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Jetson’s Bubble SAAB

Wassabi car for Jetsons

Many older car fans remember the popular cartoon “The Jetsons” that used a “flying car” in bubble form (aerocar with a transparent bubble top). This Bubble form must have cemented the idea of a flying car or a car behind space travel for many. If the Jetsons from the American 60s series drove Saabs, then it would look something like this. 

To remind you, the cartoon series “Jetsons” was the first color television program on ABC, and the series was set in a “bright and optimistic future“. While the TV series itself was set in the distant future, the inspiration for several elements came from the 1950s and 1960s. For example, George Jetson‘s flying car was inspired by Ford’s concept FX-Atmos from 1954. And it was the Jetson’s car that inspired many automotive enthusiasts to create their own version of the Jetson’s vehicle, which of course cannot fly, but has three or four wheels.

Cutomized Saab car for the Jetsons Family
Cutomized Saab car for the Jetsons Family

One of them is this Finnish modified Saab. It’s a 1975 Saab 96 that Marco Hämäläinen from Orimattila, Finland, modified in his garage to look like it was meant for the Jetsons. The WaSaabi” project, on which father and son worked together, at one point, went in a completely new direction.

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Their -75 Saab 96 has become a genuine “bubble top” car. The cockpit is basically the only thing that is not produced by sheet metal work. Father and son’s story started with lowering the roof of the car, and when the roof disappeared they saw that the car looks just fine without the roof. The “Space” customization theme came to mind when choosing the color for this themed car.

After building this “Bubble Top” Saab two years ago, Marco and his family regularly exhibit this interesting car at rare car shows throughout Scandinavia. The building was completed about a year ago and thus makes its Swedish premiere at Elmia. Then a long tour with exhibitions is expected, probably “until 2062” when the Saab is in the same era as The Jetsons.

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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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