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Saab Owners Convention – 1988

Posted on 11. Aug, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Doug Chadwick

The 1988 Saab Owners Convention took place on July 22nd through the 24th, 1988 in Wilmington, Delaware.

This location in Wilmington, Delaware is known as “New Sweden” and the convention was “themed” under a special anniversary year since the first Swedish Immigrants entered America in 1638.

A thanks to Bill Jacobson at Sports Car Service for the information from a posted he loaned Saab History in order to capture the following information in lieu of a booklet and official writeup of the event from the planning committee at the time:

The event was kicked off by Jenny Trostel, who introduced a number of Saab personalities such as Bob Sinclair, Lennart Lonnegren, Karen Nobile & Arsey Miller who also sponsored the convention as part of the Saab-Scania of America team.

JULY 22-24, 1988

New Sweden 1638-1988
Celebrating The 350th Anniversary of the Swedes and Finns First Permanent Settlement in North America.

A Gathering For All Saab Owners

* Concours & Rallye
* Saab Dignitaries
* Parts & Sales Exchange
* Technical Sessions
* Awards Banquet
* Family Fare Historical Tours
* Fun, Fun, Fun!!

Wilmington Hilton Hotel

For More Information Write:
Delaware Valley Saab Club
Convention Information
36 S. Cliffe Drive
Wilmington, DE 19809

Also special thanks to Saab Enthusiasts, Doug Chadwick for the photography and Stefan Vapaa for the emblem and Tim Winker for the video.

I am still looking for the original booklet and any photography of this event as well.

This convention is also listed on the Saab Convention Archive here on Saab History.

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SAAB SCANIA – “Leaders in Technology” 1989

Posted on 28. Jan, 2009 by .


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 9000 CD : 1988 – 1997

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by .



The Saab 9000 CD (Classic Design) was first introduced as four-door sedan/saloon model in Nice in 1988.

The 9000 CD took on the facelifted body style of the 1991 9000 CC, however it was without a hatchback. 1992 marked a final “griffin edition” of the 9000 CD. A year later, the model was upgraded to a higher trim level known as the CDE. The CDE model had a CS body style facelift in 1995 where it continued until 1997.

Much like the first 9000 CC’s, three Saab 9000 CD’s took to talladega speedway in 1990 as well.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:


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The Saab 9000 CC : 1985 – 1992

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9000 was unveiled at the Kolmarden Zoo and game park 24 May 1984, one hour South of Nykoping, Sweden, Saab’s former head office. The 9000 CC was co-developed by Saab-Scania’s Car Division as well as Lancia, Fiat & Alfa-Romeo following the Saab 600.

This model was designed by the Italian, Giorgetto Giugiaro as well as Swedish designer Björn Envall. The 9000 had over 2 million miles of testing and development devoted towards it and was built in both Trollhättan, Sweden as well as Uusikaupunk, Finland

As a tribute to the endurance that this car had, there were numerous tests conducted such as the Talladega “Long Run” in 1986. In 1990, the 9000 also won the guinness book of world records in for distance traveled.

The Saab 9000 began design all the way back in 1974, but was first produced in 1985 and lasted until 1992, until a new CS body style was built. However, some years after the 9000 CC was produced, a 9000 CD showed up in 1988 and was produced until 1997, later to be alongside the CS.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 600 : 1980-1982

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab-Lancia

The Saab-Lancia 600 was produced from 1980 until 1982. It was a Saab-Scania / Lancia partnership that was created in order to share the financials in creating a platform that would eventually set the stage for the successor, the Saab 9000, three years later.

The Saab 600 was a rebadged Lancia Delta and that set the stage for the Saab-Scania & Fiat-Lancia-Alfa Romeo partnership.

The Saab 600 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, which was a front-wheel drive, 4-door hatchback.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 900 Convertible : 1986 – 1994

Posted on 30. Nov, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

The convertible idea was conceived by Bob Sinclair, former President Saab-Scania of America, Inc. and the engineering was conducted by Steven Rossi & American Sunroof Company.

The Saab 900 Turbo Cabriolet prototype in 1983. was unveiled to the crowd at the Frankfurt Motor Show that Saab in 1983.

A year later, this vehicle was also featured in the Saab Olympics which took place in Los Angeles in 1984.

The first production model of the Saab 900 Convertible arrived in 1986 of which there were 400 made that year and was built in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The final year for the production of the convertible took place in 1994, a year after the 900 ended production.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 900 Notchback : 1981 – 1993

Posted on 30. Nov, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab-Scania

The Saab 900 notchback sedan was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1981. That year, the models traditional 3-door & 5-door hatchback model lineup was expanded to include sedans which featured a new body style known as the “notchback”, which effectively eliminated the hatch leaving a trunk.

This new body style was included in not only the initial sedans, but between 1985 and 1986, it had a 3-door model people refer to as the “notchback”. It’s design continued through the years until 1993, and it even served as the basis for the Saab 900 convertible in 1986.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 900 : 1979 – 1993

Posted on 29. Nov, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 900 continued the legacy of the 99 as a Combi Coupé / hatchback and was first introduced in 1979 and was produced for 15 years until it came to an end in 1993.

The 900 was designed by Saab designer, Bjorn Enväll and was produced in Uusikaupunki, Finland, Arlöv, Sweden, Malmö, Sweden and Trollhättan, Sweden

The Saab 900 became known as the classic 900 when it rolled off of the production line on March 26th, 1993 in an Imola Red 900 Aero, which was subsequently driven directly to the Saab Museum in Trollhättan.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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