Category Archives: Saab History

“The Classic Saab 900” Book by Richard Horner

Ever wanted to know something more about the classic Saab 900? Check out this book, “The Classic Saab 900“, by Richard Horner, (ISBN 9781445653730). 96 pages full of thoroughly researched information. Valmet Automotive is a proud contributor to the contents of this book. Richard Horner more than 16 years’ experience as an editor, journalist and proofreader
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Saab 96 in the Body Shop (1973)

here’s another great historical photos from the archives of the Valmet Automotive company, which has for many years produced various Saab models. A wonderful color shot from the Uusikaupunki plant showing the body shop in 1973. The Saab 96 looks absolutely gorgeous: On January 8, 1980 the very last Saab 96 was completed at the Uusikaupunki
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Saab Design: Convertible vs. Coupé

Should you choose a convertible or a coupe? It’s an age-old debate… Convertibles usually offer some kind of fixed or pop-up roll bar to protect passengers in the event of a rollover accident. Contemporary convertible design may include such features as boron steel reinforced A-pillars, front and side airbags, safety cage construction and roll over protection structures
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SAAB in Basketball

Saab has long used sponsorship to promote the Saab brand experience. Of course, Saab is the most sponsored motorsport, but local importers of Saab cars are sponsored other sports too. In football, Swedish car manufacturers Saab became FC Manchester City’s first shirt sponsor in 1982.  Except of City, local Saab dealer in UK sponsored another football club in Manchester
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Saab Turbo 16 with Saab Direct Ignition (SDI)

A flash from the past – the Saab Turbo 16 with Saab Direct Ignition (SDI) from 1985. The engine could release of a burst of sparks to burn away moisture on the spark plug electrodes if the engine fails to start first time from cold – a flash indeed. Sometimes we all need a little
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How It’s Made: Saab 9000

The deal was a part of the 1980s co-operation between the Swedish Saab and the Italian Fiat Group, which includes Lancia and Alfa Romeo in addition to Fiat. The partnership also resulted in the ‘Type 4’ project, which provided the common platforms for the Saab 9000, the Lancia Thema, the Fiat Croma and the Alfa
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F1 Legend Keke Rosberg Promoted Saab 900 Turbo

From 1978 to 2003, Finnish company Valmet Automotive made over 444.000 Saab 900 cars. For a country with such a small population (Finland) there’s obviously something very special in the Finnish air which them allowed to make such good cars and have great motorists like: Kimi Raikkonen, Mika Hakkinen, Ari Vatanen, Mika Salo, Keke Rosberg (Keijo Erik Rosberg) and
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‘Monte Carlo’ edition of the Saab 900 Convertible

ex Saab-Valmet (Valmet Automotive) joint venture is often referred to as specialty manufacturer – and for a very good reason, as they have made special series of standard cars since the 1980s! Here’s the special ‘Monte Carlo‘ edition of the Saab 900 cabriolet. Often referred to as the ‘Bumblebee’ because of the unique Monte Carlo Yellow paint,
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Saab 900 in all available color alternatives

This is  very interesting photo from Finland… Picture shows all available color alternatives for the Saab 900, starting with florentine yellow, black, cherry red, magenta brown… – 10 variations altogether (for MY 1987). The picture is taken in front of the Uusikaupunki (Finland) Saab Valmet Automotive plant façade in 1987: First generation Saab 900 (OG) is most produced
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Unfulfilled Dream: Super Saab 9-5 Viggen with 285 hp!

This is an interesting Saab story of 2001. In fact, 1998 has started production of special “Viggen” model – A high-powered version of the Saab 9-3 was the “Viggen”, as it wrote the Swedish Aftonbladet. On the success of the 9-3 Viggen model, the SAAB Cars company was preparing at the time a special version of Saab
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444.000 Saab 900 cars from Valmet

In all its appearances, this is the car Saab 900 Valmet Automotive has manufactured the most and the longest (in Uusikaupunki plan).  In a fact the most produced Saab model was the first generation Saab 900 (OG) including all the fabulous Saab 900 Cabriolet. The production of Saab cars in Finland started in 1969, first for
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Saab 900 Convertible “Nashville” Prototype

Just yesterday we were reminded of the beautiful anniversary – The 30th anniversary of the Saab Convertible, and today here’s a very interesting image taken just thirty years ago. It was the time of creation of the Saab Convertible cars,  later – a real icon of the whole auto industry. This is a unique image (photos published for the first time): a Saab 900
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Saab on National Geographic Car History Channel

National Geographic published last week on its YT channel documentary video about Saab brand history (aired on the History Channel TV). It is an epic documentary that tells both the history of the Saab cars and the story of the eternal search for a better and safer cars. See this interesting documentary about Saab History, filmed twenty years
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