Category Archives: Saab History

‘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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The 30th anniversary of the Saab Convertible!

The 30th anniversary of the Saab Convertible is coming up! Can you believe next month is the 30 year anniversary of the Saab convertible? Thankfully, the Rocky Mountain Saab club is having a rally to celebrate. The Rocky Mountain Saab Club is for Saab owners in and around the Denver, Boulder, and Front Range Areas
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Saab 9-3 – How It All Begun?

1997 Saab 900 received a facelift and renaming complementary to its new larger sibling: it would now be called the Saab 9-3. SAAB same year began the development of a completely new model Saab 9-3, new mid-size D-Sector model. Hatchback or four-door sedan, that was the question. Although hatchbacks have traditionally been very popular, and Saab has traditionally been known for
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Saab 900 Sport Coupé Today in Uusikaupunki

As per request, here are a few images of one of the most intriguing cars on display at the Uusikaupunki Valmet Automotive plant today – the Saab 900 Sport Coupé. Interesting, this car was impressive project in every aspect, first concept car done using modern CAD technology in design, analysis and component manufacturing. The new
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Saab 9000 Coupe Concept

What a find from Valmet Automotive’s archives… In 1989, Uusikaupunki designers envisioned a 2-door Saab 9000 convertible (a concept was made of this) – and a hitherto unknown 2-door Saab 9000 sedan, as well! And that’s not all, in addition to sketches, ASC or “American Sunroof Company”, made Saab 9000 Coupe concept! It toured the Saab car
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Rare video: Saab Performance Team

Motoring TV has hosted its fair share of cool car stuff over the last 29 years, but there’s perhaps nothing cooler than what the Saab Performance Team brought to the table in 1996. With a handful of Saab 900 Turbos (NG) at its disposal, the Saab Performance Team put on a synchronized driving display for the
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Saab V8 Engine

Unfortunately, this is another Saab product that never went into production. Here’s a real tour de force of Finnish know-how, the rare Saab V8 engine now located at the Uusikaupunki Valmet Automotive plant. Tootal, only 5 SAAB V8 engines were made, one is in the factory in Linnavuori, Finland (on pictures), two are in the SAAB museum
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The fastest Saab of its time – the Viggen

This is The fastest Saab of its time (up until 2006) – A high-powered version of the Saab 9-3 was the “Viggen“. Of course, It was named after the Saab 37 Viggen aircraft. Production ended in 2002.  The Saab 9-3 Viggen was developed jointly by Saab Automobile AB’s Special Vehicles Operations team and the Oxfordshire, England-based TWR
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Extended versions of the Saab 99 and 900

Here’s the kind of image Saab fans can only expect from Valmet Automotive. After designing, engineering and manufacturing extended versions of the Saab 99 and Saab 900 models in Uusikaupunki, Finns had plans for a Saab 9000 limousine, but these were never realized and all they have left are designs, now in Valmet Automotive’s archives. Saab
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