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Saab Enthusiast Converts 1970 SAAB 96 To Electric Power

Posted on 07. Jun, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: (Blaine T. Shahan/Sunday News)

Another Saab Enthusiast by the name of Brandon Hollinger of Pennsylvania, has converted his Saab to 100% Electric Power on his 1970 Saab 96 according to the Lancaster Times.

This a huge accomplishment and very inspiring, now being added to the ranks of Mark Ward with his former 1995 900 NG EV, Christen Johanssen with his 1972 SAAB 96 EV, Duke University’s 1972 Saab Sonett III EV and Walter Kern and his 1974 Saab Sonett III EV.

Are there other Saab EV projects in the works, if so please contact Saab History to tell us about it. Way to Go Brandon!

I encourage you to read his piece below, with a nice video in addition to the photos directly on the article.

This past winter, Brandon Hollinger decided to save on gas by removing the fuel tank from his 1970 Saab.

He also went ahead and pulled the engine.

In their places went a 9-inch electric motor and 16 six-volt lead-acid batteries.

Brandon Hollinger’s electric Saab

The result: a plump-fendered classic that whisks quietly down the street, turning heads, sparking questions.

It’s the reaction Hollinger had been hoping for.

He wants people to know that electrics are six times more efficient than gasoline-powered cars.

He wants them to know that electrics accelerate snappily and can handle easily the day-to-day driving needs of the average motorist.

He wants to un-kill the electric car.

In fact, he said, it was the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” that set him on his quest.

The film convinced him that Detroit was dragging its feet launching new-generation electrics. So he decided to construct one himself.

There was one hitch.

The 35-year-old Lancaster man is a professional musician, not a Tappet brother [of the column, “Car Talk]. He was vaguely interested in mechanical stuff. But he’d never read a schematic in his life.

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Saab Automobile France Launch Saab 9-3x This Weekend

Posted on 07. Jun, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile France

It looks like Saab Automobile France have launched the Saab 9-3x in their market at a Parisian garden in the heart of Paris this past weekend, emphasizing sustainable development can co-exist in nature.

The focus of this 9-3x launch will consist of their E-85 BioPower Engine range.

Saab introduced the Scandinavian garden from 5 to 7 June at “Gardens, Garden.”

* The Swedish first present the Saab 9-3X in the middle of pure nature.

Saab is now for the third consecutive year to “Garden Garden” (from 5 to 7 June 2009 at the Parc des Tuileries, Paris), the event ephemeral Parisian garden in the heart of Paris where the red wire is sustainable development.

The Saab stand, designed by Bruno Fortuner, landscape architect of the Jardins de Gally, presents its latest model, the Saab 9-3X, at every turn in a whole declined in white and transparency: the white pots and the cosmos, the transparency of water and mirrors, the color symbolic of Scandinavia. The presented car, the Saab 9-3 X first Cross-Hatch (all paths) flex-fuel, changes in the white world without degradation, trace its path in the flowers without damaging them, because it has a BioPower engine that works E85 fuel, consisting of 85% ethanol from the distillation plant. This technological choice justifies the presence of the Swedish manufacturer, which was entirely in line with the philosophy of “Gardens, Garden” event held itself in the heart of a metropolis.

Bruno Fortuner, Jardins de Gally: white, symbol of purity

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1983 Saab 900 Friction Tester Restoration Update

Posted on 22. Apr, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: GM Heritage Collection

As a follow-up to the folks that manage the GM Heritage Collection, I thought I would inquire about the 1983 Saab 900 Friction Tester acquired back on December 4th, 2007 from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York.

The photo above has been kindly provided to Saab History as you can see it is all but complete needing those side rub strips on the fenders and door panels at this time, it looks like it turned out quite well don’t you think? I’d love to see what the inside looks like, particularly the restoration of the electronics, etc.!

Here are the full specifications and details of this vehicle from the original ebay posting back on December 4th, 2007.

Year: 1983
Model: Saab 900
Body: 3-Door Hatchback
Transmission: Manual
Interior: Blue

Saab Friction Tester History

This unique car, used specifically for road surface testing in Airports, this special factory built vehicle was used by the Greater Niagara International Airport, Located in Buffalo, NY. This vehicle was purchased new by the airport and was kept in storage in the maintenance garage until it was needed for service.

It has hardly seen any on the road use, and used mainly for running up and down the tarmac, checking surface conditions. Sometimes the Saab would be used for general purpose running around, but since the rear seat is replaced by a 400 liter water holding tank, it was impractical to use as a passenger vehicle.

Saab Friction tester specifications (quoted from several sources)

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Former SAAB Owner Writes About First Encounters With 1957 SAAB 93

Posted on 09. Jan, 2009 by .


As we know the SAAB 93was the first model to be imported into the United States back in late 1956 as a 1957 model year. The SAAB 93, was recently mentioned from a blogger about a personal experience!

This must be the first time EVER, that I have heard someone using this technological medium to discuss a vintage vehicle like this within the Saab community. I am so utterly impressed that they remembered their experience in Massachusetts with the SAAB 93 with such detail.

I am also pleased that this memory was trigged from listening to one of my favorite shows on National Public Radio, Click & Clack’s “Car Talk”, which is also based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I wonder if they ever ran into Kurt Vonnegut at SAAB Cape Cod given that they referenced that region?

Anyways, here is their full account of the SAAB 93 republished with permission from author:

I was listening to Click and Clack (a car repair talk show) on public radio last Saturday and one of their comments made me think about a car I once owned. A 1957 SAAB 93.

For those of you who are not familiar with this classic car from Sweden, the SAAB 93 was a two stroke, three cylinder contraption that was made with left over engines from light aircraft.
When you filled up the gas tank you also poured a quart of oil in with the gas.

It did have a few quirks. One being the engine could run in either direction, and one being when you coasted you could disconnect the engine from the drive train altogether, put the shift in reverse and engage the engine. The car still ran forward, but with only one speed, reverse gear. It would back up with three speeds however. For someone not familiar with this quirk it could get mighty confusing.

When I had my SAAB 93 it was pretty much a beater already. Ran good, well as good as any other SAAB 93 ran, and the heater worked! You had two heat settings, off and on. When it was off you froze. When it was on your feet caught fire.

I had taken the car to Massachusetts to visit my cousin. It was mid winter and I found the Saab handled pretty good in the snow. After being there for a day or so I discovered that there were several SAAB 93 in that town. What gives with that?

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GM Begs Congress For A No Strings Handout, Again

Posted on 17. Nov, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

General Motors continues to begs congress for yet another “no-strings” handout, Again

The leadership within GM continues to prove, year after year that they are not committed to solving any actual problems.

In the latest assault to our intelligence, Weber Shandwick a contractor for GM has put together a proganda video clearly created to instill fear, uncertainty and doubt across the country in order to get normal hard working people to spend time out of their day to contact their local state and federal representatives to save GM?

The exploitation of the public today through GM is at its all time worst, and what really gets me is that GM has no problem asking for no-string handouts from us, the tax payers, of course with nothing in return, just squandering more money, more empty promises and a continued barrage of lip service on how they are really making a difference.

The writing on the wall is that GM is done regardless of an actual bailout coming to fruition, and we need to move quickly to ensure that GM stays that way if we want society to move ahead. When GM dies, people will loose jobs, there’s no doubt of that, but we’re in a new sustainable movement today and if people in the transportation sector loose their jobs in unsustainable career options, what would be the problem if they gain new positions as a result that are more economically sustainable in same field?

Take the new proposition 1A in California for instance, which is a new sustainable “high speed rail” project which will take approximately 20-years to complete at the cost of $40 billion, opposed to $80 for renovations to existing automobile infrastructure. It requires no oil nor gas, does not pollute and even gets its power via electricity from wind turbines. If those detroit auto workers loose their jobs, why not get them back into the railroad industry, its more environmentally sustainable and thus economically sustainable.

The fact is, this country had its first strong boost of economic growth with the inception of the railroad and many of those workers, ended up moving into the automobile industry a generation later due to cheap oil, so why not reverse the trend back by moving people from the automotive industry to the high speed rail industry given that we now realize the mistakes we’ve made? Let’s pick up where we left off and move ahead. Did you know that General Motors actually built locomotives back in the day? If they did it befeore, they can do it again..it just takes some actual intelligent foresight to see the light..with new leadership..maybe that will happen some day in order to save the company.

Sustainability is the future folks, the faster all industries get on board, the better we’ll all be as the slow and resistant to change will of course meet their inevitable demise much like GM, Ford and Chrysler is seeing today as a result.

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The Saab 9-3 Viggen History

Posted on 03. Sep, 2008 by .




Photo & Video Credits: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-3 “Viggen” was derived from the SAAB JA-37 Viggen jet fighter. Viggen means The Thunderbolt in Swedish, derived from the Norse god Thor’s warhammer Mjollner.

As we know, the 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen began as the Saab 900 Concept Coupe in 1995.

It took a whole four years later for the engineering of that concept coupe to be unveiled to the public at the the New York Auto Show in March of 1999.

Peter Leonard, leader of Saab’s SVO team said that “we wanted to give the 9-3 Viggen a strong individuality, a personality of its own that was evident in everything from the external styling to the instrumentation. In addition, the car had to deliver the comfort and feel of driving a high-performance car. It was a design challenge that we relished.”

The Saab 9-3 Viggen’s drag co-efficient was 0.31, and the feel both inside and out of an aircraft cockpit was evident.

The first model year MY1999 for the Saab Viggen and its body continued to be manufactured at Saab’s factory in Trollhattan, Sweden, then shipped in a climate controlled, sealed container to Uusikaupunki, Finland for painting and final assembly at the Valmet Automotive plant.

The painting of the first two years of the Saab 9-3 Viggen, were appropriately colored in “lightening blue”, paying homage to the significance of the “thunderbolt” name.

That same year, the Saab Viggen Flight Academy was created in Road Atlanta, near Saab Automobile USA’s former headquarters in Norcross, Georgia.

The Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe went on sale with only 400 distributed to Saab dealerships in May of 1999.

The next year, Model Year 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible and 5-door versions arrived in showrooms during the fall of the same year. Only a limited number of 2,500 Saab 9-3 Viggen models were initially produced annually for a global market.

The Saab 9-3 Viggen model continued until model year 2002, when it ended due to the production of the 9-3 hatchback body style ending.

The Saab 900 Concept Coupe was the prototype for the Saab 9-3 Viggen as we know it back in 1995, a full four years prior to the public seeing it at auto shows and also available in dealerships around the world.

The Viggen has to be without question the best example of a spiritual successor to one of SAAB’s aircraft, the SAAB JA-37 Viggen, given that it was in name and theory 100% “born from jets”.

Here is the original press release in full outlining the specifications beginning with a video:


For Immediate Release Contact: Elke Martin Kevin Smith



Aircraft-inspired Viggen targets Saab enthusiasts with a strong taste for torque Norcross, GA – Saab made its U.S. debut at the New York Auto Show in the spring of 1956. It was there that Saab exhibited its first high performance sports car ”the Sonett Super Sport prototype, a race-bred Saab still revered by Saab enthusiasts today. Since then, Saab has continued to develop limited edition performance legends, cars like the aerodynamic 900 Turbo SPG and 9000 Aero, which combined full-boost turbo engines, sport suspension and modlfcations with an aggressive stance.

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