Archive for '99'

Saab Sighting Of The Week "1977 Saab EMS Barn Find"

Posted on 26. Jan, 2010 by .


Photo Credit: James Dale

This week’s Saab sighting of the week comes from James Dale, the one who recently purchased a beautiful 1993 Saab 900 CE from Swedish Motor Cars.

He’s provided us a photo of an extremely impressive “barn find” in Canada. This vehicle is a 1977 Saab 99 EMS with 55,000 original miles on it!

I guess the deal with these “barn finds” are just as legend has it, you find them in some old barn, virtually untouched and need only minor work with with extremely low mileage. I can’t believe there are still “barn finds” for Saabs here in North America as Scandinavia is another story.

Great job James! Glad that you got your Brother to buy it! Here’s the rest of the story by James:

I responded to an ad on the weekend stating There was a 1977 EMS for sale- no photo included. I answered the ad and drove about 60 miles out with my brother to see it. Met this kind gentleman who opened a barn up to reveal this gem perfectly preserved ems. He supplied his original receipt for $8,300.00 Canadian dollars off the Saab showroom floor. He bought it when he was 32. I made my brother buy it and we drove it home. We cannot believe this gem with full service records was sitting in this Barn waiting ­ 55,000 miles on it- he loved it so much he wanted to preserve it. We assured it was going to a good home. 4000.00 canadian ­ We are still pinching ourselves.

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Former Saab USA Employee Tom Letourneau Shares With Saab History His Restored & Modified 1979 Saab 99

Posted on 06. May, 2009 by .


Photo Credits: Tom Letourneau

Tom Letourneau of Providence, Rhode Island, a former Saab-Scania of America employee worked for almost a decade as a district parts sales manager in Orange, Connecticut from 1980 to 1989, has kindly provided Saab History a nice account of his restored & heavily modified 1979 Saab 99 GL 2-door.

This Saab 99, had a color coordinated european air flow kit installed, then it was converted to a Saab 900S Twin Cam 16-Valve engine and 5-speed transmission in the mid nineties!

A sincere thank you to Tom Letourneau, your enthusiasm is evident and your kindness in providing this material is much appreciated.

Here is a writeup in the Providence Journal thanks again to Tom.

CUMBERLAND Tom Letourneau’s 1979 Saab 99 hardly looks its age.

In addition to its modest size and modernist design, the car is armed with a Euro AirFlow Kit that, with its lower body panels, front scoop and spoilers plus Shelby American Mag Wheels, gives it an updated tuner look.

But the AirFlow package dates back nearly 30 years when Letourneau, who worked for Saab at the time, said he and others convinced the company to import a show car.

However, Saab decided not to import the package and Letourneau acquired the car after it had done its turn as a demonstration and executive model.

Letourneau then took it a step further — after his son had blown out the engine — by installing a 16-valve twin-cam engine with a five-speed transmission that he picked up from a Saab dealer in Maine.

“George Siegmund of South County Motors helped me fabricate it,” he said in an interview at his house. “It’s the only one like it in the country.”

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Saab-Scania “22 Minutes & 22 Seconds” Promotional Film

Posted on 28. Jan, 2009 by .


The Saab-Scania promotional film made in 1979 titled “22 Minutes & 22 Seconds” has now been converted and is available to watch here online. This film was able to be converted thanks to the Rocky Mountain Saab Club’s (RMSC) extremely kind donation recently. The RMSC provided everything that Saab History needed in order to meet the financial goals in concluding the first phase of the “Saab Film Project“. This additional to the Saab Video archive will be the three hundred and fifteenth addition to the archive since it was launched over a year ago.

The film you are about to see is certainly a unique mix featururing footage of Scania, SAAB Aerospace as well as SAAB Automobile. The variety of footage of these industries that were all a part of Saab-Scania AB at the time include manufacturing, testing, development, design, promotional clips, out takes and a number of other bits that I think you will find particularly unique and rather interesting.

Please enjoy the film and post your comments below.

Saab-Scania – 22 Minutes & 22 Seconds, 1979

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Help Car Magazine Vote For The Saab 99 Turbo!

Posted on 26. Jan, 2009 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

I have just received a hot tip that Car Magazine is looking to vote for the best “hot hatch” of all time. In their list of nearly 50 makes and models to choose from, the Saab 99 Turbo is listed and at this point is almost holding its own with a near majority of votes.

Please visit their website and vote for the Saab 99 Turbo, to ensure it’s the winner. The poll ends February 1st, so please send this around to everyone you know!

Update: The Saab 99 is still the leader, but a close second from a Lancia Delta may take the lead, so please cast your votes between now and February 1st, to ensure that the Saab 99 makes it to the “hottest hatch’ at Car Magazine’s poll!

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The Saab 99 Combi Coupe : 1974 – 1978

Posted on 29. Nov, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile:

The Saab 99 Combi Coupe or Wagonback as it was initially referred to in the U.S. arrived in 1974 following the Saab 98 prototype while it took on the additional characteristics of the 99.

The Saab 99 Combi Coupe was designed by Bjorn Envall and was produced in Uusikaupunki, Finland as well as Trollhattan, Sweden.

The Saab 99 Combi Coupe was a hatchback and known as the Wagonback in the U.S. and was Saab’s first designer, Sixton Sason’s final project of the 99, to be produced.

This model set the history books as the first true “hatchback” for Saab and the first model is on display today at the Saab Car Museum.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 99 : 1969 – 1984

Posted on 28. Nov, 2008 by .



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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Saab 99 Television Ad U.K. Titled “Ghost” – 1974

Posted on 07. Nov, 2008 by .


I have just received the 1974 Saab 99 Television ad from the United Kingdom titled “Ghost”, enjoy!

A thank you for everyone who has contributed to getting this film converted for others to enjoy as part of the “Saab Film Project” here on Saab History.

This ad brings the total Saab History video archive to 438 total films!

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Saab History Needs Help Converting 70’s Saab 99 TV Ad

Posted on 14. Oct, 2008 by .



Saab History has recently acquired a 3rd installment for the Saab Film Project that was last updated on November 7th, 2007.

The Saab History film project needs your help in transferring a 1970’s Saab 99 TV Ad to digital format.

This super rare film, made for the United States features a Saab 99 titled “Ghost”that runs for 30 seconds, filmed sometime during the 1970’s. There are not many films in the 1970’s section of the Saab History film archive, so this will be another special addition to this section.

I am looking for some donations for the film production cost to have this 8mm transferred to dvd, and should have the cost figured out early next week as it’s very short. I will be using the same format of “telecine” to convert it as before, so we can ensure it’s quality is preserved in both audio and video.

This just in, the cost from the conversion company:


Here is a pricing breakdown.

16mm minimum transfer order: $50.
1 DVD: $10
Flat rate shipping by FedEx Ground or Priority Mail (you can specify
either one): $10

Total $70.00

If everyone of you donate just $1.00, we’d have enough! Please click on this button to donate.

* Please note, you do not need a paypal account to pay, credit card works.

In the meantime, it’s really nice to be able to save another extremely vintage Saab television ad on 8mm from the trash, and keep it here on the Saab History Video Archive for generations to enjoy!

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