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The Saab 92B : 1953-1956

Posted on 25. Nov, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

In 1953 the SAAB 92A(ninety two), was replaced by the SAAB 92B and this model ran until 1956.

This model was the first production vehicle for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications:

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The SAAB 92A : 1950 – 1952

Posted on 24. Nov, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

The SAAB 92A began production in December of 1949 as a 1950 model year after the first prototype was created a few years earlier known as the URSAAB 92001.

This model was the first production vehicle for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications:

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Saab History Helps Saab Enthusiast With SAAB 92

Posted on 01. Aug, 2008 by .



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.


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The Saab Project Designs by Model

Posted on 28. Jun, 2008 by .



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)


Bror Bjurströmer

SAAB 91 (1947-1966)


A.J. Andersson

SAAB 92001 (Prototype) (1946/1947)


Sixten Sason

Gunnar Ljungström


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Saab Enthusiast Acquires 1951 SAAB 92

Posted on 10. Jun, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Pierre Marchand

Pierre Marchand of Canada, a Saab enthusiast and proud owner of a 1992 900S since new, has acquired a beautiful 1951 SAAB 92 and has been kind enough to share some information about it on Saab History.

In the meantime, anyone have an english version of the SAAB 92 owner’s manual, accessories or anything else for this vintage beauty that you could sell him?

Here is a little background of this wonderful SAAB 92.

As promised pleased find enclosed a few pictures from my 1951 Saab 92.

img_0002.jpgAccording to the swedish paperwork (enclosed in the attachments), the car was built on December 12th 1951 to be registered January 4th 1952. After a short list of owners up to 1963, the car was kept as a “collector” by a swedish gentleman named Sören Johansson up until it’s sale in 2005 to a french gentleman from Paris named Gerald Favot who at the time was living in Sweden. In need of $$ and also owning an 850 Saab Monte carlo, he chose to let go of his 92 which he advertised in a french car magazine. I just happened to be in Paris for work purpose when I saw the ad and quickly managed to buy the car.

Except for the paint which has been redone a few years ago, the car is all original, from it’s interior to it’s engine. The original owner manual (all in swedish) as well as the original tools & jack came with the car. A couple of Saab blankets from the early fifties (that I’m told were bought by the original owner) also came with the car. You can get a glimpse of them on the back seat of the small picture of the interior.

Hope you’ll enjoy the pictures.


P.S. Let me know if you hear of an english translation for the owner’s manual! I’m interested in any accessories or litterature on the 92.

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The Saab Naming and Model Nomenclature

Posted on 25. Feb, 2008 by .



Image Credit: Saab History

As a follow-up to the posting I made back in November of 2006 on the logo history, it is about time that I compliment this information with the following on the correct capitalization and nomenclature of the models of the Saab Automobile brand. I hope this sheds some more light in our dialog about Saabs, SAABs and all of the great products that have been developed over the years.

I have provided a fairly well written piece already done on Wikipedia that I would like to articulate if I may regarding the correct capitalization and model nomenclature as a guide.

It is my hope that as a result of this posting, others will be able to better articulate their writing and speaking when referring to all of Saab’s products from 1947 until present. I also think that this posting will help to end search criteria that is typically entered in Google as follows: (SAAB 93 XWD, SAAB 92 ABS, Saab 94 Ski Rack, 2001 SAAB 95, 1999 93, etc.) If this search criteria was taken literally, as it should as google can only do just that, we would have had Cross Wheel Drive available in the late 1950’s, ABS in the late forties, and two long production runs for the SAAB Ninety Five and Ninety Three. Let’s hope that this clarifies this naming and model nomenclature once and for all.

1947-1969 (Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget)

The Company: When referring to the company in both written and oral communication where the products were produced between 1947 and 1969, it is proper to use SAAB in all capital letters to refer to these vehicles.

The Models: When referring to vehicles model nomenclature in both written and oral communication that were produced during this time, they are written and pronounced as 92 (Pronounced: Ninety Two), 92 (Pronounced: Ninety Three), 94 (Pronounced: Ninety Four), 95 (Pronounced: Ninety Five), 96 (Pronounced: Ninety Six), 97 (Pronounced: Ninety Seven)

1970-2000 (Saab-Scania)

* Note: Although the merger took place in 1990, the original products continued. (excluding NG900, 9-3 & 9-5)

The Company: When referring to the company in both written and oral communication where the products were produced between 1970 and 1990, it is proper & acceptable to refer to them as Saabs in lower case letters or Saab-Scania vehicles, also in lower case letters.

The Models: When referring to vehicles model nomenclature in both written and oral communication that were produced during this time, they are written and produced as 97 (Pronounced: Ninety Seven), 98 (Pronounced: Ninety Eight), 99 (Pronounced: Ninety Nine), 90 (Pronounced: Ninety), 900 (Pronounced: Nine Hundred), 9000 (Pronounced: Nine Thousand), 9-5 (Pronounced: Nine Five), NG900 (Pronounced: New Generation 900), 9-3 (Pronounced: Nine Three).

2001 – Present (Saab Automobile / General Motors)

The Company: When referring to the company in both written and oral communication where the products were produced between 2001 and the Present, it is proper & acceptable to refer to them as Saab in lower case letters and/or Saab Automobile / GM vehicles.

The Models: When referring to vehicles model nomenclature in both written and oral communication that were produced during this time, they are written and produced as 9-X (Pronounced: Nine X), 9-2x (Pronounced: Nine Two X), 9-3x (Pronounced: Nine Three X), 9-3 (Pronounced: Nine Three), 9-4x (Pronounced: Nine Four X), 9-5 (Pronounced: Nine Five), 9-7x (Pronounced: Nine Seven X)

I leave you with a brief summary from Saab Automobile’s entry from Wikipedia.

Saab / SAAB Correct Capitalization and Model Nomenclature:

While Saab is in fact an acronym, and, as with many other manufacturers, the word “SAAB” appears in all-capitals within the corporate emblem and in on-vehicle badging, the current correct capitalization of Saab when in print is “Saab,” and not “SAAB.”[citation needed] Other manufacturers such as Volvo, Toyota, Lexus, Acura, and Chevrolet employ the use of all-capitalized vehicle badging, but they are still considered proper names and capitalized as such when written. Likewise, Saab is treated as a proper name and not an acronym, despite its origins..”[citation needed]

Furthermore, all current Saab vehicles are badged with a large 9 and a smaller 3, 5, or 7x following the 9, such as “9³”. However, the digits are considered separate, and are spoken as, for example, “nine three,” and written as “9-3.” Nearly every Saab model ever produced has begun with the number 9 (Saab 600 being an exception), and Saab’s two models became 9-3 and 9-5 in the late 1990s, which was likely a marketing attempt at positioning the vehicles as direct competitors to the BMW 3-series and 5-series, respectively.


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A Call To All SAAB 92 Owners in the USA

Posted on 04. Feb, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

Tim Winker, former editor for Nines Magazine, who participated in the Saab 900 Talladega event as a journalist in 1996 who has recently rallied in Tom Donney’s SAAB 92 at the Elkhart Lake Rally in Wisconsin, is calling all SAAB 92 owners.

He is kindly requesting any and all information pertaining to their whereabouts, current conditions, history, present-day photography and of course, contacts for all current owners and even non owners of these vehicles.

Here is the list he is working on as we speak. If you could help him by contacting Saab History, directly, that would be much appreciated. I will forward your note to him directly.

I am working (finally!) on a story on the SAAB 92 that we ran on the Elkhart Lake Rally, Tom Donney’s #218.

Would like to update the list of all known 92s in the US. Know of any others? have any of these changed hands?

1950 92 00218 Tom Donney, Fort Dodge, IA
1951 92 01837 Saab Cars USA, Inc.
1951 92 02222 Clyde Billing, Augusta, ME
1953 92B ????? Ken Ebling, Overland Park, KS
1954 92B 10446 Garry Small, Portland, OR
1955 92B 12960 Bill Jacobson, Wilmington, DE
1955 92B 13392 Sean Tennis, Seattle, WA

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Garry Small Saab of Portland, Oregon – SAAB 92

Posted on 30. Jan, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

During my recent visit to Garry Small Saab of Portland, Oregon, site sponsor of Saab History, I got to see their super rare 1954 SAAB 92 which was originally located in California.

The SAAB 92, was the first production vehicle for Svenska Aeroplan AktieBolaget or SAAB and was initially only available in the color “Watermelon Green“. This changed a few years later of course due to demand.

This rust-free vehicle is very unique to North America, given that the SAAB 93 was actually the first production vehicle to be delivered in the United States back in 1956 which were first delivered on the port of Hingham, Massachusetts.

Sixten Sason, was the first SAAB designer responsible for this vehicle as were a handful of other engineers including Gunnar Ljungström, as well as the Grand Father Sigmund Johansson of Peter Johansson who is the current lead engineer on the new XWD system system as well as 14 others including two of whom, did not even have driver’s licenses.

Here is a summary written by Saab Automobile USA about their own 1952 92 which is part of the Saab USA Heritage Collection.

Here is the summary:

Often described as an airplane without wings, the 92 (earlier model designations belonged to Saab aircraft) was created in the aftermath of WWII as a rugged, low-cost and practical car to safely conquer the rough Scandinavian roads of the time.

Lead by Gunnar Ljungström, the original 92 was developed by a team of 16 Saab aircraft engineers – only two of whom, according to the legend, had a driver’s license. Responsible for the exterior design was Sixten Sason, a freelance industrial designer who also gathered fame with his contributions to Hasselblad cameras.

Reflecting its aircraft heritage, the Saab 92 used a monocoque one-piece body/frame structure, yielding light weight as well as great strength. Its front-wheel drive not only delivered good traction on snow, but also a flat floor and an amazingly roomy interior – given the compact exterior dimensions.

For the first couple of years, Saab offered the 92 only in green paint, said to be left over from army supplies. The four-passenger car was powered by a two-cylinder, two-stroke engine with an output of 25 horsepower. It had a three-speed manual transmission with the shifter mounted on the steering column, saving interior space.

Produced from 1949 to 1956, the 92 exemplifies Saab’s zest for innovation and design that have become known around the world as the key characteristics of the Swedish brand.

Because Saab did not officially start its automotive business in the United States until 1956, it is fortunate to have this 1952 model 92 (serial number 1837) as the “arch father” of its Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Heritage Collection.

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