Saab History

Cool footage of the first Finnish Saab 96 rolling of the production line

The first Finnish Saab 96The first Finnish Saab 96

Last week a commemorative 50th Anniversary ceremony was held in the Finnish city of Uusikuaupunki. The first Saab car to come off the production lane in Finland was the Saab 96, with an EKA-96 license plate, and this car was delivered to then Finnish president Mr. Urho Kekkonen, in November 1969.

This is Cool footage of the first Saab 96 rolling of the production line on Uusikaupunki factory 50 years ago:

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Saab is an important part of Valmet Automotiveheritage, so it was sad to see this – the last Saab delivered by Valmet Automotive on April 24, 2003. Yet, they are proud of their decade-long cooperation with the company that was an automotive trendsetter. The news story described that the passenger car completed at the Saab-Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki was the beginning of a new era, as Finnish industry also joined the international present day.

The wreathed Saab was viewed by a group of invited guests and, of course, Olmet J. Mattila, CEO of Valmet Oy, was also admiring the new car. In 1969, the Uusikaupunki car factory was to produce 300 Saab 96 passenger cars, but the following year the production was expected to reach 15,000.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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