Saab History Helps Saab Enthusiast With SAAB 92

Posted on 01. Aug, 2008 by in 2000-2009, 92, Enthusiasts


I received an e-mail about a week or so ago from a Joseph Mathis who is helping a fellow Saab Club of Kansas City, member Ken Ebling, track down some much needed information for his SAAB 92b.

This process began by Mr. Mathis receiving information from Mr. Ebling that he needed to find a SAAB 92 Service manual and parts list.

He used the internet to search for such material as a starting point and ran into the Vintage Saab Club of North America’s website and contacted the President (VSCNA), Bruce Turk.

saab92m.jpgThe VSCNA kindly referred Mr. Mathis to Saab History. I then recalled seeing a SAAB 92 service manual during my visit to the GM Heritage Center in Detroit and remembered that they can provide copies of such material at a rate of $50/hr for interested parties. I immediately refererred Mr. Mathis to them and in short order, a beautiful copy of the original SAAB 92 service manual arrived via FedEx to his doorstep.

In Mr. Mathis inquiry to Saab History, he brought up Lennart Lonnegren, Saab Motors, Inc. & Saab-Scania of America’s former Public Relations officer, so I had to get the two together, which I did.

Here’s what Mr. Mathis wrote me in his final message to Saab History in his own words.

“I am sure that I speak for Ken when I say thank you for your invaluable assistance in moving this project forward. Here’s to getting a piece of SAAB history back on the road.”

I leave you with our dialog as a way to indicate the level of Saab history that has been shared:

Sunday July 27, 2008

Dear Ryan,

My name is J. T. Mathis, and I am trying to help fellow Saab Club member,Ken Ebling, track down information about his car. He does not have a title and therefore the registration papers in order to put license plates on his car.

Ken is the owner of a Saab 92B with VIN 06829.

Here is some history and background on the car. Ken bought the car in 1984 from an auction which, according to Ken, Saab Cars, USA conducted. He has no title. His contact at that time was with Mr. Lennart Lonnegren, the Saab Public
Relations Director.

Do you know how to get information from Saab about the ownership of Saabs or any information about the origin of this car? Any information that would get us going in our search for this car’s identity would be helpful.

The information you sent me earlier about getting in touch with Mr. Christo Datini in Detroit paid off, and we are getting the service manual from him on this 92B.

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you soon.
Sincerely yours,
Joseph T. Mathis


From: Lennart Lonnegren
To: Joseph Mathis
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 4:09 PM
Subject: Saab history

Joseph T. Mathis

Ryan Emge of Saab History has sent me a copy of your recent e-mail correspondence, hoping, with you, that I can tell you more about what I assume was a Saab 92 that I supposedly was involved in selling back in the 80’s. Unfortunately I cannot tell you much about the car, or the transaction. To be perfectly frank when I first saw the correspondence I had no recollection whatsoever of the affair.

However, thinking back, I do remember something about a Saab 92 that I believe Saab-Scania of America had somehow received, I do not recall from where or from whom. I do seem to recall that we offered it for sale and that some nice Saab fans from Missouri or Kansas were the buyers. Somehow I also seem to recall that we arranged to transport the car to the buyers at the company’s expense, but I may be mistaken in that.

(At that time the company did not maintain any collection of cars and we were not that interested in starting one, although later a very respectable collection was begun, including a very early Saab 92 that I believe we received from Sweden. The collection is today part of the General Motors Heritage Collection.)

Frankly, that is all I can remember of this event, though I recall distinctly that the convention was held at New Glarus, Wisconsin. I must have attended close to a dozen Saab owner conventions, and memories from one or the other seem to mesh together without distinction.

For your information –you got my name absolutely correct… a very rare occurence indeed — I was in charge of corporate communications, including all public relations, for Saab Motors Inc., and Saab-Scania of America Inc., from 1963 until I retired and eventually left the company in 1990. And, yes, I am still alive, as are the two Saab officials who came with me to New Glarus: Bob Sinclair, president of Saab-Scania of America; and Erik Carlsson, Saab’s famous rally driver and good-will ambassador, who came from his home in England especially for the Saab owner convention.

If you have any other questions or maybe want to try to refresh my memory, please feel free to contact me


Thursday, July 31, 2008


Thanks to your introduction, I have now heard back from Mr. Lonnegren.

A very pleasant response. He is leaving for a trip to Europe, so I will not be able to correspond with him again, until late August. I am very pleased to have made contact with him. I plan on sending him all of the information about the car that I can, to see if it helps in restoring the history of this car.

I feel that each contact and step here is working to fill in the gaps of this car and its origin. I have been talking to Ken Ebling, the owner, and getting as much information as I can from him. Surely along the way, we will reconstruct the history of this car. Since I am retired, it has been a fun project in which to be involved.

I am currently waiting to hear from the GM Heritage Center with service manual. I spoke with the GM Heritage Center and ordered it.

Thanks again for all your help.

Sincerely yours,

Joseph T. Mathis


Thursday, July 31, 2008


Just this afternoon, FedEx dropped off my copy of the Saab 92 service manual.

I am attaching a picture or two of what they sent. You will note that the book is rather thick. I would guess, without counting that it is at least 100 pages, both sides.

I am also attaching a few pictures for you of the car, and of the dealership in Kansas City where the car is stored.

Thank you again for all your help in securing this Service Manual.

Sincerely yours,

Joseph T. Mathis

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One Response to “Saab History Helps Saab Enthusiast With SAAB 92”

  1. Simon

    11. Mar, 2016

    Does the GM Archive still hold this material and if not, who now looks after all this material?

    I ask, as I’d really like to get an English copy of the Saab 92B service manual.


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