Saab = coupe

Many people associate Saabs with a coupe shape - not without reason, since Saab has built for decades more or less only coupes or hatchbacks. Even the "sedan" mentioned derivatives are in my view still very coupé-like, the first classic notchback sedan for me is the Saab 9000 CD, the 1988 came on the market.

Saab = coupe
Saab = coupe

And Saab apparently also tried Italian designers before 50 years ago! From the father of a school friend who also drove Saab for years, last year I received two prints of design studies drawn by 1965 in Turin:

Saab study of ....
Saab study of ....

The image above shows the former Saab logo, while the logo on the radiator grille can still be described as "neutral".

Saab study of ....
Saab study of ....

As the design studio was called, unfortunately I can not decipher.
The second study, drawn three weeks later, differs minimally from the first:

Saab study of ....
Saab study of ....

I looked at my photo collection from the Saab Museum in Trollhättan, but the prototypes on display did not have a model that was obviously based on these design studies:

Saab 99 at the Saab Bil Museum
Saab 99 at the Saab Bil Museum

If one compares these studies now with the cars encountered at that time on the road (VW Beetle, Opel Rekord, Ford Taunus 12 M, Fiat 850 etc.), then they must already be awarded a certain elegance.

Dream: Aero X
Dream: Aero X

And let's be honest: is not it what we as Saab drivers do not all and still want: an elegant coupe! Or even a sporty coupe! Was not the Aero-X a dream?

Thanks Thomas for the contribution! Which rare prints did he find there?

The solution: The drawings, there are 3 of them, come from Giovanni Michelotti, His Turin design studio provided great designs, especially for the English car industry. But also for Saab. He was one of the great masters of his time. The ingenious hood of the MGB comes from his pen, is to operate with one hand, beats each modern top by the opening time by far, and gave me many hours of roadster enjoyment.

Today, Michelotti is, wrongly, almost forgotten. His drawings for Saab were a facelift for the 96, but it never came to fruition. The drawings were forgotten, and many years later, depending on sources, Saab found or bought it. There was a reprint of 300 copies, many of the traditional Saab dealers still have the Michelotti drawings hanging in their offices today.

The story of an unforgettable holiday, a restoration, the first contact with the brand from Trollhättan or simply why Saab is part of the automotive life. Whatever it is, write us. We are looking forward to it!

5 thoughts too "Saab = coupe"

  • Hmm, Michelotti already remembers a few cars like that:

    DAF Siluro (Michelotti), 1968 (study)

    Ferrari 330 GT 4-liter Michelotti Coupe

    BMW 2000 gill coupe

    Michelotti is almost forgotten today, according to the wiki

  • Great story! And yes - an Aero X on the road would be a dream. Made as a small series at NEVS, with innovative technology to show the world. HELLO - here we are again!

  • That would be the idea. Brand owner Saab AB has commissioned NEVS Industrie Service to commission new series production of real Saabs with the right turbocharged engines.

  • At the risk that I repeat myself, but such an 93er Aero- or Viggencoupe is still what it always was; a hammer car, both in terms of charisma and performance! Probably the one has!

  • I also have the same picture in front of the Aero in the Saabmuseum. Just a dream! The design elements were so Saabeypisch. Just a pity !!

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