Dear SCNA Members,
What a truly memorable convention we had this past August, and I want to thank the many volunteers from the Atlanta Saab Club and S & J Motors for hosting us and for all of their help on the ground. Thanks to our SCNA members and volunteers, we were able to hear from Joel Manby, former Saab CEO, who last spoke at the 1997 Convention in Waterville Valley, NH, where they introduced the Saab 9-5 to the public.
I also want to extend a special thank you to Sports Car Service for helping to make our Talladega Day a reality. Not only were able to drive our own cars on the famous race track, but we had some very special participants including vehicles from both the 1986 and 1996 Talladega challenges as well as Peter Backström and Olle Granlund, who traveled from Sweden to join us.
Ole was one of the head engineers at Saab from the early projects like the V4 engine through the turbo and APC systems, and many of Saab’s other first-in-the-industry achievements. It was also his idea to prove the durability of the turbo by using factory spec cars in what would be the World Record breaking 1986 Talladega challenge, so it was only fitting that Olle joined Tom Donney in one of the original 1986 9000s on the track. Check out our store at saabconvention.com to order your SCNA group photos, Talladega photo books and other SOC and SCNA merchandise.
Upon my return from SOC, I joined some friends at the 17th annual Swedish Car Day, which brings out hundreds of Saabs and Volvos in the New England area. At this show, I started getting the itch for a vintage 900. Talk with my Saab friends taught me that 1982 was a great year for the 900 Turbo since by then were using the 5-speed transmission, and the APC system was also introduced during that production year. I am pleased to announce that I was able to find a beautiful black 2-owner car with only 120K documented miles, and it was within the 100 mile AAA towing radius from my home. Look forward to future updates as I join my SCNA and New England Saab friends for some autumn rides in my “new ’82.”
President, Saab Club of North America
Well known Saab author, artist, and former designer, Lance Cole, has launched an artwork (see attached image) as a tribute to Erik Carlsson who passed away last month.
Lance is the author of two Saab books (‘Saab Cars: The Complete Story’ being current) and numerous magazine and media features on Saab – including an obituary to the company upon its demise, and a recent (British) national press obituary to Erik Carlsson.
Lance says: “Erik was very kind to me on the few occasions I met him. As he was to so many, he was a true hero and an amazing man. I wanted to capture the exuberance of his driving and the spirit of Saab, so how else but via a painting of his toreador red Saab 96 two-stroke depicted on a snowy Monte Carlo Rally scene en route to victory.”
A donation from sales of the print will be made to the Saab Museum Trollhattan Sweden
The painting is in acrylic and is available as a high quality print in three sizes:
- A4+ sized (8.3x 11.7 in+ / 210 x297 mm+) print with small external border in an open edition. Price: GB£25.00 / USD$39.00 / EUR34.00
- A3 sized (11.7 x 16.5in/297x 420mm) print with internal border as a 500 copies limited edition. Price: GB£ 45.00 / USD$70.00 / EUR62.00
- A3+ sized print with large external border to 14x18in+/ 355x457mm+) as a signed, numbered 1 of 250 limited edition collectors print. Price: GB£75.00 / USD $118 / EUR103.00
A small number of artist’s remarques will be available upon request at GB£100.00
Foreign exchange rates apply at time of all orders
To order your print,
and arrange payment (including PayPal) and consignment in a tube by standard post, inclusive.
Note: To inhibit unauthorised copying, the red hue of the low res image in this article has been altered from the original.
Image Copyright Lance Cole (c) 2015; All Rights Reserved
The Saab Club of North America would like to welcome our newest Saab Service Provider, Svensson Automotive, in Lafayette, CA. Svensson Automotive is offering a 10% discount on parts and service when you present your Club Membership card at the time of service write up. The shop is an official Saab Service Center providing geniune Saab replacement parts and factory trained and experienced Saab technicians. Check out the Saab Service and Discount page for contact information, and thank Svensson Automotive for their dedication to Saab Club members when you stop by!
Nevs’ Electric Vehicle Shown Today
Today Nevs presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle as designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.
The car is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan where the batteries are placed under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact. With that, the Saab 9-3 EV is just as practical as the Saab 9-3 Aero with gasoline engine.
The Saab 9-3’s famous driving-experience is of course preserved in the EV, helped by its low center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution.
“We are happy to present the result of Nevs engineering into a real Saab EV product. The Saab cars’ well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics”, said Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development.
The car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.
The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang’s company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd.
In this phase of the development the performance of the prototype series are limited to:
The range for this prototype series of cars is approximately 200 km.
The prototype series have multiple reasons:
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h, 0-60 mph 10 sec.
- Maximum speed of 120 km/h.
- Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.
- To enhance the understanding of EV’s in the complete company.
- To serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s).
- To be used as a test bench for technical development.
- To verify the manufacturing setup.