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First manufacturing Saab 92 in Swedish on-line public sale


The 1948 Saab is the earliest road-legal instance extant | Bilweb photographs

“Made in Trollhättan by trolls.”  That was the sticker that offbeat Saab house owners affixed to their quirky little vehicles from Sweden again within the 1950s and ’60s.

That was straightforward to imagine, seeing the strange-looking automobiles as they burbled alongside, trailing a skinny haze of bluish smoke from their 2-cycle engines.  Trolls should have been concerned.

Really, Saab cars have been created after World Conflict II by the “Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget” (SAAB), an plane firm just about idled after constructing planes for the struggle and casting about for a civilian product to remain afloat.  

An internet public sale ends immediately (September 3) for the very first manufacturing Saab 92, chassis No. 4, that was utilized by the producer from 1948-52 as a take a look at automotive earlier than being offered to the general public. 

“That is the holy grail for Saab followers on the earth,” in keeping with a information launch from the auctioneer, Bilweb of Sweden. “This specific mannequin is definitely the primary ‘manufacturing’ Saab 92 automotive constructed after three prototypes.”


The automotive is valued by the public sale firm at 500,000 Swedish Krona, which appears like an unfathomable quantity till you do the conversion to US {dollars} and discover that equates to about $57,000. A Krona is price a tad over 11 cents.

“This Saab 92 is essentially the most attention-grabbing Swedish automotive we now have put up for public sale thus far, and we now have already been contacted by collectors from each Switzerland and the USA,” public sale head Michael Luft mentioned in a information launch.


The primary manufacturing Saab 92 was barely improved over the unique prototype proven to the corporate brass in June 1946.  That first prototype, the so-called “authentic Saab,” is safely ensconced on the SAAB Museum, which is in fact positioned in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The public sale Saab is such an appealing-looking critter, the extremely aerodynamic type seeming like an airplane cabin on wheels.  The purposeful styling confirmed the unique intent of the plane engineers who designed it to be distinctive but easy and cheap, at a time when Europe was ravenous for fundamental automobiles.


Energy was supplied by a then-innovative engine with 2 combustion cycles as an alternative of Four cycles, like a daily gasoline engine.  There are not any valves or oil sump, and the 2-cycle engine is principally constructed of simply three transferring components.  Particular oil have to be added to the gasoline to offer engine lubrication.

The engine is mounted transversely and fed its energy by one other then-unusual characteristic: front-wheel drive.  Horsepower was rated at 25 for the 1,940-pound automotive.

This 92, which the public sale firm says spent a few years on show in a devoted proprietor’s lounge, is alleged to run nicely and appears very intact for a 72-year-old automotive.  Tattered upholstery, a piece of mismatched repaint and a scrape on one flank are the one notable flaws seen within the public sale photographs.

The Saab’s paint shade additionally has a narrative behind it.

“At first, the automotive was solely out there within the shade Bottle Inexperienced, as SAAB had big quantities of this shade left over from plane manufacturing throughout World Conflict II,” Bilweb notes within the launch.

For extra info, go to the auction website.