The picture quality is more than insufficient, there is no soundtrack. I mean a lot to the reader. But the almost 60 year old film is an important document in the history of Saab. He came through winding ways in the Saabblog film archive, the classification was difficult. Originally it was dated to the year 1950, which is incorrect. The recordings from the docks near Boston let us dive deep into the past.
Flashback: The Ursaab was completed in 1947, the Saab 1949 in 92. The 1955 came in 93, and the 93B two years later. Saab was extremely dynamic at the time. Will NEVS start with the electric cars as well? We know more in 2016 and 2017!
Export was very early on in Trollhättan. Saab Motors Inc. was founded in New York in 1956, although the Swedes didn't see much chance in the American market. The first appearance during the auto show in the New York Coliseum with two Saab 93 is said to have been disorganized and chaotic. But - the Americans discovered a heart for the small cars with the strange two-stroke sound. They were considered an (exotic) statement and a status symbol.
The success of Saab in the US took its course, the headquarters was moved to the port area of Hingham, Massachusetts outside of Boston. There 1957 arrived the first major shipment of Saab 93B, and probably the film was shot in Hingham. The unloading of the cargo belongs in the chapter adventurous, the workers on the docks go sturdy to the point.
Also on board is a sonnet with the Swedish registration “P14000”. This sonnet, mostly moved by Erik Carlsson and Gunnar Ljungström, makes the time classification easier. Only one vehicle, the “P14000”, was shipped to North America in the spring of 1957 at the request of USA chief Ralph Millet. Previously she was seen at some events in Sweden; it was shown at several exhibitions in the USA.
The small two-stroke Saabs were popular in racing. Saab 93 and later Saab 96 were used on the Sebring airport circuit, at the Great American Mountain Rally and numerous events in the country. It is not clear which sporting event plays a role in the film; maybe a reader sees more than me and can provide the answer.
The filmic document is unique. Despite its modest quality, it delivers more than 20 minutes from the early days of Saab. I hope the readers have some fun with it.