Hemmings Magazine Nov2010 – Saab Feature

Here’s a heads-up to keep a lookout for the November 2010 edition of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine.

As you can see from the front cover, above, there’s going to be quite the Saab feature in the November edition. Actually, there’ll be a couple of them.

From Mark McCourt, Associate Editor:

Sports & Exotic Car editor Dave LaChance and I enjoyed spending some time with GM engineer and Saab guru Gary Stottler, and his fantastic 99 EMS and 99 Turbo, last fall, and our cover story “Gudmund’s Glory” is the result of this visit.

A second special Saab feature in this same issue, “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” is the outcome of my July trip to the 2010 9-5 Aero media ride-and-drive event at the Monticello Motor Club, where Vintage Saab Club of North America president Bruce Turk’s Sonetts II and III were so beautifully displayed. We were able to tease some interesting comments from Victor, Jan-Ake and Jason Castriota about their favorite vintage Saabs, and how these older cars might play into the future of Saab design.

Sounds like some very interesting reading. My copy is on its way ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not sure exactly when this will hit the news stands, but I recommend US readers keep an eye out for it.

More brown Saabs…….

My Buzz-buddy dug out some more brown Saabs today to go along with the Java Metallic Saab 9-3 we showed earlier today.

It’s not a color you see that often, on Saabs or pretty much anything else.

Brown Saab 96

Brown Saab 99

And this one might be subject to some legal action if the company concerned finds out ๐Ÿ™‚ but let’s just keep it between you and me, eh?

It’s from Roy S…..

Brown Saabs

Saturday quick links

Gotta be quick. Plenty to do…..

I wrote about a very rare edition called the Saab 99 SSE some time ago. Golfhunter has managed to dig up a few more photos of the car and posted them, along with a bit of backstory (in French) over at Saabhuy.

Groovy roof, baby.


Associated Press story on Spyker’s mid-year report.

“In just a few months we have delivered several critical operational milestones ranging from restarting our manufacturing and product development to rebuilding our distribution network and undertaking the global launch of the all new Saab 9-5 model, which was extremely well received,” said Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson.

It’s easy to forget just how long the road been, sometimes.


If you get you’re constantly getting your sixlines mixed up with your OSRVM’s, you might need Jalopnik’s quick guide to automotive design.


Peter Gilbert, the million-mile Saab guy, is quite possibly thinking about putting a quick million on one of his other Saabs as he checks out the first of the new Saab 9-5s to land in Wisconsin.

They’re spreading……

Be good to one another…

Another SOC North America Story — the 16-valve Saab 99

UPDATED August 1 with information from the owner in comments.

I must say that I love stories like this one — a man with a plan. A plan that was complex enough to hold his attention and just absurd enough to make others scratch their heads about why he’d even attempt such a thing. On top of that, he actually had the patience to overcome some pretty difficult obstacles in the process.

So, here’s the premise: Starting with a relatively pedestrian 1973 Saab 99 four-door, upgrade it to a 16-valve power plant. Sounds reasonable, right? Just drop in a 16-valve B202 power plant (one of the “H” series engines) from a Saab 900 and you’re in business. Not so fast, my friend. Our friend Dave decided that he had to do it without cutting the firewall or any other structural piece of sheet metal; the notion that a minor repair such as a new belt would necessitate major disassembly simply left him cold. ย His conclusion: the project had to use a “B” engine block and lower components and the head and upper components from the B202. He succeeded in doing just that — mating the “B” engine block and components with the 16-valve equipment from the newer engine.

By his own estimation, the project took about four years of fiddling and tweaking. The completed power plant uses the heads, ignition, controls from a 1984 Saab 900S and the wiring harness from a 1986 Saab 900 S. The alternator is a modified C900 component, but the water pump, oil pump and gear box are from the 99 (although the gear box was uprated to a 5-speed). Dave and a machinist friend created a completely new timing chain arrangement, and moved the belt-driven components to new positions as needed and created mounts as necessary. Finally, the timing chain cover was a true hybrid, combining the lower portion of the “B” engine cover and the top part of the “H” engine cover.

They say that variety is the spice of life. If so, this is pretty darned spicy.

More photos after the jump.

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Saab O The Week – Saab 99 in Netherlands

One of our regular visitors here at SU, Robert P, recently headed down to take a look at this red 1971 Saab 99 and liked it so much that he bought it on the spot.
It might have helped that one of his companions on the trip was a 99 enthusiast, but still, it looks like he would have needed little prompting – he’s picked up a beauty here.
That companion on the trip was the guy who sent the photo in – G’day Nic – and I thought it was most fitting to become this week’s Saab O The Week.
This photo brought back a lot of memories for me.
I’ve never shown the car here because I never took any photos of it, but my first ever Saab was a 1972 Saab 99E finished in exactly the same colour as this one. I bought it in 1998 or 99. I don’t have any decent photos because it was before the digital camera age and I only had it a short time before my ex-Mrs wrote it off.
I still have the grille with the blue Saab badge hanging on the wall in my garage.
So congratulations, Robert. Enjoy this classic for as long as you can and don’t let my ex-Mrs anywhere near it!

An amazing not-so-little Saab 99

Look at this car……
……and the only thing giving away that it’s something special is that protrusion from under the front grill and some catches on the bonnet.
How special is it?
Watch this……

James over at Car Throttle has written this one up before I got a chance to, so rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll just point you towards his story covering this amazing not-so-little Saab 99.

The Saab 99

My upcoming project – restoring a Saab 99 Turbo – will begin in earnest later this week when I finally pick up the car and bring it home.
Naturally, I’ve got Saab 99 fever right now. Saab 99 Turbo fever, to be precise, but I’m happy to broaden my disease and include the entire 99 family.
What follows are a few entries I did back on Trollhattan Saab back in 2007. In March of that year, we had a month of Saab 99 loving, with lots of 99 stories and photos of owners’ cars. I kicked the month off with a few entries giving some background info on the Saab 99 in general.

The Saab 99 – a primer
Ever heard about the Saab – Daihatsu connection?
That’s one of the ways that Saab disguised prototypes of the Saab 99 during its testing phase – they crafted a “daihatsu” badge from a Saab Sport badge out of the Saab 96. The Saab 99 needed some disguising as it was the first all-new Saab in a long time and by the time it arrived it was the first new Saab model in around 19 years!
The Saab 99 was born from a project called Gudmund, named for the day on which the board took the decision to pursue the project – April 2, 1964 – Gudmund’s Day.
With the growth of the company and the growth of the motor vehicle market after the second world war, Saab knew that it needed a larger car to keep pace. The Saab 99 was to be this car. It’s initial design work was done primarily by Saab design guru Sixten Sason with the help of a young Bjorn Envall. Sadly, Sason died a short time before the unveiling of the 99. His work on the 99, though, and it’s use right through to the last Saab 900 in 1993 meant the Sason’s designs had driven Saab for 46 years from its inception as a car company in 1947. The fact that a late model Saab 900 can still look like a very contemporary car even today is a true testament to his creative skills.
Work got underway in earnest and the first prototype vehicles began testing in 1965. No-one would recognise them as 99s though as they resembled 96s in just about every way. These vehicles were known as “toads”. In effect they were a Saab 99 chassis and engine with a widened Saab 96 body placed on them. A 20cm section was welded into place down the middle, thus widening the 96 body to fit onto the 99 chassis. The Swedish newspaper Expressen managed to uncover the truth when a photographer managed to catch a ‘toad’ and a regular 96 together.
The Saab 99 made its public debut at a show called Teknorama in Stockholm, on November 22nd, 1967. It would be another year, however, before the model was released to the public for sale. Even the journalists had to wait, as there were only 50 cars available and these were being rigorously tested by a crew of engineers and carefully selected test drivers.

Read moreThe Saab 99

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