Mellberg one-off Saab for sale (again)

It was for sale in Sweden on Blocket.se last year….

And it’s back up for sale again. This time in Sweden once again, but from a website based in Germany.

Not much is known about this car. It was built by a custom Saab builder named Leif Mellberg, back when print media was king. The car featured in an edition of Bilsport magazine, but we don’t know much more than that.

The asking price in 2009 was around 47,000 Euros and it’s holding it’s value because the new owner is asking 49,000 Euros.

Thanks Ricardo!

Another Mellberg Saab?

UPDATE below
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I posted earlier today about the Leif Mellberg Mayo P1, a car based on Saab mechanicals and made by a guy who made a name for himself in Sweden as a custom car builder.
In comments to that post, Jacco left some links to a French publication that had some better quality photos of the car (much appreciated!)
What piqued my curiosity, however, was one of the images of a different car within the same story.
MellbergCoupe.jpg
Anyone know anything about this one? Is it another one of Mellberg’s creations?
Whilst it looks a bit similar to the ‘Saaberrari’, it seems to have Saab 9000 rear lights, different doors and window arrangements behind the doors, which makes me think it’s a different car all together rather than a prototype of the same car.
Anyone recognise it?
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UPDATE
Tompa recalls seeing this car at a Bilsport motor show back in the early 1990s. Apparently it was simply called “Future” and was indeed another Leif Mellberg creation.
Here’s a photo Tompa took at the show. Click to enlarge.
MellbergSaab_1990.jpg
Thanks to Tompa for the updated info!

Does anyone know the whereabouts of the Mayo P1?

This is another custom built car based on Saab mechanicals by a guy named Leif Mellberg. We’ve covered a couple of Mellberg’s custom Saabs in the past, though this one may be the most distinctive yet.
MayoP1-1.jpg
This car is called the Mayo P1 and it was built in the early 1990s using a lot of parts from the Saab 9000. Mellberg built it based on designs by Sune Envall, the brother of legendary Saab designer, Bjorn Envall.
Mellberg envisioned a run of 20 of these vehicles, but only one was ever made, mostly due to economic conditions at the time. The car cost around 1.5million SEK and that’s in 1991 money!
MayoP1-2.jpg
The all-important stats on the car:

  • Build/Design: Leif Mellberg, Sune Envall.
  • Body: two-seater sports coupe with pop-up mirrors integrated in the doors.
  • Engine: Mid-mounted 2.3-liter Saab (located in front of the rear axle), turbocharged, four valves per cylinder, DOHC technology, modified steering system, increased boost pressure.
  • Transmission: 5-speed from Saab, modified and with a higher gear.
  • Drive: Rear-wheels.
  • Front suspension: Individual, modified Saab 9000 front axle.
  • Rear suspension: Individual modified Saab 9000 rear end.
  • Brakes: Ventilated discs. Custom 4-piston caliper front.
  • Wheels: 16 “Aero wheels, Bridgestone tires, 245/40-16.
  • Interior: Completely custom design, leather / suede, electrically adjustasble custom designed seats based on Recaro.
  • Dimensions: Length: 400 cm. Height: 104 cm. Wheelbase: 260 cm.
  • Track width: 160 cm.
  • Curb weight: 1,100 kg.
  • Performance: Not tested, but the calculations give 0-100 km/h at 6 seconds. The theoretical top speed is 280 km/h.

MayoP1-3.jpg
I hadn’t heard of this car prior to receiving an email from one of the writers from Tekniken’s Varld today. Well, I though I hadn’t heard of it, but when I did a search I found that a reference had been made to it in comments here, in a prior post. That comment contained the link from which I obtained the information you’re seeing now.
I got the impression that the guys at Tekniken’s would like track the car down. Actually, these photos look like magazine scans and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re originally from Teknikens Varld.
If you’ve got any idea as to where the car might be today, please feel free to drop some knowledge either via comments or email. It really would be great to track these unique ‘Saabs’ down.
MayoP1-4.jpg
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Other Mellberg Saab-based vehicles that we’ve covered in the past:
Saab Speeder
‘Saaberrari’ – my name for it – and better photo here
There is some talk that Mellberg may have had a hand in the Saab EV-1 concept car, too, though I’d not heard that before.

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