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Former SAAB Owner Writes About First Encounters With 1957 SAAB 93

Posted on 09. Jan, 2009 by .

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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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The SAAB 93 GT750 : 1958 – 1960

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

In April of 1958, the Saab 93 GT750 (Gran Turismo) was introduced as a celebration to SAAB’s rally history.

The 93 GT750 was outfitted in both 93B and 93F models while featuring extra rally lights, chrome plated hubcaps as well as side moldings and GranTurismo emblems all around.

This model was the second production vehicle for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications:
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The SAAB 93F : 1959 – 1960

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

In late 1959 the 93F was introduced, following the 93B which featured front-hinged doors hence the designation of ‘F’ for front hinged doors.

The 93F marked the final year of production for the 93 and included the ability for SAAB to sell the remaining parts inventory prior to the new model launch.

This model was the second production vehicle for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications:
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The SAAB 93B : 1957 – 1959

Posted on 25. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

On September 2, 1957 the 93B as the successor to the SAAB 93 (ninety three). One of the most noticeable changes in this model included the former two-piece windshield being replaced with a one-piece windshield.

The SAAB 92b also began with an option of a two-point seatbelt.

This model was the second production vehicle for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications:
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