Saab history from 1968 to 1998. Saab 99,90 & 900

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.

A new Saab book
Saab book by Martin Gollnick

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?

9 thoughts on "Saab history from 1968 to 1998. Saab 99,90 & 900"

  • Ordered! 🙂
    Thanks for the hint!

  • Ordered today. Anticipation……..
    Thanks Tom!

  • Support your local dealer! ! !

    I always buy all my books from the small bookseller around the corner. This is very simple and has nothing to do with “a little luck”. He almost never has what I want, but he can order all the books available on the German market - from one day to the next ...

    And there you get your book then free shipping, when it suits you best.

    That's like the SAAB service. It would be stupid if the bookstore around the corner did not exist anymore. This is far more than an order center. In the search for fancy birthday gifts, one is well advised and gets something that also matches the taste and personality of the birthday man, child or woman.

    Good analogue service 1.0 and expertise are irreplaceable - with SAAB and books! ! !

  • I should buy soon, so I can inform myself more about the old ones

  • Nice book for SAAB and other car interested. I saw the book a few years ago in the Technik Museum Speyer and of course I bought it immediately (1st edition 2008)

  • But it was still a great tip for all who have not!

  • I've owned the book for a long time. The first edition was 2008. Author, publisher and content are the same only the cover picture shows a 99GL from behind.
    In the evaluation of the book, I fully agree with you Tom.

  • I've already bought from Saab-Club Nederland at the 41st Troll Rally ... and read more than half of it. Can only agree with Tom.
    Grüßle
    Cooper One

Comments are closed.