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San Francisco Saab cars and a little Saab Quantum history

Saab Quantum

San Francisco is an amazing, You see a lot of Saabs on the streets there, and that probably fits with the idea that lots of Swedes have that Saab is popular among well-educated Americans. Mainly in and around San Francisco there are 13 Saab workshops, including both independent operators and official Saab service centers.

One of the most famous saab connoisseurs is Saab veteran Paul Perry at the Swedish Auto Factory. He’s had to change the name of the company a few times over the years for legal reasons.

Paul Perry's Saab 96
Paul Perry’s Saab 96

Paul has worked with Saab his whole life, although he runs an independent business. His organization is entirely focused on repairing and selling second-hand Saab cars. His face is well-known in American Saab circles, particularly from the race tracks where he drives in various official sports car competitions, often in a Saab 96.

Like many other Saab enthusiasts, Paul has a great private collection, including his treasured Saab Quantum. Many people in Sweden will have no idea what this car is, so here’s a little history for you. Saab Quantum was a series of five cars built in the USA. The earliest examples used the two-stroke engine, transmission and suspension from the Saab 93, while the later versions used drivetrains and suspension parts from the Saab 96.

Paul Perry and his Saab Quantum

Saab Quantum

The Quantum I was built in 1959 with an aluminum chassis designed by IBM’s Walter Kern in his spare time. The car only had the most basic bodywork to start with, but after a few tests it was more or less complete.
The Quantum II was almost identical to its predecessor, and both were equipped with water-cooled, three-cylinder two-stroke engines. These cars were prototypes and were never intended for production.
The Quantum III was given a completely new design and was intended to be produced in greater numbers, but Saab Sweden was not satisfied with the quality so it was turned down.
The Quantum IV was built in 1964 to the same design. It was sold as a kit car and was intended for the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Formula S series.
The Quantum V, built in 1965, had a Ginetta body. It was also equipped with a two-stroke engine.

This was a part of the diary blog written by Thomas Sundström, who has worked with and for Saab for almost four decades. Unfortunately, the blog is closed, so in this way we are trying to save the Saab heritage