Picture puzzle. Saab design by Björn Envall - the story.

Our last rebus showed a Saab design by Björn Envall. The story behind the sketch begins at the Saab Festival 2013 in Trollhättan. A typical story that you can experience only with Saab and no other brand. Former Saab designer Björn Envall sits at a table with friends in the Saab Museum, and on a whim, he pulls out his pen and draws on the table top the design of a notchback saloon with large tailgate. Just because.

Bjoern Envall Saab design on the Nordi Car Classic
Bjoern Envall Saab design on the Nordi Car Classic

Now Björn Envall is not someone in the world of Saab. As a young man, he worked with the first Saab designer Sixten Sason, and the Saab 99, Saab's important step into a higher vehicle class, is a jointly conceived product. This was followed by the Saab 900 and Saab 9000 ... the best car Saab thought he had ever built. And he is not alone in this.

You can say that Envall shaped Saab like no other designer. The hatchback, the large tailgate and the design, based on the cross-section of an airplane wing, transformed from the time of Sixten Sason into modernity - we owe everything to him. And now this man is drawing a draft on a table top… Götz from Hamburg sees it, cannot believe it, and takes a picture. Actually, I thought, Götz is now securing this table, packing it in his Saab and exporting the furniture with the design to Hamburg.

Bjoern Envall draws a draft. On a table. Just because.
Bjoern Envall draws a draft. On a table. Just because.

But he didn't. Nobody in the museum thought of it either, and the next day the draft was gone, using cleaning agents. The table as clean as before. Now the story could have ended and only remained one Saab episode. But Saab is Saab and so the story goes on. A good friend of Götz heard about the sketch and how it was made. He lives temporarily in Trollhättan and knows Björn Envall. They met a few weeks later and Envall heard the story. No problem, he said, and drew a new draft. A notchback sedan with a large tailgate. Practical and elegant, suitable for Saab - and a car that Saab was no longer allowed to build after the 9000.

The sketch came to Götz in Hamburg, was presented on the blog and then exhibited at the Nordi Car Classic. Then she went on hiking. To a Saab fan and admirer of Björn Envall. She is in good hands and has a place of honor. Certainly.

This was our background report on the design by Björn Envall. We will not have last reported this great Saab designer. Our next picture puzzle starts with another draft tomorrow. While there is no chance for fans to come up with the sketch by Björn Envall, here is the opportunity to get the design as a highlight for the private Saab collection. A generous sponsor makes it possible, and how it works, we reveal after resolution of the next Saab picture puzzle.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

Pictures: Götz & Tom for saabblog.net

One thought on "Picture puzzle. Saab design by Björn Envall - the story."

  • Great! A story that can really only produce people of a small manufacturer! Spontaneity is still alive! And the heart continues to beat for SAAB !!!!

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