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Group 3 Project: April 2019 progress report

Group 3 Project: April 2019 progress report

2019-05-22 - ADMIN

Throughout February and March work has progresses well on the rebuilding of the Group 3 project car at the Saab car museum.

We have now installed matt black lightweight aluminium panels to both the rear parcel-shelf area and the larger rear seat-squab opening inside the car. Also, to reduce weight further, the rear-windscreen and side-windows are now fitted in place manufactured in plexiglass.

On close examination of the cars original instrument panel, we noticed that there were far too many unsightly holes and blemishes etc., not in keeping with the overall standard of interior fittings etc. To rectify this a replacement instrument panel was found which, although free from holes and scratches etc, needed some careful attention to improve the paintwork.

Finding the correct paint for such a job wasn´t an easy task, so we turned to our paint supplier LackmanAB for their expert advice.

Thankfully, they managed to assist and produced for us a blend which matched the original grey used in manufacture which, quite remarkably when dried also had the same shade and glance of the original paint! This paint is now available to purchase as a spare part from

According to Saab rally mechanics the Group 3 cars had their inner door panels covered with a grey material - a matching PVC fabric in mid-grey has been found and has since been used to cover both left and right door panels.

The ultra-light boot-lid and rear wing glass-fibre sections of the car have now been aligned and secured in place to the bodywork –a task requiring care not to not cause damage to the both the panel itself and the paintwork.

The original boot-lock mechanism has now been replaced with two leather straps and the somewhat heavy boot-lift handle assembly that the original car had has been omitted. The boot lid now includes two lights from a Saab 93 to illuminate the cars number plate.

Both the steering column and rack and pinion assemblies are also in place permitting also the later fitment of both the gearbox and driveshaft assemblies.

The original cars interior heat exchanger unit has been removed and replaced with a large diameter flexible ventilation pipe – it is through this pipe that fresh air can be directed to the inside the car and prevent the build-up of condensation / fogging etc on the inside of the windscreen if needed.

In accordance with the original Group 3 cars, the front bumper has been removed and replaced with a lighter rail which can be used to support for example electrical components etc. The rear bumper has been permanently removed.

Now that many of the under-hood electrical components have been installed, we are starting to see the project cars engine room nearing completion.

At the recent Saabklubbens annual general meeting our good friends from the club´s spares department arrived with a new windscreen and rubber sealing surround for our project car- many thanks again .Åke Zakrisson and I both attended this meeting and we took the opportunity to make the first official presentation of the Group 3 project car and to later show the car in its current state of build for club members. Re- photo below of the car in the museum.

At the time of writing we are expecting delivery of the special fuel lines for the twin SU-fuel pumps that supply fuel forward to the engines twin Solex carburettor.

There is still work needing to be done to complete the project, immediately ahead of us is the installation of the engine and completion of the fuel system. Once this is completed a 2-inch exhaust system leading out via a straight pipe positioned under the cars right-side door sill will also take place along with some fine tuning of the engine and carburettors etc.

A 4-wheel geometry check and chassis ride and height adjustment are also scheduled.

Work to complete the Group 3 project car continues as we progress towards the presentation of the project at the Saab Festival in June.

Ulf G Andersson

Project leader, Group3 project,

Saab Car Museum Support Organisation.

Jan-Erik Liedberg securing the thin aluminium parcel-shelf panel.

The rear view of the car – with ultralight panels making hand-lifting easy.

Interior almost complete, wooden steering-wheel and tachometer soon to be installed.

Group 3 Project car awaiting fitment of the engine.

First time off the car-lift - high appearance -spring length adjustment needed.

The first official presentation of the project car at the Saabklubbens annual meeting 30 March 2019.

From VIPS archives 2019-3: Saab winner of Monte Carlo 1962

From VIPS archives 2019-3: Saab winner of Monte Carlo 1962

2019-05-10 - ADMIN

Here you have an historical article from the VIPS archives.

Ray Beaufoy

From the VIPS archives 2019-2

From the VIPS archives 2019-2

2019-03-14 - ADMIN

Here you have an historical article from the VIPS archives.

Ray Beaufoy

Group 3 Project: February 2019 progress report

Group 3 Project: February 2019 progress report

2019-02-14 - ADMIN

Our Group 3 project car has now left the NEVS paint facility where, during mid- December to mid -January it has been prepared and applied with its final coats of paint.

Taking more time than previously anticipated a lot extra work was needed to rectify extensive cracks showing on the cars glass-fibre wing panels. These needed to be carefully rubbed down both before and after a coating of glass- fibre packing material/filler being applied to the panels surfaces.

Even the cars light-blue coloured original panels needed further attention; After being sprayed the surface coat was seen to have ´risen` in places, lacking adhesion – to rectify this a further ground coat of paint was needed before the panels were finally rubbed down and sprayed again.

The attached photos show the body shell being prepared in the experimental spray-booth facility at NEVS.

The whole car, i.e. all internal and external surfaces including; engine room, luggage compartment, wings and fixtures etc. have now all been sprayed with Saab's distinguished competition colour of the 1960 ´s Toreador Red (R2).

It was with great excitement that myself, Åke and the team of mechanics from the Saab museum drove the Museums covered car trailer to NEVS recently to take delivery of the Group 3 project car in its final colour.

Upon arrival all loose parts such as bumper brackets, air vanes, screens and hatches etc had all been carefully laid out on tables in the NEVS workshop and after careful packaging, the Group 3 body shell was finally loaded onto the trailer for its next destination i.e. The Saab Car Museum.

Now in the museum's workshop, the car has been placed on a scissor lift, allowing work to be safely performed both inside and under the vehicle.

One of the first operations to be performed has been the assembly and fitment of the refurbished front and rear axle assemblies. Once completed the clutch, brake and accelerator pedal assemblies were added together with the rack and pinion, fuel-tank and a refurbished cable harness.

The next step will be to install new brake lines throughout the car which, as these will be visible inside the car, they will be required to follow original routings etc. New brake hoses and integral connections have also been found at the Saab Clubs spare parts stores.

Over the next few months a working group directly involved with the Group 3 project will be meeting regularly whilst the final assembly work takes place in the museums workshop.

A lot of work is still needing to be done but slowly and surely, we are reaching our goals toward completion.

We are extremely grateful for all donations etc and wish to thank both Lackman in Uddevalla for their supply of painting material etc and NEVS in Trollhättan for their work and paint-spraying expertise.

Enclosed photos are from the NEVS paint facility and Saab car museum's workshop etc. in Trollhättan.

Ulf G Andersson

Project leader, Group3 project,

Saab Car Museum Support Organisation.

Base-coat being applied to the inside of the roof

Daniel Karlsson in the spray-booth at NEVS : coat of base paint added to individual body panels.

The body shell shown with sanded / rubbed down base coat.Here the rear r,h. wheel-arch receiving a layer of top coat.

Engine compartment and wheel arches complete with topcoat.

Nicely completed interior panels.

Completed respray , Body shell awaiting transport to the Saab Museum

The NEVS paint-shop personell assisting in the re-spray : from left to right Process Engineer Daniel Karlsson ,Senior Process Engineer Mikael Seppi, Director of Manufacturing Bertil Gustafsson. Absent at time of picture being taken was Paint-Shop specialist Anders Andreasson.

Thure Stamm from the Saab Car museum making sure that the body-shell is safely secured inside the trailer prior to the short drive to the Car museum.

Car now safely in the Museum workshop : Åke Zackrisson (left in photo ) discussing proceedings with Hans Eklund.

Rear -axle and coil-springs now assembled and fitted to the car.

Cable harness, front-axle assembly and brake master-cylinder now fitted.

Membership Fee 2019

Membership Fee 2019

2019-01-11 - ADMIN

Dear Saab Friends,

It is time for the annual membership fee, 300 SEK, your annual contribution to the Saab Car Museum via the Support Organization. The fee include free entrance to the museum for members.

Please look here for further instructions. We would appreciate to have your payment during January.

You are important for us and hopefully you will continue to support us also 2019.

Best Regards

Thomas Sinclair - Chairman

From the VIPS archives 2019-1

From the VIPS archives 2019-1

2019-01-08 - ADMIN

The new year is here and here you have two historical articles from the VIPS archives.

  1. Saab in Siam
  2. Direct shipping of Saab cars from Trollhättan to England

Ray Beaufoy

Status report Saab Group 3 project, December 2018

Status report Saab Group 3 project, December 2018

2018-12-26 - ADMIN

Status report December 2018 for the Group 3 project can be found here.

Tomas Sinclair

Christmas Greeting 2018

Christmas Greeting 2018

2018-12-08 - ADMIN

Whishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Please find this year's christmas greetings here.

Tomas Sinclair

Saab – the perfect winter car

Saab – the perfect winter car

2018-11-20 - ADMIN

Winter is coming and here you have 3 historical articles showing that Saab very early was developed for good cold climate performance.

  1. Saab 93 – Starts as quick as lightening even in sub-zero temperatures
  2. Saab 96 - Winter testing in Kiruna
  3. Saab 96 -Thermostat regulated heating system

Melker Persson

Progress report of the Saab 96, Group 3 project, October 2018

Progress report of the Saab 96, Group 3 project, October 2018

2018-11-02 - ADMIN

We have been visited in the workshop by a journalist from the Classic Motor magazine and a lot of photos were taken.

As the project progresses we have received delivery of paint (often specially blended) for example to steering column, rims, shock absorbers and engine from the local paint shop Lackman in Uddevalla.

A lot of time has been used to remove all underseal from the bodywork .Yet more time has been spent on repairing the rust damages. And finally it is now time to apply a coat of underbody primer. The driver’s seat is currently being recovered.

The different members of the working group have got separate tasks in the renovation process, for example: rear axle, front axle and disc brakes, engine, small parts in engine compartment, wheels and wooden steering wheel.

A big issue for us have been to find a paint shop with knowledge and interest in this type of job. Fortunately we got in contact with Bertil Gustavsson, director of Manufacturing Paint Shop& General Assembly on NEVs, the company that bought the Saab factory. It feels a little “magic” that the factory where the 56 year old car once was built, now helps us so that the car can reaper in a completely new colour.

Please look at some pictures from the workshop.

Ulf G Andersson

Project manager, Grp3 Project,

Saab Car Museum Support Organisation

SAAB IN HONG KONG - Rally success has led to increased sales

SAAB IN HONG KONG - Rally success has led to increased sales

2018-10-31 - ADMIN

AN EXTRACT FROM THE SAAB INTERNAL MAGAZINE VIPS ( VI PÅ SAAB ) NR6 ,1962. Original article written by Saabs Far-East market correspondent Lennart Cedrup.

Saabs´recent rallying successes have played a major part in the increase of new car sales in the Brittish Crown Colony of Hong Kong.

A Chineese lady,with a carrying pole over her shoulder,stops for a while to admire the new Saab in the showroom of Continental Motors in Kowloon.

Following sales sucesses in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, SAAB has now also established itself in the far eastern region of Hong Kong.

It was almost a year ago that initial discussions between Saab,Linköping and China International Motors Ltd took place regarding the of opening a new sales outlet in the far-east Asian market.

Following numerous meetings and discussions the director of the Hong Kong company ,Mr Edward Eu, finally arrived at SAAB in Linköping to visit the company and add his signature to all legal contracts etc.

On the 13 of August 1962, the new SAAB showroom in Hong Kong was officially inaugurated.

China International Motors Ltd is controlled by a number of leading Chinese buisnessmen based in Hong Kong, whilst the companys managing director is the popular Englishman, Mr. Geofrey Binstead. The company also represents several other vehicle manufactureres, i.e. Vauxhall, Buick, Daimler and GM´s ,Canadian built Arcadia models.

New SAAB cars are planned to be sold at Continental Motors, Ltd., at their new exclusive showroom in the Kowloon (above photo) region and where most foreigners residing in Hong Kong live. This area and New Territory are closest to the Chinese Border which has been leased to the British Crown for a period of 99 years.

The Manager of Saab sales in Hong Kong Mr James Wong and his charming secretary.

The Saab Showroom itself is located in the Imperial Court building at 79, Waterloo Road.

The companys General Manager Mr James Wong, described the SAAB sales venture as being the `New, modern battle, of Waterloo ! - refering to a little English history where the English General, Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, in 1815.

Above the entrance to the showroom a sign reads Continental Motors and inside there is a very attractive cream coloured mosaic floor with large side mirrors revealing an endless row of new SAAB cars.

Mr James Wong informed that 15 cars sales are expected to be made each month. This doesn’t sound a lot, but out of the 3 million people living in Hong Kong it is only a very small percent of the population that can actually afford to buy a new car. As Hong Kong also permits the importation of vehicles from abroad ,he said , we also share the market with 57 other car companies!

Non-English car manufacturers are affected by a preferencial customs levy of 15 % applied to the cost of new car ,and also a 10% increase in vehicle registration – this has been recently added in an attempt to keeping the Brittish Crown Colonies share of the new car market at a reasonable level . Road tax in Hong Kong is 100 HK $ ( approx 90 kr ) per year for cars under 1000 cc, 160 HK$ for cars 1000 -1500 cc and 220 HK$ for cars over 1500 cc.

A panoramic view of the harbour area is gained from the heights around Hong Kong.

Saab are well known from their International rally success.

Mr James Wong informed us that he didn´t consider selling Saab cars would be a problem despite the hard competition from other manufacturers - Saabs victories in International rally competitions has been well known in Hong Kong for a good time now and are reported in English newspapers that we can read here - reports are also noted in the Chinese press (24 newspapers).

Saab is often discussed on local radio stations too and we also advertise all the rally successes that Saab have achieved.

Some of the roads in the Hong Kong area are very steep – not a problem for the Saab.

Most cars in the world!

Hong Kong is unique, having the most cars on its roads than anywhere else in the world.

According to official records, on the 30 August,1963 there were 60,290 vehicles (including 818 rikshaws) using its 510 miles of road – that´s more than 100 vehicles for each road mile! By comparison, England has only 30 vehicles per mile, West Germany 22, USA 20 and France12.

The traffic is very intense in the renown Queens Road, Pedder Street, and Des Voeux Road areas, and in the Kowloon area around Nathan Road, Salisbury Road and Chatham Road with all its hotels.

Despite the heavy traffic and the lack of parking spaces Hong Kong’s car salesmen forecast a positive future for the sale of new Saab cars. The China International Motors company believe that the size of Saabs is ideal for the roads in Hong Kong and that the car will soon become one of the most popular cars to buy and own there.

Written: 4 June 2018.

Launch of the book about Saab Car Pioneer Gunnar Ljungström

Launch of the book about Saab Car Pioneer Gunnar Ljungström

2018-10-09 - ADMIN

Please find the press release here.

Ulf G Andersson

Progress report of the Saab 96, Group 3 project, August 2018

Progress report of the Saab 96, Group 3 project, August 2018

2018-09-05 - ADMIN

A press release has been issued to four of Sweden’s vintage car magazines following the project being made public. The Classic Motor magazine has responded by publishing a short article and a photo related to the project in its recent edition.

Furthermore, we have also been informed that the project will also be highlighted in both the Swedish Saab Club´s magazine, `Bakrutan´, and the Norwegian Saab Club´s magazine, `9-posten´in due time.

Work on stripping the car of its components has come a long way the work being done in Zackrissons workshop based in Munkedal. All components have been carefully marked for identification purposes and safely packed in storage boxes.

Both the front and rear axles have now also been removed and a special body support fixture is currently being manufactured. When complete it will assist in allowing the body to be rotated and ease the work cleaning the underside of the bodywork and final paint application etc.

Quite remarkably, we only encountered one seized bolt that sheared off during removal!

All wheel arches have been removed of underseal and surfaces have been cleaned to the metal with a rotary steel brush etc.

We now have gained a clear picture of the condition of the body-shell regarding metal corrosion and rust -The floor panel itself is fully intact however a great deal of rust corrosion is present on the left lower body side section where it meets the wheel-arch. A new side section has been obtained and is planned to be shortly welded in place.

Other than that, there is very little damage that needs to be professionally attended to.

As far as we can see there are no further panel sections in need of repair.

We have also identified several components that need to be obtained and replaced. Where possible these will be purchased from the Swedish Saab club’s collection of spares etc at a discounted price – a form of sponsorship by them.

Paint and various rubbing down equipment prior to respraying will be sponsored by Lackman in Uddevalla and Vikens Maskin, also from Uddevalla, has promised to supply new fuel lines and hoses, etc. From Mr Christer Wigren in Landskorna a set of Four Sport wheel rims have also been donated.

On the 13th of August the projects work-group met with members of Saabs original Competition department (Rolf Ebefors, Torbjörn Trollby and Nils- Gunnar Svensson) who shared with us valuable information related to the competition cars of the 1960´s.

I´m very pleased to also announce that the project has received a donation of 25,000.00 kronor from an anonymous donor. We are extremely grateful for the donation which will be used in financing the renovation of the car to a condition as practically and economically possible to the original.

A challenge we have ahead of us is finding a suitable company that can help in respraying the body colour from blue to the red used on Saab´s group 3 competition cars.

We are also currently searching for period Auto Trygg shock absorbers, a lap buckle safety belt and a new fuel level sender unit.

Ulf G Andersson - Project manager, Grp3 Project

The project car standing in the Zachrisson brothers workshop with their Saab V4 Turbo Racing in the background.

Photo showing the extent of the corrosion to the left side section of the body panel to the adjoining wheel-housing. A new panel section is shown alongside the car ready to be welded into place .

The first meeting of the project group and original members of Saab´s competition department.

Saab 96: Group 3 competition car Project

Saab 96: Group 3 competition car Project

2018-06-29 - ADMIN

The associasion's treasurer Ulf G Andersson has written an article about the Saab 96: Group 3 competition car project that can be found here.

Invitation to Annual General Meeting 2018

Invitation to Annual General Meeting 2018

2018-04-05 - ADMIN

Saab Car Museum Support Organization invites you to Annual General Meeting on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 6.00 – 7.00 pm at Saab Car Museum, Trollhattan.

The agenda is enclosed.


Saab Car Museum Support Organization Board

Historical Review & Saab on the roof - Safari Rally 1964

Historical Review & Saab on the roof - Safari Rally 1964

2018-03-31 - ADMIN

Dear Saab friends,

Here are some reading tips:

Saab on the roof – Safari Rally 1964

The associasion's treasurer Ulf G Andersson has written an article about the Safari Rally 1964 that can be found here.

Membership Fee 2018 & Saab books

Membership Fee 2018 & Saab books

2018-02-05 - ADMIN

Dear Saab Friends,

It is time for the annual membership fee, 300 SEK, your annual contribution to the Saab Car Museum via the Support Organization. The fee include free entrance to the museum for members.

Please look at the page “Membership and Payment” at our website and follow the instructions there. We would appreciate to have your payment during February.

Saab books

As informed earlier the Support Organization is financing the printing of two Saab books:

- The first book “The era of Gunnar Ljungström, A journey from 92 to 900”, written by Gunnar Johansson, was launched at the Saab Car Museum Festival last year. Signed books are still available at the Saab Car Museum Shop.

- Gunnar Larsson is writing a book about Gunnar Ljungström, the man who started Saab Car division, and his coworkers during 1945 to 1969. This book will certainly be unique thanks to Gunnar’s Saab internal knowledge and his very extensive research. It is planned to be available this year.

The books are sold by the Saab Car Museum who will get the full revenue, in order to support further developments.

You are important for us and hopefully you will continue to support us also 2018.

Best Regards

Thomas Sinclair - Chairman

Christmas Letter 2017

Christmas Letter 2017

2017-12-09 - ADMIN

This year's christmas letter is found here.

Saab Car Museum Support Organization Board

Donation to Saab Car Museum Support Organization for wedding transport

Donation to Saab Car Museum Support Organization for wedding transport

2017-10-11 - ADMIN

This summer our member David Williams, Bournville UK, used his beautiful Saab 99 Turbo for transporting the Groom and Best Man to the wedding. As thank you he received an envelope containing cash, intended as a donation to the Saab Car Museum.

We thank David and Groom for a good initiative and wish the married couple good luck.

Ulf G Andersson - Cashier

Another unique Sonett I picture

Another unique Sonett I picture

2017-09-06 - ADMIN

After the little article of Saab Sonett Super Sport was published here on the website in December 2016, the 92 years old rally driver Carl-Magnus Skogh found another unique picture in is archive.

Four Sonett Super Sports in the temporary paddock at the road course in Falkenberg 1957. The cars did not participate in the race, but were driven in a ”show race”. CM Skogh describes the cars on the picture; from left, blue (#5), white (#6), red (#2) and pale yellow (#1). Mr. Skogh is standing alongside the red car.

Saab Car Museum Festival June 2017

Saab Car Museum Festival June 2017

2017-06-29 - ADMIN

What a fantastic Saab Weekend we had in Trollhättan Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June. This is an event happening every 2nd year and it's arranged by the Saab Car Museum together with the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, Club Sonett Sweden and the Swedish Saab Club.

For the Support Organisation the event was a great success with many new members signing up to support the museum. Another big succes was the launch of Gunnar K Johansson's book on the cars from the Gunnar Ljungström era Saab 92 to Saab 900. The book sold very well and the author Gunnar K Johansson together with Gunnar Larsson, Olle Granlund, Carl-Magnus Skogh and Rony Lutz signed books with high speed. This Book Project was paid for by the Saab Car Museum Support Organisation and handed over to the Museum the day before the festival.

Peter Bäckström: ”It's hard to tell exactly how many visitors we had over the weekend as you don't need a ticket to just wander around the area and look at cars, but it was definitely more people than 2013”. ”My estimate is that there were between 15 000-20 000 visitors over the three days”. ”On the Saturday thera was around 1 200 cars in the area around the museum and 150 cars on the Kinnekulle Race Track, THE BIGGEST TURN OUT EVER”

On the Saturday the first ever ”Carlsson on the Roof Scholarship” was handed over to Björn and Mikael Mohlin with the following motivation:

”Björn and Mikael Mohlin has lifted the racing with 2-stroke Saab's to a new level. Through extensive and thorough work combined with high technical knowledge and driver skills, the Team has beaten the competition from both lighter vehicles as well as those with bigger engines”. ”Based on these admirable efforts they are very Wothy Laureates of the first ever ”Carlsson on the roof Scholarship”. We wish Björn and Mikael good luck and much more success on the race tracks.

We thank all participants for an incredible effort before and after this festival and hope that we can Get many more new members in the aftermath of the Saab Festival.

Thomas Sinclair - Chairman

Invitation Annual General Meeting April 27 2017

Invitation Annual General Meeting April 27 2017

2017-04-11 - ADMIN

Saab Car Museum Support Organization invites you to Annual General Meeting on Thursday April 27, 2017 at 6.00 – 7.00 pm at Saab Car Museum, Trollhattan.

The agenda is enclosed.


Saab Car Museum Support Organization Board

Saabs own Engine Genius, In memory of Per Gillbrand

Saabs own Engine Genius, In memory of Per Gillbrand

2017-02-18 - ADMIN

Recently Saab Veterans published a story about Per Gillbrand. You can read it here.

Membership Fee 2017 & New Saab books to be published

Membership Fee 2017 & New Saab books to be published

2017-02-08 - ADMIN

Dear Saab Friends,

It is time for the annual membership fee, 200 SEK, your annual contribution to the Saab Car Museum via the Support Organization.

Please look at the page “Membership and Payment” at our new website and follow the instructions here. We would appreciate to have your payment during February.

New Saab books to be published

In 2017 the Support Organization has made 2 x 100 000 SEK of collected membership fees and donations available for publication of two new Saab books:

  • Gunnar Larsson is writing a book about Gunnar Ljungström, the man who started Saab Car division, and his coworkers during 1945 to 1969.

  • The other book, written by Gunnar Johansson, is about Saab cars developed during the Ljungstrom epoch up until Saab 900 1993. Both authors have worked at Saab for many years.


The books will be sold by the Saab Car Museum who will get the full revenue, in order to support further developments. As member you will have priority to these books. Further information to come.

We will naturally participate in the Saab Car Museum Festival and during the year arrange some lectures in Trollhattan to create a bit of extra income for the museum.

You are important for us and hopefully you will continue to support us also 2017.

Best Regards

Gunnar Larsson


Saab Sonett Super Sport - Some Memories

Saab Sonett Super Sport - Some Memories

2016-12-19 - ADMIN

Carl Magnus Skoog (CMS) tells us some episodes about these unique cars from the fifties.

Mr. Skoog was together with Erik Carlsson the first factory drivers in the Saab team and from 1960 a full time test and rally driver until 1963 when joined the Volvo team. He has 53 wins on his merit list with Saab cars. In those days a driver competed in many different categories. Carl Magnus was for most a very skilled rally driver with a very smooth driving style that almost always helped him to the finish line. His was also an excellent racing driver and drove Saab cars on racing tracks and on ice and he was the most successful driver in the tricky Saab formula junior car in 1961.

Saab Sonett I was an advanced semi-monocoque construction, with the mechanicals parts from Saab 93 and a three cylinder two stoke engine tuned to 57,5 hp, with a 4 speed gearbox. The motor was equipped with a dual carburetor and a newly designed intake manifold. Under 3000 rpm the engine did not offer much pulling power. Acceleration from 0-100 km/ in 12 sec, top speed 180 even more depending on gearbox. Motor and gearbox was mounted back to front, to get better weight distribution. The car had a glass fiber body design by Sixten Sason. Sonett Super Sport was presented at the auto show in Stockholm 1956. Only six cars where built.

Carl Magnus Skoog:

The Sonett I was a real sports car and a nice car to drive with good acceleration and a top speed. Then racing with the car, you had to be a little careful in braking and cornering because the rear end was light. In pictures from cornering in race tempo you see that the rear inner wheel is lifting a bit. The car also had good road holding on gravel and grass.

I think I have driven all six cars and I was the only one who won a race with the Sonett I. That was a “parallel slalom” on a track behind the factory on the old grass airfield. In the final I was up against a well-known local Volvo PV driver, Pelle Nyström, despite disadvantage in the start I managed to win. In June 1957 Eric Carlsson, Rolf Mellde (leading engineer), Harlad Kronegård (rally and race driver from Stockholm who drove Saab in the fifties) and I drove four cars as a “show race” in conjunction with “Västkustloppet” in Falkenberg.

In august 1957 Erik Carlsson and I participated with the Sonett, as far as I recall it we drove the two red cars. I had a third place in reach, but had to avoid collision with a spinning Ferrari and came fourth.

I also think Erik Carlsson drove a Sonett in Kristianstad Grand Prix in 1957.

September 1957 there was another “show race” at the Sovalla horsetrack in Stockholm. Five cars participated and the very talented Swedish race driver Erik “Ocklebo” Lundgren won over the regular Saab drivers Erik Carlsson, Rolf Mellde, Harlad Kronegård and me.

But I have another much more special memory of the Sonett. When my wife Gun and I got married in Grums 1957 there stood a little red sports car outside the church after the wedding ceremony. Rolf Mellde had decided that we could borrow the car that summer. The background was that, Swedish Volkswagen, which was running a team with Volkswagen cars in rally and Porsche in racing, wanted me to sign a contract to drive form them and Mellde wanted to prevent that.

The interesting thing is that all 6 cars still exist. # 1, originally pale yellow, now white and the blue # 5 you can see at Saab car museum. The red # 2 is owned by the American enthusiast Tom Donney. The red # 3 is owned by the swede and former Saab technician Gösta Jakfors. # 4 is owned by René Hirsch in Switzerland and # 6 white with blue stripe, is owned by the Saab dealer Bill Jacobson in US.

The late Saab completion mechanic drives number 1, here with sales number plates.

Carl Magnus Skogh with homemade racingoverall and car number 1 outside Mellerud in his home county Dalsland.

Carl Magnus Skogh on his way to a fourth place in Kanonloppet Karlskoga 1957

Engine bay of Sonett #1 in the Saab Car museum

Ulf G Andersson (copyright)

Photosource: private

This year - 2016 - it is 50 years since the introduction of the Saab 96 V4

This year - 2016 - it is 50 years since the introduction of the Saab 96 V4

2016-11-09 - ADMIN

This was a great step forward for the Saab cars in the rally forests and new challenges for the completion department.

Below, some steps are “highlighted” in the very early development work of the V4-engine for rally competition.

Nils-Gunnar Svensson (NGS) was development engineer at the Saab Competition Dept. and was responsible for the rally and racing engines between 1963 and 1969.

Nils-Gunnar tells us that very soon after the 96 V4 was released to the press, the requirement was raised to develop a Group-2 version of the engine for rallying. In order to make a short cut in the process, both to get parts and instructions. I visited, together with Olle Granlund (project manager for the V4) Ford in Cologne. We met there with Mr. Brezing, the manager for the Ford Competition Dept. The outcome of this trip was equal to zero! What we got from him was a warning not to exceed 90 hp because this was the limit for the engine components. We were most disappointed over not getting any parts with us to take back to Trollhättan. We had expected to at least get a simple tuning instruction, but that was also a disappointment.

We were in the position to start from square one to modify the engine parameters, such as compression ratio, cam shaft with higher lift and duration which together with a larger carburetor or a standard carburetor with larger throttle housing should result in an acceptable performance level, power and torque, for rally driving.

A cam shaft grinder in Skövde could offer different cam profiles with a variety of lifts and durations. A cam with 7,6 mm lift fitted well our goal at this stage of development. (This cam profile was used for several years to come).

Valve lifters and rocker arms were reduced in weight to allow higher revs. Next step was to find the largest Solex carburetor in their range and that happened to be a Mercedes single port 38 mm carburetor, where the throttle housing was machined to 40 mm with an adapted butterfly. This resulted in a width of the sealing surface of only 1,5 to 2 mm. This work was of course done together with modification of the ports in both cylinder heads and intake manifold.

The engine was equipped with stronger valve springs, modified air cleaner and a high capacity ignition coil (Bosch TK12 A10). The exhaust pipes got an inner dia. of 44 mm and were formed in a bow over the drive shafts. The pipes were taken through the rear end of the engine compartment floor to be siamesed to one pipe ending in a silencer at the rear bumper. The engine flywheel was reduced in weight and an oil cooler was installed.

The Saab-people did as usual, i.e. entered the new car in a rally event for testing. This very first rally was “Bergslagsrundan” in Kristinehamn, the 3rd of Dec. 1966.With reference to the book “Motoråret” (Motoring Year), the driver Åke “Bryggarn” Andersson together with the assist. Competition manager Bo Swanér as co-driver drove the car to a clear victory. According to the book, the engine had an output of 85 hp with the standard single carburetor.

The engine had been stressed on the dynamometer, as NGS says, but it was a very moderate tuning just to be sure that the engine should stand the increased power output. The rally car set-up followed mainly the, since many years tested, 2-stroke concept except for the reinforced front springs.

By the start of the 1967 season the larger carburetor, with a larger throttle housing, was available and according to brake test protocols, the engine now produced close to 100 hp. The next step in the development was the introduction of the dual throat carburetor, in fact a register carburetor (Weber DFI) with the specific intake manifold which was standard equipment for the Ford Transit model.

In the 60`s, there were two categories in the Swedish Championship for the rally drivers. One category for pure rallying and another for smaller type with shorter special stages, called “T-rallies”. The “T” stands for “tillförlitlighet” = reliability. This type of rallies offered mostly worse conditions including more curvy special stages. Accordingly, the pure rallies resulted in higher average speeds.

1967, the first rally year in the forests for the V4, was comparatively successful. The competition year started very good as the fastest driver in the Saab team, Åke “Bryggarn” Andersson won “Bergslagsloppet” and “Rikspokalen”. Simo Lampinen was the most successful Saab driver in the Swedish KAK- rally and was second this year.

1967, a very special situation occurred in the sense that Porsche succeeded to homologate their Porsche 911into the Group 2 category and the 912 in the Group 1 category. This resulted in a “distorted” situation compared to the ordinary standard cars such as the Saab 96. Furthermore, Åke Andersson ended his career at Saab to continue with the Porsche team.

The most successful Saab-driver was 1967 Carl Orrenius, who was second in the “Bergslagsrallyt” and the “Dackefejden” which in turn resulted in bronze medal in the overall Swedish Championship in the “T-category”.Orrenius then won the Norwegian Winter Rally and the Rally Bore together with a total fourth place in the English Gulf Rally. Håkan Lindberg, another works supported driver, won 1967 the Swedish Championship in the Group 1-category in the Saab 96 V4. Group 1 is the classification for vehicles in standard tune.

In July 1967, Erik Carlsson together with his co-driver Torsten Åman, took the outright victory in the Rally Vltava in Czeckoslovakia, counting for the European Championship. This was Erik´s last victory in a major international rally.

In June 1967, it was announced that the very qualified Volvo-driver Tom Trana will be part of the Saab rally team. The very first appearance of Tom was a victory in the grass track race at the Trollhättan air field with the Group 2 V4. Other performances that year were fifth place in “Dackefejden”, a third place in “Skandiatrofén” and an outright victory in the Norwegian “Norgeslöpet”.

In conclusion one may say 50 years after the introduction of the V4, that the first year of competition in the rally forests was approved with honor. The Saab Competition Department had since many years long experience and was very good at service planning and logistics. Now, suddenly, the team got a new engine which later should prove to be very competitive but also included new technical challenges which were handled with great expertise.

On the homepage of Saabveteranerna Trollhattan there is an article on the introduction of the V4 engine in Saab 96. Unfortunaly in Swedish but perhaps the pictures can be of interest. Look for SAAB historia:” Minnesanteckningar från införandet av fyrtaktsmotorn i Saab 95/96 1966.”

Åke ”Bryggarn” Andersson in a special stage on the ice of Klarälven, in the Swedish rally 1967

Interior in the 1967 rally car

The factory driver Tom Trana is sitting on the bonnet of a rally car with the personal of the Competition Department around him. The man far right in the back is our storyteller Nils Gunnar Svensson.

Ulf G Andersson (copyright)

Photosource: private

Report from the Annual General Meeting 2016

Report from the Annual General Meeting 2016

2016-04-21 - ADMIN

Saab Car Museum Support Organization held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday April 21, 2016 at 6.00 – 7.00 pm at Saab Car Museum, Trollhattan.

The minutes can be found here.

The management report can be found here.

The auditors' report can be found here.

Saab Car Museum Support Organization Board

Invitation to Annual General Meeting 2016

Invitation to Annual General Meeting 2016

2016-03-31 - ADMIN

Saab Car Museum Support Organization invites you to Annual General Meeting on Thursday April 21, 2016 at 6.00 – 7.00 pm at Saab Car Museum, Trollhattan.

The agenda is enclosed.


Saab Car Museum Support Organization Board

The love for an old Saab

The love for an old Saab

2016-02-08 - ADMIN

The journalist Jonas Fröberg is known to many Saabenthusiasts. Now he finally has bought an old Saab and discovered how charming theese cars are. Read about it here (in swedish).

Saab Turbo ”The Long Run” at Talladega – 30 year celebration 2016

Saab Turbo ”The Long Run” at Talladega – 30 year celebration 2016

2015-11-22 - ADMIN

October 1986 three Saab 9000 Turbo, without any modifications, were driven at maximum speed during 21 days and nights at Talladega Superspeedway, Al, USA. The three cars all passed 100 000 km , the fastest with an average speed of 213 kph including fuel filling, service etc. Two world speed records and 31 international speed records were registered after the drive.

This fantastic performance will of course be celebrated during 2016. We are now in the planning phase and will update with more information later. You can read the fascinating story of the event, written by Olle Granlund, initiator to and project manager for “The Long Run” here.

Article in TTELA about Stödföreningen (Swedish)

Article in TTELA about Stödföreningen (Swedish)

2015-07-21 - ADMIN

Recently the local newspaper TTELA published an article about the Saab Car Museum Support Organization. The article interviewed Chairman Gunnar Larsson, who talks about the association's activities.

You can read the article here.

New unique Historic document called "The roots of Saab" available

New unique Historic document called "The roots of Saab" available

2015-07-02 - ADMIN

To support our increasing number of English-speaking members all over the world with more knowledge about Saab AB owner of Saab Cars activities from its start until end 1990, we have prepared a unique Historic document called “The roots of Saab”. There are two versions of the document, a short (here) and a longer (here).

This year a few more historical documents will be translated from Swedish to English and will be made available for our members on this website. This will happen as soon as they have been translated and examined. Our website will keep you informed.

In memory of Erik Carlsson

In memory of Erik Carlsson

2015-05-28 - ADMIN

Dear Members of Saab Car Museum Support Organization!

As you may already know the most well known Saab-rally driver of all time suddenly left us on May 27 due to consequences of an accident in his home. Erik Carlsson was a social genius. He was able to speak with everyone in a way that made us feel important and appreciated. His importance for Saab Cars over a long period from the late 1950s and forward was truly immense! He always also grabbed the opportunity to act as the ultimate PR man for Saab Cars. Having seen Erik drive aggressively and fast on gravel roads will stay in mind for the rest of my life.

Dear Erik - Rest in Peace

/ Gunnar Larsson, Chairman of Saab Car Museum Support Organization and former Technical Director at Saab.

Pictures from Saab Car Museum



2015-03-18 - ADMIN


Hello all Members,

Saab Car Museum Support Organization invites you to Annual General Meeting 2015 Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 6.00 – 7.00 pm at Saab Car Museum.

The agenda is enclosed here.


Saab Car Museum Support Organization Board

Newsletter #1 2015

Newsletter #1 2015

2015-02-04 - ADMIN

Time to renew your membership!

Your membership fee to the Saab Car Museum Support Organization creates extra resources which all contribute to increasing the Museum attraction for the visitors. Furthermore seminars, temporary exhibits and other events are arranged which are open for all Museum visitors.

The membership fee can be paid by money transfer or via Paypal. For money transfer please use IBAN:SE28 6000 0000 0007 0101 6418. Swift: HANDSESS

Please add your name, address and e-mail address to your payment. For information on how to pay via Paypal, click here.

Thank you for renewing - your contribution matters.

Experience Package!

Together with VISIT Trollhättan we have created some proposals how to combine your Saab Car Museum visit with other activities in the Trollhättan area. More information is available here.

Saab Car Museum Support Organization

Gunnar Larsson, Ordförande

Chief Engineer Gunnar Ljungström at the press introduction of Saab for 1964, in August 1963 (photo from the archives at Saab Car Museum).

Newsletter #5 2014

2014-09-13 - ADMIN

Newsletter #5 2014

This newsletter will be a little different to the ones sent out earlier. We will mostly not write about historical events at Saab, but rather on current events related to car the museum and Saab. Please contact me with opinions about the newsletter and its future direction. Should it contain historical material, news, or both?

Meeting for owners of the new 9-5

Recently there was a meeting for owners of the second-generation 9-5. A visit to the museum was a given point at the program.

News in the Museum's online shop

For some time it has been possible to buy specially developed tasty Turbo coffee and suitable cups from the museum's webshop. Now there is also a matching thermos to pour the coffee into.

Buy it here!

Test run of 9-3 EV

Recently the first test run of the upcoming 9-3 EV was published. The car tested is an early prototype, so it's really pleasing to see that the title for the review is "This could be huge." Positive is also the final words: "If Saab can get the car out within a reasonable time and with a reasonable price tag it stands terrible well compared to its competitors." So now we just have to hope that Nevs sort out their problems so that we once again get to see Saab shake up the automotive market.

Read the test here

Thanks to Saab Car Museum for the pictures

Newsletter #4 2014

2014-06-28 - ADMIN

Newsletter #4 2014

Saab 9000 - 30 year Anniversary

May 24, 1984 - thirty years ago - was launch date for the Saab 9000.

It´s thirty years ago now, that the Saab 9000 Turbo 16 was launched at a big press- and dealer conference, starting on May 24, 1984, at the zoological gardens of Kolmården. Demand was huge and the waiting lists long, once the cars began being delivered during autumn, as 1985 models.

Saab 9000 began as a joint project with Fiat/Lancia of Italy, but the final result was very much a Saab. The engineers in Södertälje had a new engine ready, a turbocharged engine with 16 valves and double overhead camshafts, ”the engine of the future”, as it was rightly named by Saab´s engine wizard Per Gillbrand. Stig-Göran Larsson, head of Engine Development, told the audience at the conference at Kolmården, the 2-litre turbo engine developed 175 hp, with a peak torque of 273 Nm at 3000 rpm, the best ever value for an engine this size.

Saab 9000 had its body designed by the best of Italian stylists: Giorgetto Giugiaro. Even so, it was the interior, largely the work of Saab´s Chief Designer Björn Envall, that came in for most of the plaudits. A driver´s seat with a distinct ”cockpit feeling” was one of its most noticeable features.

Gunnar Larsson, then Technical Director at Saab, had a share in the development of Saab 9000 right from the start. He was involved already when early thoughts of an entirely new generation of cars started crystallising in the 1970s, and he was appointed Project Manager when the actual pilot studies took off in earnest in 1977.

- This was the first time in more than ten years that we, the engineers at Saab, had been given the opportunity to design an entirely new car ”from scratch”. It was a fantastic challenge, said Gunnar Larsson at the first press meeting at Kolmården.

Magnus Roland, responsible for chassis development and the good driving characteristics of the Saab 9000, said Saab did not only trust computer simulation or other laboratory tests but above all relied on practical test drives - he himself admitted to having driven test cars more than 30 000 kilometres.

With front-wheel-drive, as on all previous Saab models, and the engine transversely mounted the Saab 9000 had a generous and very spacious interior, large enough to be classified by the American EPA norms as a ”Large Car” - a fact that was gratefully acknowledged in marketing.

- Saab 9000 is not only a car for the ´80s but also a car for the future, said Sten Wennlo, at that time head of the Saab Car Division within Saab-Scania, in his opening speech at Kolmården.


Archive photos from Saab Car Museum.

Newsletter #3 2014

2014-05-05 - ADMIN

Newsletter #3 2014

It happened at Saab: April

ver the weekend of April 24-25, 1964 the Saab dealer in Linköping put on a spring show in the Linköping Sports Hall - with the sports car named Cathering and designed by Sixten Sason - as the main attraction. It was the first time the car was shown to the public and the exhibition drew more than 10 000 visitors. The Catherina was built on a Saab 96 platform and under the bonnet was a Saab Sport engine. The prototype had been built at ASJ in Katrineholm, its name ’Catherina’ was partly inspired by a popular hit song and partly because its association to the city, Katrineholm. The detachable roof was most ingenious and an idea actually some years before Porsche launched its famous ’Targa-roof’ model. Despite everything, the Catherina had a hard time trying to convince the Saab management. In an internal memorandum of April 1965 the test drivers wrote, among others, that the aerodynamics were not so good, the cW value was 0.41 against the 0.35 of a standard Saab. The management at Saab decided to go for another car, which then became the Sonett II. Saab Catherina remained a unique prototype, now on display at the Saab Car Museum.

It happened at Saab: May

The American magazine Road & Track featured in its issue of May 1985 an article on Saab EV-1, or Saab 900 Turbo 16 EV-1, the first real ”dream-car” from Saab. On its cover the magazine wrote: WORLD EXCLUSIVE - Saab´s 168-mph Sports Car” with a dramatic picture of the car with a Saab fighter plane, Viggen, taking off in the background. Saab EV-1 was to have its world première at the Los Angeles Auto Expo in May and that´s why the magazine´s reporter and photographer had been invited to Sweden already in February to do the article. Björn Envall, head of Saab styling, recalled that his first clay model of EV-1 was done at home on his kitchen table, wrote the magazine. It was in June 1984 that Saab management had assigned a small group of 15 people to develop a ”supersportscar”. - Working with a small number of inspired people allows us much more freedom and creativity, said Gunnar Larsson, then director of engineering, and also we wanted to explore the possibilities of Saab 900. The turbocharged 16-valve engine developed an estimated 282 bhp SAE net at 6500 rpm and around 246 lb ft (334 Nm) at 3500 rpm, how was it done, asked the reporter? - One of our rally mechanics applied what we would call standard techniques, answered Olle Granlund, manager engine test and development. Performance was in Ferrari Testarossa territory with an acceleration figure of 5.7 seconds from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/t). We hope Saab EV-1 will take it all the way to production, concluded the magazine.

Text Per-Börje Elg

Archive photos from Saab Car Museum.

Invitation Annual General Meeting April 8 2014

2014-03-14 - ADMIN

Invitation Annual General Meeting April 8 2014

Annual General Meeting 2014 Saab Car Museum Support Organization

Time: Tisdag 8 april 2014, 18.00-19.00

Place: Saab Bilmuseum, conferenceroom Filmsalen

Invited: All members


  1. Meeting Start
  2. Election of meeting Chairman
  3. Election of meeting Secretary
  4. Establishing and approval of Voting List
  5. Election of two Adjusters to approve Meeting Notes together with the Chairman
  6. Question if the Meeting has been announced as per the Chart
  7. Agenda Approval
  8. Presentation of the Activity Report
  9. Presentation of the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Audit Report
  10. Decision
    • to determine the Income Statement and Balance Sheet for the financial year
    • to adopt the allocation of the profit in accordance with proposal of the Board
    • to discharge the members of the Board from liability for their administration for the financial year
  11. Election of Chairman for 2 years and Treasurer for 1 year within the Board
  12. Election of Secretary and other Board Members
  13. Authorized Signatories
  14. Election of Auditor and deputy Auditor
  15. Election of Election Committee and Chairman of the Election Committee
  16. Decision about
    • Membership Fee for 2015
    • Board Activity Plan
  17. Issues transferred by the Board to the Annual General Meeting
    • Organization Chart change proposal. Increase the number of Auditors to 2 instead of 1 and keep 1 deputy Auditor
    • Proposal to modify the Swedish name of the organization. Change from ”Saab Bilmuseum stödförening” to ”Saab Bilmuseum Stödförening”
    • Approval of Chart change requires decision at 2 Annual General Meetings
  18. Motions and other received letters
  19. Other issues
  20. Meeting End

The annual report is available at the museum.

Motion to be available for the Board not later than Tuesday March 25, 2014.


Saab Car Museum Support Organization Board

Newsletter #2 2014

2014-03-04 - ADMIN

Newsletter #2 2014

Time again for a newsletter from the Saab Car Museum Support Organization. In this you can read about the launch of Saab:s 16-valve engine, which then, just over 30 years ago, was described as an engine for the future. This proved to be true, although we now may be facing the next revolution in form of electric motors. For now we can buy an upgraded version of the Saab 9-3 with a petrol engine. Deliveries will start in April, and the factory is now preparing by speeding up the assembly line. The support organization are getting bigger, we are now 156 members. The Board works with a range of projects, including preparation for the upcoming annual meeting. The invitation for this will soon be featured on this website.

It happened at Saab: March

On Press Day in Geneva, March 8, 1983, it was Saab that ”stole the show”, wrote the papers. ”Small Saab had done it again” - introduced a new, advanced engine project called the third generation turbocharged engine, planned from production as from the new year 1984. ”The new Saab turbocharged engine has twin overhead camshafts, 16 valves and the Saab APC system for controlling the charging pressure” wrote Saab in the press information. ”Since each cylinder has four valves, the spark plug can be located in the centre of the hemispherical combustion chamber to ensure more efficient combustion of the fuel/air mixture.”

”A new era in the history of engine design” said Saab in their brochures. ”The engine of the future” was what Per Gillbrand called the 16-valver. Seen in the rear-view mirror of history he was right, of course; all modern engines now use the four-valve technology.

/Per-Börje Elg

Newsletter #1 2014

2014-02-19 - ADMIN

Newsletter #1 2014

It happened at Saab: February

On February 4, 1960 Saab completes its purchase of ANA, AB Nyköpings Automobilfabrik, which takes over the Saab sales operation in Sweden as from September. The Saab 96, which replaced the 93F, was introduced in Stockholm on February 17, 1960, a grey day, chilly and gusty, with swirling snow. Seen from the outside, the Saab 96 was the same car as the 93F as far as the door pillars, but it had an entirely new rear section. However, with its new and bigger engine and new dashboard it was in practice a completely new car. In the introductory advertisements the ”sensational Saab 96” was described as appealing, easy to drive and beautiful in its lines. ”Take the Saab 96 for a trial run, sample the prompt acceleration of the 42 hp engine, experience the fantastic roadholding performance. You´ll be in raptures!” The old green ”jungle-drum” of 1950 had developed into a new and up-to-date car, especially when it was finished in the No 1 fashion colour of the sixties: white (”Polar White” was available from Model Year 1961). Sales of Saab rose in record style to peak in 1964 with 28 894 cars on the home market.

Focuses for the museum in the future

2014-02-16 - ADMIN

Focuses for the museum in the future

In this article Innovatum Science Centers manager Margareta Hallin talks about the focus for the museum in the coming years. The plan is to start this summer with a year for the Saab enthusiasts with different activities ending up in a Saab festival in the summer of 2015. The second year will focus on the industrial society and the history of motoring. Finally, there will be a third year about innovations, technology and design. This year will be aimed at kids and youths. Hopefully these plans can come true, it's all upp to the proper funding from the participants.

Source: TTELA (swedish)

Newsletter #2 2013

2014-02-11 - ADMIN

Newsletter #2 2013

Newsletter from Saab Car Museum Support Organisation

The Weekends are coming to an end and it's almost time to return to everyday life. But christmas is not quite over yet, here comes an extra Christmas present in the form of a packed newsletter with lyrics autographed Per-Borje Elg.

It happened at Saab: December

Serial production of the Saab 92 commenced on December 12, 1949, two-and-a-half years after the introduction in the summer of 1947. In January 1950, when Philipsons was able to begin delivering cars, the firm had a waiting list which, it was claimed, contained anything from 15 000 to 35 000 names. But production did not proceed at the same rate; in the early days only four cars a day rolled out of the factory, and in the first full year, calendar year 1950, it turned out no more than 1 246 cars.

As far as Saab was concerned, a new era began on December 15, 1989. By three o´clock in the afternoon all employees who could do so had suspended work to listen to the radio. The news was directly transmitted from the press conference which began precisely at that hour in Stockholm. The afternoon paper Expressen had already begun sending out the first placards proclaiming ”Fiat to buy Saab” when the error came to light. General Motors, in formal terms GM Europe, then announced its interest in buying a 50% stake in the car operation and carrying it on in conjunction with Saab-Scania in the form of a newly launched enterprise, Saab Automobile AB. The new company was formed on March 15, 1990.

It happened at Saab: January

On January 24, 1963 Erik Carlsson, with Gunnar Palm as co-driver, won the Monte Carlo Rally, for the second year in a row. That was the first time since 1932-33 that anyone had succeeded in winning the Rally two years in succession.

Thursday January 12, 1984 - 30 years ago - was launch date for the Saab 900 Turbo 16 Aero. The event took place at the Brussels Motor Show, on press day before the show opened to the public January 13-20, 1984. The Saab stand was litterally invaded by a curious motoring press. ”A metallic gleaming, vanilla-ice-cream-coloured 900 Turbo, luxuriously equipped and fitted with specially designed spoilers, stole the show”, reported one magazine.

”A new era in the history of engine design” said Saab in their brochures, about the new 16-valve turbo engine, previously introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1983, but now for the first time available in the model range. Saab 900 Turbo 16 Aero was the top-of-the-range model. The engine, fitted with intercooler, had an output of 175 hp and top speed was quoted at/h. Its launch color was Pearl with leather upholstery in Colorado Red but it was to be available also in Black and Silver. When sales and deliveries began during spring, however, the Pearl colour was no longer available.

It couldn´t keep its name, either. Saab 900 Turbo 16 Aero was renamed Turbo 16S on most European markets and when it came to the USA in 1985 it was called SPG - Saab 900 Turbo with Special Performance Group. A ”Super-Saab” it was, anyway.

Newsletter #1 2013

2014-01-27 - ADMIN

Newsletter #1 2013

In this newsletter , the Board of Saab Car Museum Support Organisation will write about what's happening in the organisation. As a bonus for the members , we will also present unique archival materials from the museum's archives , lovely Saab images complemented with texts by renowned motor journalist Per- Borje Elg .

News from the Board

During the autumn the Board conducted three meetings and one extra general meeting. The extra general meeting was held because of the extended accounting year. During the board meetings a number of issues has been discussed. Among other things, the Board has worked to establish working groups for different purposes, and to discuss projects in cooperation with the museum. One of these projects have also been implemented. With financial support from the organisation a unique Saab has been reconditioned, one of the prototype cars for Saab 99 CombiCoupe. This car is now ready to be exhibited and will appear in time for the 40th anniversary of the CombiCoupe next year.

It happened at Saab: November

The British RAC Rally took place on November 21-26, 1960. It was won by Saab and Erik Carlsson, with Englishman Stuart Turner, later head of compeition at BMC, Castrol and Ford, as co-driver. The rally stretched over nearly 2000 miles. The weather was bad. It snowed, which did not make navigating the small British roads any easier. The Saab 96 was not only fastest on the special stages, it was also the only car to reach the finishing line without a time penalty for late arrival at any of the checkpoints. Erik Carlsson and Saab won the British RAC Rally also in 1961 and 1962, three victories in a row.

From ”Mr Saab - the tale of Erik Carlsson”

It happened at Saab: November

On November 22, 1967 the first press preview of the Saab 99 took place. It took place in Stockholm. On the stage stood the sheeted car, one of fifty pilot-series vehicles which Saab had begun to build in June 1967 using the right press tools. The car now received its official name, the Saab 99, but to the disappointment of the journalists there were as yet no specimens that they could take for a test drive. There was to be a delay of nearly a year before the cars went on sale.

Report from the extra organization meeting

2013-11-11 - ADMIN

Report from the extra organization meeting

On 24 October 2013 an extra organization meeting of Saab Car Museum Support Association was held. The reason that an extra meeting was held was that the organization had an extended accounting year and that the membership fee for 2014 had to be decided.

The meeting opened with the usual formalities. As chairman of the meeting were seated Gunnar Larsson and secretary sitting Eva Östling. As adjusters Patrik Simonsson and Bernt Ohlsson was elected.

The next item on the agenda was a short presentation of the directors and what has been done since the association was formed. The Board has worked with practical solutions for the administration, including a website and a membership directory. In connection with this, the association's first sponsor was recruited. This sponsor is Scorpion Data who provides webhosting and hosting for the member database.

The board has also developed solutions for the payment of member fees and the management of the association's money, the latter through a discount agreement with Handelsbanken.

Much time has also been devoted to develop plans for how the association's money should be used. Plans for short and long term in the form of large and small projects to create a more engaging and living museum are discussed. Several projects have also been launched which will soon be seen in museum exhibits.

Current members

As for members, the association now has 139 members. The goal is that this will increase to at least 1,000 members in 2014. The association has received 27800 SEK in membership fees and 26400 SEK in donations.

The work ahead

In 2014, the Board will continue to work on more projects, including improving information on the cars in the showroom. The Board also wishes help from the members with the translation of documents, with collection of photos, with videos and more related to Saab, pictures and stories of people who worked at Saab, and more. According to the wishes of the meeting, the Board will also work to improve the exchange of information with the enthusiast clubs.

The membership fee

The meeting set the membership fee for 2014 to 200 SEK as proposed.

Other issues

It was suggested that the board buy a laptop for ease of administration.

The meeting ended

The meeting ended with a small excursion into the museum's workshop. It gave attendees a look at something very exciting, a prototype that is being done in order to exhibit. This is a project funded by the support organization, and the result will be shown early next year.

Bulletin from the Organization Meeting

2013-10-03 - ADMIN

Bulletin from the Organization Meeting

Welcome to the extra general meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 18.00 at the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan. Agenda can be found here (swedish & english).

The Organization is formed

2012-10-26 - ADMIN

The Organization is formed

Thursday, October 25 held a constitutional generating association meeting to form Saab Car Museum Support Association. The meeting was held at the Saab Car Museum and had about 40 participants. Among these was particularly legendary Eric Carlsson, "Carlsson on the Roof".

The main point on the agenda was the decision on the association's formation, something that the meeting approved.

The meeting elected a board that, with this taking over after the interrimsstyrelse elected at the inaugural meeting in June. The meeting also took a decision to approve the stadgeförslag as developed by interrimsstyrelsen. There was also elected auditors and a Nomination Committee. Finally, also established the membership fee of 200 Swedish kronor.