The 1967 Saabo – Saab USA Heritage Collection

Posted on 29. Apr, 2009 by in 2000-2009, Saabo

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Photo Credit: Saab USA Heritage Collection

The 1967 Saabo Camping trailer has been recently added to the Saab USA Heritage Collection.

Here are the details received from the current curators of the Saabo at the collection.

• The SAABO was a caravan produced from 1964 to 1968, by Saab.

· The SAABO caravan (camper/trailer) was manufactured in, outside Norrkoping, Sweden. The project was started by the Ljunga plant and at SAAB in Linkoping. Officially they were working on a project called MEFAN that was supposed to produce hovercrafts for the military. Unofficially they made a camper caravan.

· The idea was to get a product to even out the workload at the helicopter department, that at the time mainly assembled helicopters manufactured in France. After making a model in 1:10 scale they received the OK for production. A first prototype was made at Fisksatra boatyard and the pre-production prototypes at Marieholms Bruk.

The first prototypes were made without brakes, but these were soon added. It was important to keep the weight down as the caravan would be used with automobiles with as little as 25 hp (19kW), like the 38 hp (28 kW) two stroke SAAB 96. And the Swedish regulation at the time allowed unrestricted speed with a caravan if the weigh
was low enough.

• Despite the small size the SAABO was designed to accommodate a family of four (five with an extra bunk). The interior consisted of two a dining table, galley and two wardrobes. Liquified petroleum gas was used for cooking, heating and lighting. The design was made with two half shells of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) enclosing an insulation of folded cardboard. The SAABO had large, low set front and rear windows so the driver of the towing vehicle could look right through it in the rear view mirror. At least 438 SAABOs were made.

— Total length: 3.60 metres (141.7 in)
— Width: 1.84 metres (72.4 in)
— Height: 2.10 metres (82.7 in)
– lnner height: 1.80 metres (70.9 in)
– Weight: 230 kg (507 Ib)
– Cost at launch: 4950

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  1. todd

    29. Apr, 2009

    that thing is hilarious.

    is that the saabhistory corporate headquarters.

    they got high speed internet in that thing.

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  2. Ryan

    01. May, 2009

    Todd,

    You should also see the Saab Toppola as well!

    http://www.saabhistory.com/category/toppola/

    Best,

    Ryan

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