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Overview

Saab, or to use its full name, "Svenska Aeroplan AB" first moved into motor manufacture in 1945 as an additional arm to its aircraft business. The Swedish company offered its first model the 92 in 1949. This car was replaced in 1960 by the 96, a model which would sell well outside of Sweden despite its quirky specification.

The first Saab cars used a transverse mounted twin cyl. two-stroke motor based upon the pre-war DKW F Series FWD car engine.  The engine was positioned ahead of the front wheels and slightly to one side in the engine bay. The better known three cylinder engine came later. Early Saab models used a mixture of two-stroke engines and light aerodynamic bodywork.

These early cars were strong and dependable and proved effective in many rallying events around the world. By 1969 Saab had merged with the Scania truck company and two companies were themselves purchased by General Motors in 1989.

Today the company continues to build its high quality sports-saloon models (plus estate and convertible variants) which rival other manufacturers such as BMW and Alfa-Romeo. Most Saab models now share components with Opel and Vauxhall although their characters differ greatly.

Models produced by Saab

9-3 4 Dr Saloon

9-3 4 Dr Saloon

2004-2004

9-3 Convertible

9-3 Convertible

2004-2004

9-5 4 Dr Saloon

9-5 4 Dr Saloon

2004-2004

9-5 Estate

9-5 Estate

2004-2004

900

900

1977-1993

900 16V

900 16V

1988-1992

900 Turbo

900 Turbo

1978-0

9000

1986-0

9000 Turbo

9000 Turbo

1985-0

92

92

1949-1956

93

93

1955-1960

95

95

1959-1968

95 V4

95 V4

1966-1979

96

96

1960-1968

96 V4

96 V4

1966-1979

99

99

1967-1984

99 Turbo

99 Turbo

1977-1980

CD

1988-0

CD Turbo

1988-0

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

1966-1968

Sonett

Sonett

1966-1974

Sonnett I

Sonnett I

1956-1956

Sonnett II

1966-1970

Sonnett III

1970-1974

Sport

Sport

1962-1968