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Saab 900 Turbo S Convertible in The Grand Tour intro!

Amazon series The Grand Tour celebrates a Finnish Christmas from Kakslauttanen, deep within the Arctic Circle. In this show, Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson have some Christmas gift suggestions for the car enthusiast. In the trailer for episode 6 we can see the beautiful Saab classic – Saab 900 Convertible. In addition to this beautiful Saab classic,
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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 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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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 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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Saab 900 Sport Coupé

The 1994 model of the Saab 900 represents the second generation of this model which is now based on the Opel Vectra platform and even shares some parts with this car. One from a series of 900 concepts was this Sport Coupe 900 concept by Valmet Automotive. For many, this is the most beautiful Saab ever
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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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Saab 96 and Saab 99 on a production line

Here’s a rare and interesting photos from the company Valmet Automotive. Photo is from 1972 and there we see early days of car manufacturing in Uusikaupunki – Saab 96s and Saab 99s as far as the eye can see! In that Saab factory in Finland has produced a total of 65,887 units of Saab 96 and 191,049 units
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Saab Convertible that never reached production

Here’s another interesting and unknown story from the history of Saab, which reveals Valmet Automotive. This is Another great find from the Valmet Automotive archives: a sporty looking design for a Saab cabriolet that never reached production. Could this have sold – what do you think? Would probably have sold very well in the late 80s
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Saab 96 – The Last One

Saab 96 – The last one. On January 8, 1980 the very last Saab 96 was completed at the Valmet Automotive plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland! Off the production line, the car was driven by the late great Erik Carlsson directly to the Saab museum. The number 730,607 denotes the total production run of the Saab
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