Saab expands to North America. Boston 1957!

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.

Saab in Boston Harbor 1957
Saab in Boston Harbor 1957

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.

7 thoughts on "Saab expands to North America. Boston 1957!"

  • You and all readers and fans also a great new year! Thanks for the information. Lime Rock Park may well fit in with history and geography. And good flight today with the TX

  • Happy New Year, Tom! A great movie document, thank you very much.
    I think the racetrack is “Lime Rock Park” on the east coast opened in April 1957. At the beginning of the 90s I visited Saab friends in New York, they always went there, there is a cheap racing series from the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) for private drivers they always drove there. Interesting from our point of view, in 1984 (?) A heavily tuned sonnet 3 / Lawrence won the SCCA title.

  • The old Saabs were really sturdy. If you see the old films with Erik Carlson, then you realize that they could do a lot.

  • This film is a unique contemporary document, not just related to SAAB.
    I was allowed to learn on the last general cargo vessels before 35 years, before everything was changed to container - a great time! I still know such scenes. Especially the first one with the Netzbrook is to say the least risky and ends on the roof.

  • The Swedes celebrate 50 years of legal traffic in two years. On the 3.9. 1967 was changed after a first attempt 1955 failed in a referendum.

  • Robust unloading! But really! Which modern car would survive that, just before or behind the axle a cross-board and lift it!
    The recordings of the sonnet: When was switched to legal traffic in Sweden?

    The race: was that a comparison drive for import cars? I mean the other vehicles have both old Volvo and a beetle recognized. And that one time a Renault Dauphine?

    Greeting Christian

  • interesting insights - THANK YOU!
    Especially, I wonder why the sonnet 1 seems to be so heavy on deletion

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