Tag Archives: Saab 9-3 Viggen

For Sale: Saab History Collection Of 1:43 Scale Models

Posted on 10. Nov, 2009 by .


Saab History is offering up a full collection of 1:43 scale models from 1947 until Present.

This model collection has been built up over the past five years and now it is time to give it up to a good home as a complete set.

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The 2009 Saab Owners Convention Begins Today

Posted on 13. Aug, 2009 by .


Today marks the first day of the 2009 Saab Owners Convention at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado.

I have not heard back from anyone who has arrived yet, however, I did manage to find this great web cam at the resort.

As you can see from the camera, we’re seeing the Saab USA Heritage Collection cars, beginning with the 1956 Sonett I, the 1964 SAAB 95, the 1952 SAAB 92, the 1978 Saab 99 Turbo and the 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen all being set up out front of the main base lodge area.

Update: Now, you can see the 2010 Saab 9-3x Cross-Combi in Pepper Green added to the center of all of the heritage collection cars. This is the same vehicle that debuted at the New York Auto Show that I filmed back in April thanks to Cherry Hill Saab. I guess there won’t be test drives available in the 9-3x if it’s going to be on permanent static display with the heritage collection.

I have included this live web cam on this page in addition to the lower left-hand column underneath the SOC logo for people to see things develop in real-time, over the course of the weekend.

Here is the schedule for opening day:

Any Time……….Observatory Tour – Self guided Allow 5 hours – Fee at Ranger Station……….Mt Evans
All Day……….Get aquainted with Copper Mountain, Frisco, Breckenridge, Dillon, Keystone & Silverthorne – See Copper Event Schedule……….Summit Stage
Any Time……….Saab Scenic Drives………. See Map
NOON……….Support Team & Volunteers Meeting……….Registration Room
NOON ……….Car Wash Opens Copper……….Athletic Club
NOON ……….Registration Opens……….Village Square
NOON-4:00 PM……….Reverse Steering Car……….Chapel Lot
NOON……….Silent Auction Opens……….Registration Room
3:45 PM……….Volunteers & Support Team Meeting……….Registration
6:00 PM……….Registration Closes……….Village Square
7:00-10:00 PM………. Welcome Band – Deja Blu – Live Music……….West Lake

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Saab Enthusiast Showcases Saab 9-3 Viggen In Vermont

Posted on 27. Jan, 2009 by .


A Saab enthusiast has recently put together a really well done video showcasing the abilities of the Saab 9-3 Viggen.

This time instead of New Hampshire, this owner shot footage in the beautiful hill country of Vermont.

I wonder if he ever got the chance to experience the Viggen Flight Academy, because he really knows how this car handles!

I just heard from Austin, the person in the film with some background as to why the produced it, etc.

“Thanks for the compliments. The Hotcars.com story is rather long, but basically we were shooting several different videos for the site. In essence, we were trying to create a “show” for the site, but our timing was pretty bad given the economy and the show never took off.

The car was not mine, it belonged to the narrator, Elias. I will probably put you in touch with him, as he is the Saab guy (he almost talked me into a Viggen, but the AWD of the STI was too alluring…). ”

– Austin

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Saab 9-3 Viggen W/O XWD ‘Cross-Wheel Drive’ Ad

Posted on 22. Dec, 2008 by .


There has not been a cross-wheel drive ad in some time, so I thought it was about time to just create my own.
In the 30-second spot above, I created it using a Saab 9-3 Viggen that of course does not have XWD. I chose a Viggen because it, much like the Turbo-X, it is also high performance car. The Viggen compared to the Turbo-X, however had a tremendous amount of torque steer, so I thought it would be appropriate to show that without cross-wheel drive, having a vehicle without it in bad weather conditions such as this, would not be as safe as having XWD.
The idea is to show just how much an all-wheel drive system is needed in inclimate weather, just think what would a Viggen have driven like if it had XWD?
If you are interested in test-driving a Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan or Sport Combi with XWD and live in the North East Region or North West Region of the United States, please visit site sponsors Shaw Saab of Norwell, MA, Cherry Hill Saab, JMK Saab in New Jersey, or Garry Small Saab of Portland, Oregon.
A test drive now on real snow, would be the perfect time to truly experience cross-wheel drive at its best.

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Saab Enthusiast Showcases Saab 9-3 Viggen

Posted on 23. Oct, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Zach Wallace

A Saab enthusiast has just provided Saab History with a wonderful photo of his Saab 9-3 Viggen to showcase here on Saab History.

I really like this photo for many reasons, especially with how the Viggen has been kept original including those wheels!

If you have a photo that inspires you of your Saab, please submit it to Saab History here for others to view around the world!

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1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen – Saab USA Heritage Collection

Posted on 03. Sep, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: GM Heritage Collection

The Saab USA Heritage Collection has recently acquired a pristine 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen in Lightening Blue from a private sale in Florida with less than 500 miles on the odometer.

The first showing of this acquisition took place at the recent 2008 Saab Owners Convention in Devens, Massachusetts from August 21st through the 24th, 2008.

It is great to see the Saab USA Heritage Collection growing and growing! If you are interested in checking out the rest of the Saab USA Heritage Collection, please click on this link to scroll through them all!

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The Saab 900 Concept Coupe

Posted on 02. Sep, 2008 by .



Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

The original idea of the Saab 9-3 Viggen was conceived in October 1994 by Saab Automobile AB’s Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) team led by a Peter Leonard and the Oxfordshire, England-based TWR Group.

viggen_prototype_seats.jpgAt the time, the TWR Group was owned by an individual by the name of Tom Walkinshaw. Walkinshaw, who had a long racing background which has evolved the company into one of Europe’s foremost design and engineering houses, specializing in high-performance tuning.

It was apparently understood that the performance and tuning of the project came from the TWR group and the design and styling from Saab Automobile’s SVO team.

Once the project scope was ready, both the SVO and TWR teams started to engineer a high performance variation of a Saab 900 model in late 1995, which had its global debut at the 1996 Geneva Auto Show, then its North American debut alongside a blue convertible concept variation at the New York Auto Show.

These two models were shown in the February 1996 issue of Saab Magazine, and as a result of the world debuts of both concept vehicles, the feedback was extremely positive with both SVO concept cars.

viggen_prototype_rear.jpgThe Saab 900 Concept Coupe featured a high-output turbocharged engine, heavily modified performance chassis, new aerodynamic ground effects, front and rear spoilers, a large wing, 17-inch light alloy three spoke wheels. The drivetrain had a maximum of 250 horsepower with 257 ft.-lbs of torque.

The exclusive paint job was as stunning on the exterior as it was on the interior, with special designed leather upholstery, matching door trim, leather covered steering wheel and gear shifter.

The go ahead began on a limited basis for production in the third quarter of 1997, as 1998 model year Saab 9-3s at the Valmet plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

Nearly two years continued designing and engineering, and testing 900 Concept Coupe prototypes by the newly created SVO team from 1997 until 1999.

By 1999, the the 900 Concept Coupe was designated at as Saab 9-3 “Viggen”. Viggen means The Thunderbolt in Swedish, derived from the Norse god Thor’s warhammer Mjölner. 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.

The Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe went on sale in very limited number of Saab dealerships in May of 1999. 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”.

Source: Saab Automobile AB Press Kit, Valmet Automotive and Abbott Racing

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SAAB SK-37 Viggen Jet To Arrive In The United States

Posted on 02. Sep, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

As many of us have heard during the Saturday night banquet at the 2008 Saab Owners Convention, there will be an original SAAB SK-37 Viggen (two-seater) arriving in the United States this fall.

The aircraft will be upon arrival, located in Stow, Massachusetts, the same state where SAAB Motors Inc, had their first port of origin at the Collings Foundation.

The SAAB SK-37 Viggen, based off of the attack version of the JA-37 Viggen, was a two-seater version of the Viggen with some other modifications that were made to accomodate the new seating arrangement, including a periscope for the co-pilot.

Viggen means The Thunderbolt in Swedish, derived from the Norse god Thor’s warhammer Mjölner.

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