Saab literature is rare and every new release something of a small sensation. The Motorbuchverlag has shown courage and, together with author Martin Gollnick, brought a book on the small series from Trollhättan onto the market. 30 years of Saab - from 1968 to 1998 - are described on 96 pages.
The easiest way to get an impression of a book would be in a bookstore. During my school days in a small Franconian town, the way from high school to boarding school almost always led through a well-stocked bookseller. At lunchtime the rooms were full of students, business was going well, the bookstore was a fixture among us students.
Past. Today you buy books over the Internet, the first insight into a book is taken over the Web. Exactly there could be the problem for the publisher, because the first, digital insight does not keep what the book says. The pictures shown have already been seen somewhere, which is no wonder, because they come from the GM archive. So bored? Nothing new?
Please don't, because Martin Gollnick's new book is worth a second look. The pages at the beginning are really a little unmotivated, but a little later you start to take the book to your heart. Because it has many strengths. There are the many contemporary brochures from Saab that contain real rarities. Special models, color plates, you immerse yourself in a bygone era. And you are amazed at the improvements and innovations that have been made at Göta Älv every year. Real innovations that you could feel and touch. No software updates and apps, but a continuous maturation process that is impressive even 30 years later.
The path leads the reader to 99 II through 900, 90, 900. The challenge for the author is to compress key information on 96 pages without being bored or misleading relevant facts. Gollnik succeeds very well. In one or two places, such as positioning the Saab 90 on the market, a little more text might have been appropriate. But this is a petty scribble from someone who has never tried such a project.
In the end, my résumé is clearly positive. Almost every page is fun, the little book is one that you won't just pick up and then put on the bookshelf. It is also worth reading because the Saab and Porsche driving author maintains his own perspective. In the chapter on the 900 II, on pages 88 and 89, one encounters a sentence that explains the 900 II in a new way. It comes unexpectedly, could be mine, and is surprisingly different.
Why buy Saab literature is scarce, often only available as an antiquarian, and it is a pleasure to get hold of a book in a modern, contemporary layout. The historical prospectuses, which alternate with the text, are another argument. And between the lines you can feel that Saab is not just any brand for the author. € 12,95 is little money for a nice book from a big brand. Available (with a bit of luck) at the local bookseller, online at Book publisher, and the well-known portals.
Let's hope that the Paul Pietsch publishers and Martin Gollnik will continue to have the courage to niche in the future. A book about the big Saabs, from the 9000 to the 9-5 NG, would be exciting. Maybe the Saab Community may hope?