Category Archives: Saab History

“Americafied” Saab by Chuck Pelly

Charles W. Pelly, commonly Chuck Pelly, is an American industrial designer. Pelly is best known for founding the global design consultancy DesignworksUSA. Charles Pelly was a young talented designer who designed the Scarab sports cars in the late fifties. After completing his studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena he ended 1957
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Saab 900 Surface Friction Tester in Soviet Union

Here’s an interesting Saab video story from the former Soviet Union. By now, you’ve probably heard that Saab cars used for special purposes at airports around the world. Usually we see them on the big airports in the West, but Not commonly known that that Saab cars are used as surface friction testers at airports in the
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Saab Design: Saab 9-3 Mk1 (NG900)

On the top, very rare picture, you can see Designer Geoff Wardle working on a preliminary 1998 Saab 9-3 scale model in 1993, just one year before the launch of the Saab 900 NG. The NG 900 was principally the work of Norwegian designer Einar Hareide and Björn Envall (head designer for 9000), and evolved from their
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A Look at the SAAB Heritage Museum USA

Known Saab enthusiasts Tom Donney  formed a non profit corporation called SAAB HERITAGE MUSUEM USA (Fort Dodge, USA) for the purpose of Education and Preserving these cars as a group for future generations to enjoy. By the way, he has achieved several world speed records in Saab cars. This is a collection (video bellow) of some of the pictures
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Close-up look at the rare Saab V8 engine

Close-up look at the rare Saab V8 engine, made in Finland in 1989. The Saab V8 engine engineering in Finland in late 1980s – four stroke spark-ignition prototype. Director of the SAAB-Valmet Uusikaupunki car factory, had the idea for a SAAB V8 on one of his trips to United States. People loved the SAAB 900 Cabriolet
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Saab and The Aspen Police Department Ski Team

Here’s another interesting story from the history of the Saab company. Through history of brand, Saab cars has been used by police units in many countries around the world. Just yesterday we shared the story with readers on the use of Saab vehicles in the Kingdom of Oman Police Forces. And today, here’s another interesting
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A “Saabalicious” Story – Erik Carlsson Stunt Driving Demo for Oman Police

A “Saabalicious” story from Oman, an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Here’s another interesting story from Saab history that we believe will delight you. This story was shared on one of Saab forum by real Saab girl Kirsty Farnfield from UK. Her father – Mr Ronald Farnfield, took these photos when they lived in
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“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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