Saab Lancia 600

Posted on 21. Oct, 2006 by in 1980-1989, 600 Lancia

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In the 1980s, Saab Automobile partnered with Lancia. Saab even at the 1980s did not have the finances to create a new platform, so Saab chose to go with with the Lancia Delta platform. The Lancia Delta was also sold as the Saab 600 in Sweden. The 1985 Lancia Thema also shared a platform with the Saab 9000, Fiat Croma and the Alfa Romeo 164

The Saab 600 was a rebadged Lancia Delta, sold by Saab after a deal with Lancia (this deal was a part of the co-operation between Saab Automobile and Fiat-Lancia-Alfa Romeo, in the 1980s, which also resulted in the ‘Type 4’ project, which provided the common platforms for the Saab 9000, the Lancia Thema, the Fiat Croma and the Alfa Romeo 164). The 600 was developed because, at the time, Saab did not have the finances to support the production of entirely new models and looked to other companies in order to provide a new model line-up.

The Saab 600 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and, in common with the company’s other models, was a front-wheel drive and a hatchback, with a rallying pedigree. Saab helped with the design of the 600/Delta. As a result of this Scandinavian input, both the Saab-Lancia 600 and the Lancia Delta had better resistance to rust than most Italian cars and were better suited to a cold climate. The Lancia Delta earned the European Car of the Year Award in 1980.

The Saab 600 was sold in Sweden only.

Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_600

Now that we have the facts, we realize that the Saab 9-2x was not the first time this type of project was executed with Saab Automobile. I also think that since Saab Automobile has a 9-2x Aero in their Heritage collection, they should also have the Lancia 600 in the there as well, or at least have one at the museum in Sweden given that this vehicle was only available in Sweden.

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6 Responses to “Saab Lancia 600”

  1. peter

    12. Mar, 2007

    The Saab 600 was intended to offer a solution to 96 customers after production of the Saab 96 ended.

    I remember seeing them in the 80’s, but they were very rare by 2000.

    Later, all Swedish Saab dealers were dualled with Lancia, and they sold non competing Lancia models.

    The Lancia models (including the Saab 600) had a bad reputation for body corrosion.

    Peter

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  2. Huseni iddris

    23. Sep, 2007

    I went a keys to a lancia with this chacis number ZLA838000+02004058, please let me known, if is possibe to get it.

    thanks

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  3. ryanoe9000

    23. Sep, 2007

    Huseni,

    Are you asking that you want keys to a SAAB 600 Lancia? You will need to prove that you are the owner of said vehicle.

    Reply to this comment
  4. Autoblog

    18. Aug, 2009

    I like Alfa Romeo so much that really this article was quite interesting for me. Last years this Italian car designers created some of the best looking cars.

    Reply to this comment

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