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Greta Molander – The First Driver to Win a Prize for Saab!

Greta Molander Saab rally driver

Greta Molander (23 August 1908 – 20 March 2002) was a Swedish/Norwegian rally driver and writer. She was born in Ystad, and grew up in Nyköping and Stockholm.

She started in her first rally in 1929. Her Monte Carlo Rally debut came in 1933, and she won the Coupes des Dames in 1937 and in 1952. She competed in the first European Rally Championship in 1953, where she won the women’s class.

Shots of the start gate for the 1933 Monte Carlo Rally. Flags of many countries fly above the gate…

Grety Molander's Saab - scale model 1/43

Grety Molander’s Saab 92 – scale model 1/43

Greta Molander was the first driver to win a prize for Saab on the Monte Carlo Rally. She took the Ladies Cup in 1952, driving a Saab 92, ten years before Erik Carlsson achieved the first of his two Monte Carlo victories.

Rolf Mellde/K G Svedberg and Greta Molander/Margaretha von Essen take part in the Monte Carlo Rallye in January 1950. The two cars have chassis numbers 7 and 8 respectively. Greta Molander comes in 55th overall, Sth in her class and 2nd in the Ladies Class. In the Rikspokalen in November, at that time Europe’s most gruelling event, Saab is the overall winner with Rolf Mellde, and is the best marque team with Mellde, Svedberg and Greta Molander, who also wins the Ladies Class.

Greta and Saab 92 1950

Greta and Saab 92 1950

Greta Molander and Helga Lundberg win the Ladies Cup in the Monte Carlo Rally.

Greta Molander and Helga Lundberg win the Ladies Cup in the Monte Carlo Rally 1952.

She competed in the first European Rally Championship in 1953, where she won the women’s class. She published seveal books from her travel expeditions, in the United States, Mexico, the African continent, and China.

Greta Molander / Saab 92

Greta Molander / Saab 92

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