Saab History

Retro Saab: Made in Uusikaupunki

Oh, sweet nostalgia…

From the factory in Uusikaupunki (Finland), from the production line came a huge number of beautiful Saab car. Today it is a modern factory that no longer produces Saab cars….

Such a gem of a picture from the Valmet Automotive archives – and true handicraft in car manufacturing. A Saab-Valmet pro giving the finishing touch to the Saab 96 body in May 1973 – Welding was still very much a manual work in the 1970s.:

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Saab 96 in Valmet

Another gem – Saabs Model 1976 Year leaving the factory… probably in August and September 1975.

Saab 96 leaving the factory

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And a delightful image from almost 50 years ago!

Painted Saab 95 and Saab 96 bodies are brought to Uusikaupunki from Trollhättan – the production started in Finland before the paint shop was taken into use:

Saabs from Valmet

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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.

1 Comment

  • I used to work there at the Saab plant in Uusikaupunki in the late 80’s, early 90’s, when we built the 90/900/9000 models. Nowadays I live in the USA, and own a 1999 9-3 Convertible, made in Uusikaupunki!

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