The Saab Film Project

Posted on 16. Nov, 2006 by in 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 2000-2009, 900, 9000, 93, 95, 96, 97 (Sonett II & III), 99


The Saab Film Project is an effort within to assist in the preserving and transferring of any films old and new to digital format for the record. Over the past few years, a number of films have been donated to Saabhistory and with that, these films with the help of donations from Saab Enthusiasts worldwide, have contributed to the successfull professional processing of such films from analog to digital format.

It is expected that as more films surface and various phases continue to be built upon, this project will continue to serve as a platform in this film conversion process and thus will be permanently designated as a “work in progress”.

Update: 11.7.2007 As of now, the first phase of the Saab Film Project has been completed, as well as the second.

Phase 1: Completed

Phase 2: Completed

Phase 3: Completed

Saab Film Project Phase 3: Completed

As part of the third phase of this project, I have located a 1974 Saab 99 tv ad from the U.K., and withlocated a 1974 Saab ad“> your donations, I have been able to get it up on the web for us all to enjoy!


Saab Film Project Phase 2: Completed

As part of the second phase of the Saab Film Project this year, I have located two films. These two films came from a company called Cramer Productions and I have recently been in touch with them and they have been able to provide two films they produced. Those films are the 1999 Saab 9-5 Wagon “Meet the Mortons” Promo and the 2000 Saab Master Technician Challenge.

I have grouped these films into the second phase of the Saab Film Project that began last fall.

1) The Saab Master Technician Challenge at the 1999 Saab Owners Convention in Keystone, Colorado (Note: This film is was professionally produced as is not part of the home made film in our archive) There are apparently Saab notable personalities in this film such as Jay Flagg, Randy Risley and more that have worked in Saab’s technical training department for years as well.

For a number of years, Saab Cars USA. Inc. has had held annual Saab Master Technician Challenges for top master service technicians from around the United States to put their diagnostic and mechnical skills to the ultimate test where they compete with others for awards and prizes. I also understand these challenges have taken place in other countries as well and the top 4 candidates from each country, meet in Sweden for the ultimate technician challenge consisting of the “best of the best” for global awards on technical skills and abilities.


What: Saab Master Technician Challenge @ 1999 Saab Owners Convention
When: August 11th, 1999
Where: Keystone, Colorado

2) Saab 9-5 “Meet the Mortons” Promo 1999

This promotional film showcases all of the features of the new Saab 9-5 Wagon new for model year 1999.



Thank you to Cramer Productions as well as Saab Enthusiasts Heather O’Connor & Paul Burger for donating to this second phase of the Saab Film Project here on Saabhistory. If it wasn’t for your kind contributions, these two films would not be available for others to enjoy.

Saab Film Project Phase 1: Completed

There was generous donation to the Saab History project by a well respected and known individual this fall. Since this project, I have turned the idea of converting these films into an ongoing project accepting new films that may be of a non-standard format other than VHS or DVD such as 16mm or Betacam, etc. that need to be converted to ultimately be added to the Saab Video archive on this site for generations to enjoy.

Of the initial 8 films that were donated, there were 8, all of them are in 16mm format except for one that is 8mm format. This means that that they due to this non-standard format, they will need to be converted. There is a cost associated to convert these films as Saabhistory is not equipped with this type of equipment, only for VHS or DVD presently.

There was a campaign that started in order to receive donations in order to get these films converted to digital format that was shown on the left-hand column of this website prior to meeting the financial objective. Now that the first phase has been completed that graph has been temporarily disabled.

Thank you for the memorable donations for making these films available to the Saab community all of you, thank you.

Swedish Amazing Automobile – 1979 * Converted


John at
Anders Jenson of
Carl Levine of Granite Embedded Systems, maker of the Saab AudioTroll
Lester Ewing, President of the Saab Club of North America

Saab 9000 Introduction * Converted


Aaron C. Gilbert at in Washington State, United States
Andy Ponnaz of Swisslodge in Bankok, Thailand
Anders Jenson of in Sweden
Carl Levine of Granite Embedded Systems, maker of the Saab AudioTroll in Greenland, New Hampshire.

Saab-Scania History – * Converted



Saab-Scania Promo 22min & 22sec – * Converted


The members and organizers of the Rocky Mountain Saab Club in Colorado

Swedish Amazing Automobile
Saab 9000 Introduction
Saab-Scania History
Saab-Scania Promo

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10 Responses to “The Saab Film Project”

  1. Anders Jensen

    17. Nov, 2006

    Hello Ryan.
    The EMS/96 rally film should be 1st online.

    I have a new emailaddress, the old works 6 month from now.


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  2. Dan

    17. Nov, 2006

    Another vote for the rally film to be converted first.

    That’s not a bad price. I’ve converted a few old 8mm films myself. With a projector, good screen, a dark room, a tripod and a digital camcorder, it’s not too hard. From what I understand, that’s how the conversion companies do it.

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  3. Zach Wallace

    17. Nov, 2006

    EMS/96 rally film… definately.

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  4. Ryan

    17. Nov, 2006

    I rented a 16mm projector just to get some sneak peeks of the film before we actually get them converted.

    I don’t own a digital camera, so this is pretty decent of a price, considering all of the time it would take, plus audio isolation is necessary to get the best quality audio directly from the projector via line input rather than atmospheric pickup from the external speaker as I am understanding today.

    I look forward to everyone’s help on this project. There is a paypal donation botton on the right-hand side of this site so if 3 people donate $20 we just covered the cost of the conversion and if each person donates $35, they get a copy of the DVD (cost of the DVD, the time of copying and the postage domestically) itself!

    I should have some sneak peaks of #1 (Ems rallye) and #2 Saab History shortly. I am starting to like #2 more actually, you will see why when I get the clips up.

    I am recording these clips from my digital camera (not that good quality) like a digital video camera from the projector’s output today.

    I paid $45 myself just to rent this thing for the weekend to see what these films actually have on them for us Saab Enthusiasts.

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  5. Anders Jensen

    20. Nov, 2006

    OK, 35$ is on it´s way.

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  6. Ryan

    21. Nov, 2006


    Thank you very much for your contribution! I have posted the total as of now on the website.

    Thank you once again!



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