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.
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:
The image above shows the former Saab logo, while the logo on the radiator grille can still be described as "neutral".
As the design studio was called, unfortunately I can not decipher.
The second study, drawn three weeks later, differs minimally from the first:
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:
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.
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, wrongly, is almost forgotten. His drawings for Saab were a facelift for the 96, but it was never realized. The drawings were forgotten, and many years later, depending on the location, found or bought back by Saab. There was a reprint of 300 copies, many of the traditional Saab dealers still have 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!