Saab literature is rare and every new publication is something of a small sensation. Motorbuchverlag has shown courage and, together with author Martin Gollnick, has launched a book on the small series from Trollhättan. 30 years of Saab - from 1968 to 1998 - are described on 96 pages.
The easiest way to get an idea about a book would be to go to a bookstore. During my schooldays, in a 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, the shops were splendid, the bookstore was a fixture in our 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 promises. The images shown have been seen somewhere, which is no wonder, because they come from the GM archive. So boredom? Nothing new?
Please do not, because the new book by Martin Gollnick is worth the second look. The pages at the beginning are really somewhat unmotivated imaged, but a little later one begins to close the book in his heart. Because it has many strengths. There are the many contemporary brochures of Saab that contain real rarities. Special models, color plates, you dive into a bygone era. And one is amazed at what the Göta Älv was doing every year in terms of improvements and innovations. Real news that you could feel and grab. No software updates and apps, but a continuous maturity process that impresses 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 conclusion is clearly positive. Almost every page is fun, the little book is one that you will not only pick up once 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, you come across a sentence that explains the 900 II anew. It comes unexpectedly, could be mine, and is surprisingly different.
Why buy? Saab literature is scarce, often only available in antiquarian fashion, and it is a pleasure to get a book in a modern, contemporary layout. The historical brochures, which alternate with the text, are another argument. And between the lines you can feel that Saab is not just a brand for the author. 12,95 € are small money for a nice book about a big brand. Available (with a bit of luck) from 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?