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

Posted on 10. Nov, 2009 by .

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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 28 Year History Of The Saab Hatchback (1974-2002)

Posted on 29. Jul, 2009 by .

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The Saab 99 Combi Coupe (1974-1978)

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The first Saab hatchback came into production as a 1974 model year Saab 99, known as the “Combi Coupe “. 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 also known as the Wagonback in the U.S. and was Saab’s first designer, Sixton Sason’s, final project. The hatch system, when open, had a platform that had a flush continuation right to the bumper. 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 had a five year run until it was transitioned into the next model in the lineage.

The Saab 900 Hatchback (1979-1993)

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The classic Saab 900 or C900 as it is also known, was that next model in the lineage which not only took on similar design characteristics of the 99’s hatchback, it also came in two variations of the hatchback, one being a 3-door coupe, the other being a 5-door sedan. The hatch system was identical to that of the 99, where the platform was flush to the bumper and the seats folded back for a large storage compartment. It did have an optional wiper arm to be affixed to the hatch on certain years. It was the C900 that became the highest selling Saab of all time, and the hatchback itself outselling every other model to this very day. The Saab 900 continued in hatchback form until 1993, when it was replaced with its successor.

The Saab 9000 Hatchback (1985-1992)

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The Saab 9000 was a jointly developed project with Fiat & Saab allowed and was the first ever premium mid-sized sedan that was ever produced for the company. The first variant of this model range was the hatchback, which had a three piece glass frame effect, initially with a wrap-around spoiler for the first year. Then the following year, the spoiler was reduced to single spoiler. Beneath the spoiler the rear panel was clean with no lights except for those that illuminated the license plate. Unlike the 900, when the hatch system was open, there was no flush platform to the bumper, it was raised and added depth to the hatch opening. The seats in the Saab 9000 included the ability to fold down completely flat with two twist out brackets and stay clips for a flush platform, without the need for the rear seat rests to be removed. This model’s hatchback system was almost identical for 8 solid years.

The Saab NG900 (1994-1998)

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The new generation 900, sometimes referred to as NG or GM 900, replaced the previous model maintaining a hatchback although in a new form. This model in both 3-door and 5-door configurations once again like the C900, however it’s hatchback system was a continuation of what was exhibited in the non-flush platform as depicted in the 9000. The seats could fold down as well, although they would not lie completely flat. The addition of a wiper arm was also standard on both variants of this model. The NG900 was in production for 5 years much like the first hatchback from 1994 until 1998 when it was replaced.


The Saab 9000 CS Hatchback (1993-1998)

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In 1993, the previous Saab 9000 was updated to the 9000 CS body style and with that update, its hatchback was also redesigned which included almost a wrap-around rear window including the addition of a wiper arm and continuous tail light cluster as well. The seats in the Saab 9000 included the ability to fold down completely flat with two twist out brackets for a flush platform, however the retaining clips to hold them were removed, and unlike the previous 9000, the head rests were larger and therefore needed to be removed before folding down. This model continued for 6 years. 1998 was the last year the Saab 9000 hatchback.

The Saab 9-3 (1999-2002)

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The Saab 9-3 was the last Saab to this very day to have been designed and ultimately produced in a hatchback form, again continuing both variations of a 3-door coupe as well as a 5-door hatchback. This model looked similar to the predecessor, although it had much more refinements. The seats could fold down just as well as the NG900 model, and they too would not lie completely flat. This model concluded in 2002, effectively ending 28 years of hatchbacks for Saab Automobile.

The Saab NG 9-3 (2012- ? )

The next generation Saab 9-3, touted as the “93” harkening back to Saab’s second model introduction back in 1955 is indicated to offer a hatchback. This model will effectively pick up where Saab left off in 2002 when the hatchback was ended, a decade earlier.

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International Saab Club Meeting 2008

Posted on 10. Aug, 2008 by .

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saablatvia.jpgThe International Saab Club Meeting took place this past weekend in the Cesis district in Latvia on August 7th-9th 2008.

The Saab Club of Latvia did an incredible job in advertising the meeting during last year’s 60th Anniversary Saab Festival in Sweden from the 7th through the 10th of June, 2007. From a huge distribution of flyers at the Saab Festival Dinner, to a website launch, as well as proper signage displayed on a number of Saab Club of Latvia cars, namely the Saab 9-5 pictured here, their presence was certainly known and their anticipating of the meeting, quite remarkeable.

Here is a brief quote from their website:

Dear SAAB friends,

We invite all SAAB enthusiasts from around the world to take part in the 26th International SAAB Club Meeting, on 8,9, and 10 August 2008, in the Cesis district of Latvia.

This year is very important for us because the Latvian SAAB Club has its 10th Anniversary.

Our main idea is to meet SAAB friends in a large camping place where all SAAB enthusiasts can spend an interesting and rewarding time together.

And, as we see SAAB cars not only as a cult objects, but also as cars for active people, the meeting will be at the camping place Mezrozes, Cesu district. Mezrozes is situated 100 km north-east from the capital Riga and 15 km from the town Cesis.

Cesis is the town with more than a 800-year-old history, picturesque landscape and numerous cultural activities.

Preliminary Program:

Friday, August 8, 2008
Morning: Meeting and check-in at the Mezrozes camping.
Afternoon: Check–in and a sightseeing route.
Evening: Official opening of the “26th International SAAB Club Meeting 2008” and a Grill Party.

Saturday, August 9, 2008
Morning: International SAAB Rally 2008, a tour with special tasks but without complicated orienteering (for locals, of course 🙂 ).
Afternoon: You may still be on the tour, maybe not 🙂
Voting for the SAAB Beauty contest.
Evening: Buffet Diner with entertainment. Prizes and Special Prizes. Saturday night SAAB Disco. Sauna, smoke sauna, lake, pool.

Sunday, August 10, 2008
Late morning: Late breakfast.
SAAB market.
SAAB Beauty Contest award ceremony.
Afternoon: Closing of the Meeting.

One weekend for us is too short a time to meet SAAB friends again and show our hospitality. Yes, we want to show you more!

So the Latvian SAAB club invite you to join other SAAB friends during 3-day event before International Meeting 2008 when we want to show you just a little part of the nice place called Latvia and spend time together with other SAAB enthusiasts.

For more information on this event, please visit their website directly at www.intsaab2008.com

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Saab History On The 2008 Saab Owners Convention

Posted on 23. Jul, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

The 2008 Saab Owners Convention is just 29 days away, and takes place at Devens Commons, now a partially-retired United States Army base approximately 1 hour West of Boston, Massachusetts on August 21st through the 24th.

I find this year’s event an appropriate location taking place on such a milestone year for the Saab Automobile brand, Saab USA, the Saab Owners Conventions as well as for me and my family:

The following are some notables reflecting these milestones:

* The first SAABs imported into the United States in 1956, took place at an old Navy port in Hingham, Massachusetts.

* Massachusetts, within New England, is the largest market for Saab Automobile USA to this day.

* This year marks the 30th anniversary since the debut of the 1978 Saab 99 Turbo for Saab Automobile, which is why you will see this Saab Owners Convention maintaining this theme throughout the weekend.

* I started the New England Saab Association in Massachusetts almost 10 years ago, and this year they are helping to plan the 2008 Saab Owners Convention.

* The highest performing Saab 9-3 Turbo-X had its North American debut in Boston, Massachusetts in November which also included a sequel this past May in Boston, Massachusetts again for a Turbo-X test drive.

* As for me, I grew up in Massachusetts, and quite interestingly enough, my family all owned our first Saabs here since the early 1970’s including the Ninety Nine EMS, a Ninety Six as well as a number of Nine Hundreds and Nine Thousands. This will be my first Saab Owners Convention in Massachusetts, so this is an important pilgrimage to make.

* This is the 10th year since meeting my fiancee in 1998 in none other than a 1987 Saab 900 S 3-door in cirrus white. This year I am pleased to say that we’ll both be attending this convention in none other than an upgraded throwback to our first date, a 1992 Saab 900 Turbo 3-door 5-speed, again in “cirrus white”.

* This year is not only the 18th year of ownership of General Motors of the Saab Automobile brand, but it’s also 18 years since the last time there was a Saab Owners Convention in Massachusetts (1990 – Sturbridge, MA).

As you can see, there is a lot to reflect on at a global, national and local level at this year’s 2008 Saab Owners Convention, so “find your own road” to Devens, Massachusetts this August!

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Saab History Launches Research Service

Posted on 17. Jul, 2008 by .

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Saab History Research Services

I have been receiving a lot of inquiries over the years and an increasingly amount lately, and some of which have required a significant amount of my time, so I have decided that it makes sense to finally launch a research service for those requests.

Saab History is now offering services to research Saab material past & present in a cost-effective manner for journalists, publications, media sources, enthusiasts, owners and those with a general interest in all things, Saab.

The following areas of concentration are what have typically been requested over the years:

* Products
* Company
* Advertising
* Manufacturing
* Other

If you are in need of specific material to support your project, website, journal, blog, newspaper, magazine or in general, this is your resource.

Rates: Market Rate / Hourly Or By Project

Contact: Please contact Saab History for more information.

For more information on all of Saab History’s services, please visit the services page directly on this site.

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Saab Automobile USA’s Advertising : 2008 Tour De France

Posted on 14. Jul, 2008 by .

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Saab Automobile USA & Versus have partnered to provide coverage of the 2008 Tour de France. As indicated on the versus website, you can clearly see the Saab USA “Born From Jets” themed banner ads, as well as as the video coverage integrated into the first stage.

If you are like me, you may have also been watching the 2008 Tour de France over the past 10 stages, and to my amazement, I have yet to see any more Saab USA television advertisements or web ads since the first stage except for the brief verbal mentions within the “Saab Performance Predictions” segments.

So here’s the question, besides the static banner ads on the website and predictions segments of the coverage, will there be any more showcasing of Saab USA’s ads in the daily stage recaps of the 2008 Tour de France on the versus website in addition to any of the Saab/Mavic branded 9-3 SportCombis in bright yellow? I was expecting a lot more here for sure, here’s hoping that the new ads begin to show up before the event is over.

I would like to ask you the visitor, have you seen any Saab USA ads in concert with the Saab / Mavic partnership whether it is television, radio, print, web or in person? It’ll be interesting to see if there has been any real reach with the advertising money that is being spent here by Saab Automobile USA.

Where have you seen Saab USA ads with the 2008 Tour de France / Mavic partnership?

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Cherry Hill Saab Hosted Pro Cycling Team In 1995

Posted on 14. Jul, 2008 by .

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After recently reviewing some material that Saab History has received, I have found it interesting that as part of Saab Cars, USA sponsoring the Saab Pro Cycling team in 1995, Saab History’s site sponsor, Cherry Hill Saab of Cherry Hill, New Jersey hosted this team at their dealership as part of the activities.

Those fortunate to have been invited to this event had the opportunity to meet the team, but to also get a “free” 47-point inspection on their Saab!

I wonder if Saab dealerships in the United States will be hosting events like this in the United States now that the Saab USA-Mavic team are now on tour stopping at various venues including ski resorts.

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The 1995 Saab USA Professional Cycling Team Photo

Posted on 14. Jul, 2008 by .

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As a follow-up to the previous piece about Saab USA’s sponsorship of the pro cycling team in 1995, here is another group photograph I have recently come across for the record.

I find it interesting that the vehicle branding was extremely consistent with not only the team cycling theme, but the “Find Your Own Road” advertising campaign at the time.

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