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December 16, 1949 – The first Saab car
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December 16, 1949 – The first Saab car

Saab’s first production passenger car, the 92, began rolling out of the Trollhättan Assembly plant on this day in 1949. Originally an airplane manufacturer, Saab began its automotive branch in 1945 when engineers initiated work on a prototype, known as the Ursaab, or original Saab, designed by Sixten Sason. As could be expected from an airplane company, the 92, like the Ursaab, was extremely aerodynamic. Thanks to the reduced drag, its small 25hp engine could move the Saab at approximately 105 kilometers per hour (65 mph) when pushing it to its limits. A unique aspect of the 92 was that it had a body made of a single piece of stamped sheet metal, which was then cut to accommodate doors and windows. In the early days, this body would have likely been painted a dark green col...
June 10, 1947 – The Saab prototype debuts
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June 10, 1947 – The Saab prototype debuts

On this day in 1947, Swedish airplane manufacturer Saab AB introduced the press to their first prototype automobile at the company's headquarters. It was dubbed the Ursaab, which translates to “Original Saab.” This vehicle led to the first production Saab in 1949, the Saab 92. History Is Colorful! Saab AB had been producing warplanes for WWII, but launched an automobile design project in 1945. The project was code named X9248, later becoming formally known as Project 92, as this was the next production vehicle following Project 91, a single engine trainer aircraft. Saab wanted to produce a vehicle that would compete with the small German vehicles, such as those from Opel and Adler. Transverse two-cylinder two-stroke. By Ballista, CC BY-SA 3.0 A 16 person team was assembled to...

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