Saab History

Saab 99 Finlandia – Extended versions of the Saab 99 and 900

Extended Saab 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 99 GLE-L

This is the first extended Saab model made in Valmet Autoomotive in Uusikaupunki (Finland) – Saab 99 GLE-L from 1976. The front part comes from the Saab 99, the rear from the future Saab 900


Saab 99 GLE-L
Extended Saab 99 GLE-L


Very rare extended Saab 99 Finlandia, made as a car for statemen – Electric mirrors with power-assisted automatic gearbox and special interior design…  Manufactured at Saab’s factory in Finland, and this model –  a total of 23 Finlandias were made.

The model quickly got the nickname “saunanikkuna” (“sauna window”) because of the small extra window between doors. The production of the lengthened SAAB 99 started in 1977 when a total of 23 Finlandias were made.

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  • The 99 was available as a combi-coupe from 1974 onwards so the rear is not from a 900 (introduced in 1978). Also, you have a typo in Valmet name.

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