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The Saab 98 Combi Coupe Prototype

Posted on 06. Aug, 2008 by .

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saab98a The Saab 98 Combi Coupe Prototype

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The Saab 98 Combi Combi Coupé Prototype was originally planned to be a coupe version of a sedan, based off of the SAAB 96, but the length of the SAAB 95 wagon.

This vehicle nomenclature of the 98 pronounced “ninety eight”, was decided on as it came after the last of the SAAB 97 series that ended the same year this project began, 1974. The internal project name of X14 was used by Saab’s chief designer of the project at the time, none other than Björn Envall.

saab 98 600 The Saab 98 Combi Coupe PrototypeThe other Saab Designer who assembled the Saab 98 was the Italian, Sergio Coggiola who previously designed the SAAB 97 Sonett III.

There were a number of vehicles built in 1975 as well as 1976, but the project was eventually abandoned as Saab at that time believed that they was not enough room in the global market for a vehicle between the Saab 95 and Saab 99.

The last remaining Saab 98 Combi Combi Coupé Prototype was in Sienna Brown and resides at the Saab Museum in Trollhättan, Sweden.

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Saab Designer Profile – Sergio Coggiola

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Sergio Coggiola, an Italian designer, created Coggiola Carrozziere Srl company in 1966 near Turin, Italy. A few years later, he was contracted to start working on two projects for the Saab Car Division of Saab-Scania.

The first project was the last of the Sonett 97 model line, the Saab Sonett III that was produced from 1970 until 1974.

The second project that was going to be produced, but ended up only as a prototype, was the Saab 98 Combi Coupé Prototype which was built in 1974, 1975 and 1976, although only one version exists today.

This experience with Saab led to a number of other projects after leaving Saab which included the Lancia Thema, a variation of the Saab 600, but both of these two projects eventually led to early designs of the Saab 9000 which began in 1978 and were eventually produced from 1985 until 1998.

For more information on Sergio Coggiola’s design, please visit his website directly to see his continued successes http://www.coggiola.com/

I leave you with a passage from the book, Alla SAABs Sportbilar by Björn Svallner about Sergio Coggiola’s Sonett III design.

coggiola Saab Designer Profile   Sergio Coggiola

Saab had turned to Italy’s Sergio Coggiola in the hope that he could give the Sonett a more attractive shape. Why go to an Italian designer? The answer is simple. Saab felt it would be a strength to be able to point to a big name and say that the lines had been dictated by a well known stylist from the country that led in car design – Italy.

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