SAAB Concepts

Saab 98 – Combi Coupé based on the Saab 95

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Only two years after production of the Saab 99 started, work was begun on a new project – X14. Its Saab 98 – straight from the Saab museum comes this beauty that never came to fruition, but can enjoy it either way. Saab 98 was the number used by Saab for a project in 1974 making a combi coupé based on the Saab 95.

The Combi Coupé was essentially a hatchback that was a cross between a comfortable family saloon and an estate car.

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Originally it was called X14. The construction of the 98 was based on the Saab 95 floorpan and the design was made by Björn Envall. The prototype was assembled by Sergio Coggiola who had already done work on the Saab Sonett III.

his was planned as a Combi Coupe version, as long as the 95 but more a sedan than a station wagon.
his was planned as a Combi Coupe version, as long as the 95 but more a sedan than a station wagon.

Only “a couple of test cars”were built up to 1976 and the project was abandoned as Saab decided there was no room in the market for a car between the Saab 95 and Saab 99. The project was, nonetheless, an interesting development of a much-loved model (the 95) and might have delayed that successful format’s demise, had this model achieved production status.

The only surviving Saab 98, in ‘Siena Brown‘, licence plate (Swedish) AYX 330 started its life as a white Saab 95 registered on 7 September 1973, is currently on display in the Saab Museum in Trollhättan. The experimental Saab 98 was painted in one of the new 1974 colours, Sienna Brown, and had the same model year’s new front grille of plastic. A neat, driveable tin box of which only one exists.

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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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