed a sweet tooth for creating a small, roadster-esque model after he’d been visiting TVR in England.
Two years later, in 1996, the Indigo 3000 was born. It was marketed as a responsive roadster-type model but with the comfort of a grand tourer. The exterior was penned mainly by Hans Philip Zachau which had been previously involved with Volvo Cars; the Indigo also had its fair share of parts both from Volvo and SAAB, mainly both the 3 Litre in-line petrol engine, and the five-speed manual gearbox from the Volvo 960.
Jösse Cars (Later renamed Indigo Cars after moving the town of Åmål) had big plans for the Indigo 3000, sadly it all ended pretty abruptly – the Indigo 3000 was built during 1996-1999, and only 43 cars made their way out the gates. The company was declared bankrupt in 1999, and the Indigo was officially extinct.
Fast forward to 2014 – the newly formed branch of von Braun, vB Automotive, buys all rights to the remains of Jösse Cars and the Indigo brand, and starts the huge task of redeveloping the model into a modern car.
And here we are again, June 6th 2017 – after three years of immense work, the all-new von Braun Indigo 3000R (R for revival) was shown to the world boasting a 3 Litre petrol engine with biturbo capabilities and a bit over 300 HP (100 more than its predecessor). All electricity has been overhauled from ground up, and the car features all modern necessities such as mobile connectivity and back-up camera. Upgrades in the handling department have also been done, with shifts in both placement of integral components such as the tank and the new engine, which has been mounted in a specific longitude manner for increased handling. The gearbox is once again a five-speed stick shift to retain its predecessors engaging shifting. Hans Philip Zachau and his team has once again been brought in to head the exterior development of the 3000R, which has been modestly renewed in respect to the original Indigo’s stand-out design.
There was a lot of interest in both the new Indigo 3000R as well as in the original ones – von Braun had successfully gathered 22 out of the 43 original Indigos that were built, and the retro vibe could surely be felt. We got to hear keynotes from people that had been involved in the project, among those were Torbjörn von Braun and Hans Philip Zachau – who gave us great insight into how complex and time consuming the last three years had been, and how they successfully managed to tackle all obstacles they faced. We we’re shown a powerful introductory video which was followed by an impressive reveal of the cars, one hard top, one cabriolet – to the tunes of the Swedish national anthem.
The car will in first hand be produced in a 10-piece limited “Signature series” – lineup, and will later on go into production on a larger scale. We hope to experience the car more firsthand during the fall when the first test drives for the press are set to start.
If you want more info on the von Braun Indigo 3000R, head over to vB automotive’s website.