Out the back of the Saab Museum – part II

In part one of our tour around the back-end of the Saab Museum, I showed you a whole bunch of cars that they’ve got there, but don’t generally have on display in the main museum area.

Now I’d like to show you around another area out the back, one in which I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time in. In fact, a Saab enthusiast could spend a week and barely cover a quarter of what’s out here. I’m talking, of course, about the museum’s archives.

Dave and I were there for only around an hour and that was after spending the previous 5 or 6 hours either looking over or driving some of the Saab Museum’s own display vehicles. Needless to say, our minds were already spinning!

This is just a quick look around – about a dozen photos – of the still beating heart of Saab’s History.

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This is common view in the archive: heaps of compacted shelving that hold all manner of Saab information. There’s manuals for everything, advertising materials, even Saab Club magazines from various parts of the world.

And a few looks inside some of those compacted units:

There are also a whole heap of file drawers for flat storage of various sketches, technical drawings, original artwork and etc.

The museum has a whole bunch of classic and rare Saab photography, too. Much of it is of the old competition days and of course, I was drawn to the Saab 99 images (and this was before I’d bought the 99T!)

All of you collectors out there might want to study these boards to see what badges you might be missing 🙂

Unfortunately this one was partially obscured by some old TV monitors. Best I could do….

And finally, one of my favourite areas – scale models of all sorts of Saab models and concept models over the years. I’ll get the original photos and try and enlarge each one individually. To be posted soon.

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Again, my thanks must go to Peter Backstrom at the Saab Museum for the access he allowed us and the things we were able to see there.

It was the Saab day of a lifetime!

These photos are viewable as an album on Picasa.

Saab Museum could be threatened

Swedish publication Allt om Motor featured an article over the weekend indicating that the Saab Museum in Trollhattan could come under threat, perhaps even during the re-organsation process.
They interviewed a re-organisation administrator, though not the one involved in Saab’s re-organisation, who has emphasised the fact that sentimentality plays no part in the re-organisation process. The objective is to clean up the balance sheet and organise the business in such a way that it can be profitable in the future.

During the reorganization process, the Museum is of no value. The job now is to clean up the balance sheet and nothing else. But in case it becomes bankrupt museum can have problems, “says Rolf Åbjörnsson.
– If there is a commercial value of several million in the museum there is a risk that the collection could be sold at auction. Social or cultural values are not taken into account in the event of bankruptcy, it is purely monetary flow that applies, he believes.

There may be a little bit that’s lot in translation there. I’m not sure if he’s implying that the museum could be sold off during re-organisation, or just in the event that Saab’s re-organisation ends in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Saab Museum curator, Peter Bäckström, feels fairly comfortable with the immediate future:

Saab Automobile AB owns and operates the museum, but the property belongs to Trollhättan municipality. What will happen to the museum if Saab is closed, nobody knows. But museum Director Peter Bäckström is hopeful.
– Saab is Trollhättan. The reorganization process will be challenging, but it would surprise me if the administrator felt the need to close the museum, “he says.

I hope that’s correct. I’d hate to see all those beautiful cars just sold off to the highest bidder.
I’m sure that any future purchase of Saab will include the 110 vehicles in the Museum’s collection. If not, then I hope the city of Trollhattan will take steps to ensure the collection’s future.
That’s something I’d definitely donate towards.
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