Saab 60th – The Saab 92

Following are photos and comments by 1985 Gripen, who attended the Saab USA 60th Anniversary press event, which included not only a drive in the new 60th Anniversary Edition Saabs, but a drive of some pristine old school Saabs from GM’s own Heritage Collection.

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Front view of the 92. The windshield wipers were remarkably thin.



The 92. What I like about these pictures is that there are people in-frame to give some perspective as to the scale of these cars. In professional photo shoots it’s difficult to judge just how small these cars really are.



The very streamlined rear end of the SAAB 92. There was no trunk on this initial model. It came later on the 92B.



Jan-Willem Vester getting into the 92. Love those “suicide doors”! An interesting note is that the door has a strap on the inside to keep it from opening too far. This strap is brown leather. How quaint! I noticed more than one of the SAAB employees sporting Salomon brand clothing. Mr. Vester is wearing a Salomon shirt and shoes here and I saw another employee (it might have been Jorgen Nylen) wearing a Salomon jacket. You might be aware that SAAB has a marketing deal with Salomon outside the U.S.



The very simple, clean interior of the SAAB 92. Note the spare spark plugs in the box in the glove compartment.



This car is 57-years-old and looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. In the bottom of the picture you can see the brown leather strap that keeps the suicide door from opening too far.




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  1. Just a thought: I wonder what model SAAB has a lower coefficient of drag: this 57-year-old car or the 2007 SAAB 9-5? I’ll bet this old beauty would give the 9-5 a run for its money in the aerodynamics department.

    BTW, anyone know what the Cd of the Aero-X is? I’m sure they’ve had it in the wind tunnel.

  2. Take a look at the minimal seat backs on this thing. I’ve wondered how much additional leg room would be available in a car is the seat backs weren’t overstuffed as they seem to be now. Something like a high-tech office chair with the form-fitting mesh back.

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