SAAB Concepts

Saab CX & EX

A rather odd Saab entry for the marketplace category this time, which was christened ‘CX‘. Now this is not some original factory one-off but a custom Saab designed and built by a guy from Oslo, Norway, called Per Ekstrøm. 1997 for the 50th anniversary the Norwegians Per Ekstrømpresented in Trollhättan its own SAAB.

A Saab Coupé, as extreme as it is unique: Per is a car body expert and he created a 3.90 meter short sports coupé with what is probably the crispest rear end in Saab history. You may not believe it, but it took Per as much as 2500 hours to get the classic Saab into This unique Saab dream coupé.

Saab CX – Extreme in every way

In 1992, car body repair specialist Per Ekstrøm fulfilled this dream based on a Saab 99, the car he gave a new modern, crazy look. With body parts from Saab 900 Turbo and 9000, he modeled a new car that was half a meter shorter than a Saab 99. The car is 3.90m long.

Saab CX: bronze grill, long hood, large wheels, short wheelbase.
Saab CX: bronze grill, long hood, large wheels, short wheelbase.

Basically it’s a chopped 1975 Saab 99 and pretty well chopped. It’s kind of butch, that low roofline and fat tyres encased in those grey plasticky bits for some reason really add something to the car without looking vulgair.

Ekstrøm even extended the hood so that the headlights from the 9000 fit well. The spoilers also come from the Saab 9000. However, the roof sits seven centimeters lower. The cockpit of a 900 is stuck in the cozy interior underneath.

Per used many bits here and there from newer Saab models which is probably why it still looks like Saab and not like a botch-job from a shed.

200hp Saab 900 T16 engine

Car apparently comes with a 200hp Saab 900 T16 engine and with that it will probably go like stink. The 200 hp engine also comes from a 900 Turbo, built in 1991. It only fit after Ekstrøm had changed the bulkhead of the body. Wheels and bumpers also come from the 900 Turbo. The result creates enthusiasm: the fans of a brand meeting in Trollhättan voted the CX 1992 the “greatest Saab in the world”.

Saab EX

Curiously the guy who designed this car also built a similar model called the ‘EX‘ which alongside the CX turned up at a Saab festival in Tröllhättan a few years ago. Actually a great design. It’s definitely a mongrel, NG900 tail lights, looks like a 9000 CS bumper, definitely some parts that didn’t even exist until 1994. It’s a Mashup of a few different years and models, along with some entirely custom fabricated panels. Super Aero wheels to boot!

Saab EX by Per Ekstrøm
Saab EX by Per Ekstrøm

An even more powerful engine was built into this car, There he has a 2.3 liter engine with Aero turbo. The engine produces 302 HP and has Nordic stage 3. This car is fast. 80 -120 in 3 gears in 3.1 sec and in 4 gives 4.0 sec.

The work of a Norwegian from Oslo, Per Ekstrom, in tribute to the special design of the Swedish brand.
The work of a Norwegian from Oslo, Per Ekstrom, in tribute to the special design of the Swedish brand.
EX -  If it looks like a coupe based on the 900 NG GM era, it is in fact largely made on the basis of a 9000
If it looks like a coupe based on the 900 NG GM era, it is in fact largely made on the basis of a 9000

Per lives in the Oslo area and he has won many awards for his cars over the years.

image source: clubsaabespana.com