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SAAB SCANIA – “Leaders in Technology” 1989

Posted on 28. Jan, 2009 by .

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On the topic of SAAB-SCANIA 1969-1989, I managed to find a film that specifically outlines each of the divisions of the company such as Aircraft, Saab Car Division, Scania Division and Combitech and Enertech. Enjoy the film and let me know what you think.

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The Saab 99 : 1969 – 1984

Posted on 28. Nov, 2008 by .

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99 The Saab 99 : 1969   1984

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The Saab 99 debuted at the New York Auto Show in April of 1969 as the successor to the 96. The 99 was initially designed as a larger 96, however over the time this model became the initial signature design and inspiration for future Saab designs of today.

The 99 was final vehicle that the first Saab designer, Sixten Sason’s designed. However, this design was collaborated with Bjorn Enväll and was produced in both Trollhättan, Sweden as well as Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The production of this model began as a 1969 model year and continued until 1984.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:
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The Saab 97 (Sonett II) 1966-1969

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .

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1967 sonettii two stroke front The Saab 97 (Sonett II) 1966 1969

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

The Saab 97 (Sonett II) first debuted at the Geneva Motors Show in March of 1966. This vehicle began production at the Arlöv, Sweden ASJ factory which formerly built locomotives, where there were only 28 Sonett II two-stroke models made, 25 production and 3 pre-production in the first year. In 1967, the Sonett II became the Sonett II V4, up until it ended production in 1969.

The Sonett II was derived from two designs, both the MFI-13 as well as Catherina.

This model was first made famous much like the previous 96, by Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson in a modified car in a rally called the Coupe De Alpes in 1966.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:
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The SAAB 96 : 1960 – 1980

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .

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96 The SAAB 96 : 1960   1980

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The SAAB 96 debuted in 1960 as a successor to the 93F.

The 96 was made famous by notable legendary Saab Rally Champions Erik “On The Roof” Carlsson as well as his wife, Pat Moss.

The 96 was built in the Trollhättan, Sweden factory due to capacity in and the V4 models began production in Uusikaupunki, Finland factory.

This model had the longest run of any Saab in history at 20 years, where it went until 1966 when it was converted into model equipped with a V4 engine in 1967 that carried it all the way until 1980.

On the 8th of January, 1980 the last Saab 96V4 rolled off the production line in Finland. The last 96V4 off the production line was driven by rally legend Erik Carlsson from Finland direct to the Saab Museum at Trollhättan where it is on display today.

This new model for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications.
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The SAAB 95 : 1959 – 1978

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .

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95 The SAAB 95 : 1959   1978

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The SAAB 95 was created in May of 1959 as a two-stroke seven passenger “estate” wagon that included rear-hinged suicide doors from older SAAB 93s and 93Bs and was built in the Linköping, Sweden factory due to capacity in Trollhättan and the V4 models began production in Uusikaupunki, Finland

This new model for SAAB was the most capable vehicle in terms of storage and passenger capacity, with the bench seat in the rear that folded away for two.

This model ran until 1966 when it was converted into model equipped with a V4 engine in 1967 that carried it all the way until 1978.

This new model for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications:
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The Saab Project Designs by Model

Posted on 28. Jun, 2008 by .

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saablines The Saab Project Designs by Model

As a follow-up to the previous writeup on the past and present Saab designers and their achievements, it was necessary to include a chronological up-to-date listing of Saab projects both production and concepts.

This listing includes each Saab project, year introduced along with each designer and/or engineer that contributed to the given project.

This list is a work-in-progress, so any additions and/or modifications that you see necessary below, please add your comments to ensure correctness and accuracy.

Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

Design Contributions by Model

SAAB Scandia 90 (1946-1958)

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flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelBror Bjurströmer

SAAB 91 (1947-1966)

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flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelA.J. Andersson

SAAB 92001 (Prototype) (1946/1947)

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flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelSixten Sason

flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelGunnar Ljungström

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Saab Advertising “Sven The Saab” – 1964

Posted on 13. Sep, 2007 by .

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In 1964, the United States counterpart of SAAB SWEDEN, SAAB Motors, Inc. while located at 100 Waterfront Street in New Haven, Connecticut, created a promotional piece of literature in print titled “Sven The Saab”.

The idea of Sven The Saab was to apparently portray the aircraft heritage as well the Swedish background of the SAAB at that time in a comical way. It also tells a good story about how the SAAB automobile’s were brought to the United States.

A sincere thank you to both Ray Kopczynski who purchased the item off of an Ebay auction as well as Ted Yurkon for facilitating the scans of the literature from RAY and making them available to Saab History to share with the international Saab community. Enjoy going through the pages in this entire 26-page piece of SAAB history.

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The SAAB Guide – Book

Posted on 27. Jul, 2007 by .

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In 1961, an author by the name of Keith Ayling published a book called The SAAB Guide which has now been denoted in the Saab Book library for the record that is extremely rare clearly out of print.

saab guide The SAAB Guide   BookIn the 127 pages that this book includes, there are numerous vintage photographs as well as other important pieces of information regarding SAAB’s early history, with even a special chapter devoted to SAAB’s history in the United States from between 1956-1961.

There are ten chapters in the book that consist of the following: 1. The Birth of a “Wingless Airplane”, 2. Two Little White SAABS, 3. Roadability and Solid Comfort, 4. Why Front Wheel Drive?, 5. SAAB 95: A “Different” Station Wagon, 6. SAAB Granturismo 750, 7. Your Versatile SAAB, 8. Maintenance, 9. “The Little Sedan That Became a Racer”, 10. Formula Junior.

Thanks to visitor and Saab Enthusiast, Ted Yurkon for contributing an entire electronic version of this book that I will use to slowly dissect that information and convey it here on Saab history in the near future in the best possible way. Thank you Ted for all of your tireless efforts in getting this information out to all of us here.

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