Tag Archives: Cape Cod

Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-3 Convertible

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Ross

Saab History frequenter Ross in Bridgeton, Maine has recently submitted a photo of a Saab sighting from a visit to Provincetown in Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the summer of 2009.

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"Save Saab" Campaign Sends Strong Message To GM HQ

Posted on 05. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab History

I want to say, today was from what everyone that attending including the press have said, a great success. We had over 50 people attend which is phenomenal, and over 20 press members from local and national interviewing us.

Everyone that attended included folks from Cape Cod & Hingham, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Wisconsin and as far away as Iowa! The true Saab spirit really was well represented and you could feel it.

The folks at GM were very supportive of this initiative today and despite the weather, we all hung out outside in the parking lot with the GM world headquarters as our backdrop for nearly 2 hours in the blistering cold and snowy weather to send our message.

The message we believed we were successful in sending was for GM to “Sell Saab”. We hope that the press coverage will be as positive as it can be in covering this event.

The job is not yet done as there is one last remaining aspect to the “Save Saab” campaign and that is for GM to Sell Saab.

It was clear today that they got our message, now they just need to do the right thing and complete the deal.

More to come!

The “Save Saab” initiative

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Saab History Welcomes Shaw Saab As Sponsor

Posted on 30. Jul, 2008 by .

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Shaw Saab, a well known and respected Saab dealer in New England has joined Saab History as a site sponsor.

Shaw Saab now located in a new facility in Norwell, Massachusetts, originally had a dealership in Hingham, Massachusetts just in front of the port where the first SAAB 93bs arrived the United States back in 1956.

Please welcome Shaw Saab in continuing to support Saab’s History as an exclusive Saab Dealership in New England.
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SAAB Cape Cod – Kurt Vonnegut’s dealership photos

Posted on 23. Apr, 2007 by .

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As a follow-up to the previous posting that featured an advertisement from SAAB Cape Cod, I have provided some incredible photography that brings this SAAB & Kurt Vonnegut affiliation mystery, closer to fact than fiction.

In an effort to uncover more information about the SAAB dealership known as SAAB Cape Cod, an individual in the West Barnstable area of Cape Cod, Massacchusetts has recently provided some wonderful present day photographs for us to enjoy.

I also understand that some vintage photography will be coming our way shortly, so please check back often.

Thank you Mark for your investigative photo journalism.

What: SAAB Cape Cod

Who: Kurt Vonnegut, Sales Manager

When: 1957 – 1961

Where: Route 6A- Main Street- in West Barnstable, Massachusetts (USA) near the intersection with Parker Street (and Plum Street).

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Photo Credit: Mark

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Photo Credit: Mark

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Photo Credit: Mark

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Photo Credit: Mark

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SAAB-Cape Cod – New England Telephone Ad – 1957

Posted on 18. Apr, 2007 by .

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As a follow-up to the story that I have covered earlier on the SAAB dealership that Kurt Vonnegut was a Sales Manager at, I have recently received some information from the folks at the W.B. Nickerson library at the Cape Cod Community College. This image is a scan of the SAAB-Cape Cod dealership from the 1957 New England Telephone directory. This advertisement effectively confirms that 1957 is the year that the SAAB-Cape Cod was believed to have started by the recent comments of Saab historian and former editor of the Saab Club Magazine, Nines, Tim Winker.

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SAAB Cape Cod – Kurt Vonnegut’s dealership

Posted on 15. Apr, 2007 by .

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As a follow-up to the story on Kurt Vonnegut’s passing this past week, I have been able to find some more information about the location of this dealership. There are now two pieces of information that confirm the location and the year the dealership was in existance (1958) by a recent comment by Mark Bourbeau. Here is an excerpt from his comments.

My father, an artist and friend of Vonnegut’s at the time, worked with him in the Saab Dealership. It was a shoestring operation, and only lasted a short time, but was located in what I think was the old West Barnstable fire station on Route 6A, which is still there

It also appears from the letterhead that is illustrated in Vonnegut’s “A Man Without A Face” novel, that SAAB Cape Cod was located on Route 6A, W. Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Now all we need are some original vintage photographs and in the meantime, a photograph showing this location at this fire station.

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Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

Posted on 12. Apr, 2007 by .

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200px-vonnegut12.jpgNovelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84 years old. One of his most notable novels includes Slaughterhouse-Five. Outside of writing, Kurt Vonnegut found himself during a short period of time working as a SAAB salesman by running a Cape Code automobile dealership in West Barnstable, Massachusetts called “SAAB Cape Cod”.

I am currently looking for the years he ran SAAB Cape Cod along with any photographs of that dealership.

Update: With a few quick calls to Hyannis Saab and the local West Barnstable Library, both in Cape Cod, Massacchusetts, I have heard that no one was familiar with a dealership in that area at that time. If someone could shed some more light on this, I would appreciate it.

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