On Saturday 24 October, the SAAB Car Museum in Trollhättan 40 turns. Back in 1975, at the initiative of SAAB-Scania's head of external relations Albert Trommer, a small exhibition in the basement of the SAAB-ANA dealership opened its doors. The museum has been moved to Åkerssjövägen 18, which is where the celebrations will take place!
Translation of the above official invite:
"Time is flowing. The SAAB Car Museum was founded in 1975 at the initiative of Albert Trommer in a basement at Tunhemsvägen in Trollhättan. The facility was really low-key, but both the cars and the legacy could be found there. And the SAAB spirit. We've been doing quite a bit over the past 40 years and now we're at the brink of an exciting future.
Join us in the SAAB Car Museum-story.
We'll have open house, with coffee and cake.
Saturday 24 October between 11: 00 and 16: 00.
Peter Bäckström & the staff at SAAB Car Museum"
Back to the future
So if you have not made plans for the weekend yet, this is a great opportunity to visit the museum!
If anything, check out the SAAB 900 turbo 16 EV-1. This prototype (or "experimental vehicle") is one of the many unique models that are on display. Designed by Björn Envalls and built by Leif Mellberg, the project was kept top-secret. So secret that the assembly facility was shielded from the outside world and that the final product was delivered in the middle of the night.
The EV-1 was really ahead of its time, with 66 solar cells mounted on the roof (now implemented with Toyota's latest Prius models), black panel (the function that diminishes at night and is used in regular production) 1993 with the launch of the 900NG) and a really aerodynamic design. 0-100kmh in just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 270 km / h.
SAAB's vision for the future made quite an impression in the press and even caught the eye of the producers of the film "Back to the Future II". Today, 21 October 2015 is in a special day Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) set on his time machine. So today we're in fact "back to the future"
Unfortunately, I can't be in Trollhättan myself on Saturday but wish all the SAAB fans a great celebration! Here's to the next 40 years ...