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The Saab 94 (Sonett I) : 1956

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .

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saab sonett i ivory no1 The Saab 94 (Sonett I) : 1956

Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab 94 (Saab Sonett I Super Sport) was created in 1956 of which only 6 were ever built even though it was originally planned to go into full-scale production as the first sports car for SAAB.

This SAAB Sonett I Super Sport project was lead in October of 1954 by SAAB chief engineer, Rolf Melde while incorporating designs from chief designer Sixten Sason where they were built in total secrecy from the public outside of the Trollhättan area within a barn in a small town called Åsaka. The SAAB Sonett I Super Sport or “So Neat” as translated was an open-top two seater sports car that was officially unveiled at the Stockholm Motor Show in February of 1956. These prototype sports cars got a lot of great press internationally, however the Sonett Super Sport project never got into production due to new regulations in motorsport two years later in 1958 that led to the opportunity to use standard vehicles with Sonett engines thus making the Sonett body, frame, etc. obsolete and unnecessary. As a result of this decision, the six Sonett I models became instant collectors items.

This production vehicle for SAAB 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)

scandia90 The Saab Project Designs by Model

flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelBror Bjurströmer

SAAB 91 (1947-1966)

saab91 The Saab Project Designs by Model

flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelA.J. Andersson

SAAB 92001 (Prototype) (1946/1947)

92001 The Saab Project Designs by Model

flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelSixten Sason

flagSE The Saab Project Designs by ModelGunnar Ljungström

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The Saab Naming and Model Nomenclature

Posted on 25. Feb, 2008 by .

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model nomenclature1 The Saab Naming and Model Nomenclature

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.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_Automobile

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Hirsch Performance Owner Acquires Saab Sonett No. 4

Posted on 30. Oct, 2007 by .

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saab sonett i green no4 Hirsch Performance Owner Acquires Saab Sonett No. 4

Photo Credit: Saab History / 2005 Saab Festival, Trollhättan, Sweden

The mystery is over, as to the whereabouts of the green Saab Sonett I, No. 4 photographed above since Dr. Klaus Muller-Ott, the individual that purchased and restored the green Saab Sonett I, No.4. and wrote the book a few years ago.

The Sonett Club of Sweden has just informed Saab History that this Sonett I, VIN # 4 was purchased by Rene Hirsch, owner of Hirsch Performance who resides in St Gallen, Switzerland

Hirsch Performance is the company that provides performance upgrades to Saab Enthusiasts to brand-new Saabs at the dealership level for most if not all markets except the United States.

I have contacted Rene Hirsch and eagerly await his response as to the finer details of this incredible acquisition!

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Sports Car Service, Wilmington, DE – Saab Independent

Posted on 17. Oct, 2007 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab History, Sports Car Service & National Airviews

On Saturday, October 13th, I had the opportunity to visit the Saab Independent, Sports Car Service of Wilmington, Delaware.

The History

Sports Car Service began operations in November of 1956, the same year that SAAB Motors, Inc. operations began in the United States and this family owned and operated Saab independent sales & service facility has been selling nothing but Swedish-built Saab automobiles ever since.

The People

Upon my visit I was greeted with a firm handshake by owner and general manager, Bill Jacobson, as well as his Father, John who was originally responsible for getting the business off the ground since the first owner passed away just prior to 1961, the same year that SAAB Motors, Inc. moved their operations from Hingham, Massachusetts to 100 Waterfront Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Jacobson also has four sisters, one of which now runs Saab of Baltimore and the first SAAB 96 that she drove resides in his showroom, in good overall shape.
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The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

Posted on 05. Aug, 2007 by .

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sonett emblem The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

This SAAB Sonett I Super Sport project was lead in October of 1954 by SAAB chief engineer, Rolf Melde while incorporating designs from chief designer Sixten Sason where they were built in total secrecy from the public outside of the Trollhättan area within a barn in a small town called Ã…saka. The SAAB Sonett I Super Sport or “So Neat” as translated was an open-top two seater sports car that was officially unveiled at the Stockholm Motor Show in February of 1956. These prototype sports cars got a lot of great press internationally, however the Sonett Super Sport project never got into production due to new regulations in motorsport two years later in 1958 that led to the opportunity to use standard vehicles with Sonett engines thus making the Sonett body, frame, etc. obsolete and unnecessary. As a result of this decision, the six Sonett I models became instant collectors items.

At the recent Saab 60th Anniversary Festival in Trollhättan, Sweden this past June, I managed to see 3 of the 6 Sonett models without an appearance of the the fourth Sonett I in green. At the 2005 Saab Festival also in Trollhattan, this vehicle was present and owned by a Dr. Klaus Muller-Ott of Germany who wrote an entire book in the Saab History book library about the Sonett No.4 being restored, titled “SAAB Sonett No.4″, however since then, there have been some rumors that Dr. Klaus Muller-Ott sold Number 4, of which the whereabouts are currently unknown by all I have spoken with so far. If someone could shed some light to this recently found, restored and now off the radar Sonett No.4, please contact Saabhistory with an update. Your information would be much appreciated to the International Saab Community.

For more information on the Sonett, I would highly suggest getting a copy of SAAB Sonett No. 4, Saab Motorhistorisk Magasin – Saab 50 Ar – Alla Bilarna, Alla SAABs Sportbilar – The Sonett, and All Other SAAB Sports Cars

In the meantime, I am providing a list of the SAAB Sonett I Super Sport models and there whereabouts.

saab sonett i ivory no1 The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

Photo Credit: Saab History

Number: No.1
Color: Ivory
Location: Saab Museum, Trollhättan, Sweden

saab sonett i orange no2 The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

Photo Credit: Saab History

Number: No.2
Color: Orange
Location: Saab USA Heritage Collection, Sterling Heights, Michigan

saab sonett i white red The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

Photo Credit: Saab History

Number: No.3
Color: Red (Far Left)
Location: G̦sta Jakfors, Sweden РPrivately Owned

saab sonett i green no4 The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

Photo Credit: Saab History

Number: No.4
Color: Green
Location: Presently Unknown

saab sonett i blue no5 The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

Photo Credit: Saab History

Number: No.5
Color: Blue
Location: Saab Museum, Trollhättan, Sweden

saab sonett i white blue no6 600 The SAAB Sonett I (Super Sport)

Photo Credit: Saab History

Number: No.6
Color: White-Blue
Location:Bill Jacobson, United States – Privately Owned

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Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Posted on 01. Apr, 2007 by .

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ursaab wind tunnel 1947 Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

As a follow-up to the previous posting on Saab’s drag coefficients as early as 1947 with the Saab model 92, I have decided to provide information that covers the approaches that Saab has integrated to also successfully minimize lift.

This list is to provide additional lift-minimizing elements “outside of” the actual body design of the Saab models that I mentioned earlier on aerodynamics and drag coefficients.

If you have any additions, please post your comments to this post along with your e-mail address if you have photographs and any other relevant information.

Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

Saab 92 (1947-1956) –

Saab 93 (1956-1959) –

Saab 94 (1956 Sonett I) -

Saab 95 (1959-1978)
*Rear Roof spoiler
saab 95 rear roof deflector Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 96 (1960-1980)
* spoiler added what year and were there variations successful or not?
* Front air dam
saab96 frontspoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 97(SonettII/V4 1966-1969) (SonettIII 1970-1974) –

Saab 99 (1969-1984)
* Rear spoilers for coupe and sedan respectively.
saab99cc rear spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

saab99sedan rear spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

* Front Air Dam
saab99 frontspoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947


Saab 900
(1979-1993/94)
* Rear Rubber Spoiler for Hatch, Sedan & Convertible models respectively.
saab 900 hatch spoiler1 Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

saab 900 sedan spoiler1 Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

saab 900 convertible spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

* Rear Rubber tipped fiberglass Whale-Tail Spoiler for hatch models.

saab 900 whale tail spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

* Air-Flow Kit
saab 900 airflow kit Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

* Front lower air dam

Saab 9000CC (1985-1992)
* Full wrap-around rear rubber spoiler 1985 only
saab 9000 cc wrap around spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Standard rear-deck rubber spoiler
saab 9000cc spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Fiberglass Bridge Spoiler
saab 9000 cc bridge spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Front Spoiler
saab 9000 front spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Air Flow Kit
saab 9000cc airflow kit Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 9000CD
(1988-1993)
* Air Flow Kit
saab 9000cd airflow kit Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Fiberglass spoiler

Saab 9000CS (1993-1998)
* Fiberglass Standard spoiler
saab 9000cs spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Fiberglass Bridge spoiler

Saab NG 900 (1994-1998)
* Rear Rubber Spoiler
saab ng900 rubber spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Rear Fiberglass spoiler with rubber tip
saab ng900 fiberglass rubbertipped spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Rubber Spoiler (Convertible)
saab ng900 convertble rubber spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Front Spoiler
saab ng900 front spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 9-3 (1999-2002)
*Rear Spoiler
saab 9 3 convertible spoiler1 Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Rear Fiberglass pedestal Spoiler
*Rising Spoiler (Viggen only)

Saab 9-3 Convertible (1999 – 2003, 2004- )
* Rear Spoiler
saab 9 3 convertible spoiler 2004 Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan (2003 -
*Rear Spoiler
saab 9 3ss rear spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
*Rear Aero Spoiler
saab 9 3ss rear aero spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 9-3 SportCombi (2005 -
* Rear Roof Spoiler

Saab 9-5 (1999 –
* Front Lip Spoiler
saab 9 5 front lip spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Rear Bridge Spoiler
saab 9 5 rear spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947
* Rear Pedestal Spoiler
saab 9 5 pedestal spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 9-5 SportCombi (2000-
* Rear Roof Spoiler
saab 9 5 combi rear spoiler Saab solutions to minimizing lift since 1947

Saab 9-2x (2005-2006)

Saab 9-7x (2005 -

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The Saab Sonett I – Saab USA Heritage Collection

Posted on 19. Feb, 2007 by .

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sonetti The Saab Sonett I   Saab USA Heritage Collection

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

Today is Monday, and that means, the second installment from the Saab Automobile USA Heritage Collection. In this installment, I am presenting the Saab Sonett I, which is also known as the Super Sport or model “94″. This model is #2 of the 6 models ever made.

Here is a writeup from Saab Automobile USA of the Sonett I.

1956 SAAB SONETT “SUPER SPORT”

The name sounds like a song. But in fact, the Saab Sonett two-seater was originally named after the Swedish expression “så nätt,” meaning “so neat.”

The Saab Sonett “Super Sport” was first unveiled at the 1956 Stockholm Auto Show. It made its North American debut later that year in New York, where it captured the public attention Saab needed to kick off its automotive business in the United States.

Using contemporary Saab aircraft practices, the Sonett chassis was formed by a riveted aluminum box carrying a fiberglass roadster body. Utilizing the high-performance (58-hp) version of the three-cylinder 750cc two-stroke engine found in the Saab model 93, chief engineer Rolf Mellde “reversed” the drivetrain for optimum weight distribution – putting the engine behind the transmission while maintaining front-wheel drive. The engine rotates in the opposite direction from the production Saabs of the era to accommodate this reverse transmission layout.

Originally designed to compete in a racing series that eventually never materialized, Saab built only six first-generation Sonett “Super Sport” roadsters – which all exist today. Saab rally legend Erik Carlsson participated in the 1989 Mille Miglia road race through Italy with the white Sonett that resides in Saab’s factory automotive museum in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The Sonett with chassis No. 2, finished in a period orange, was originally part of the private collection of the Swedish Saab distributor Philipsson. When the collection was dismantled in the mid-1980s, the car was acquired for the Saab USA heritage collection by then-president Bob Sinclair. The two met again at the 2006 New York auto show, where the Sonett I was the commemorative centerpiece of Saab’s 50th anniversary in the United States.

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