The Saab 1 EMS from IXO is coming soon in the popular 43:99 collector's scale. The EMS variant is more than just the sporty top model of the 99 series. The introduction was important for the brand. It represented a new phase in the company's development. Today the events of that time are almost forgotten. Too much time has passed, a lot has happened since then.
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One of the most important decisions in the development of Saab is hidden behind the 99 EMS. It was not just about a sporty version of the successful series. It was also about an engine factory and our own engines. And very high investments. Up until the EMS, Saab relied on Triumph engines for the 99.
One was not really happy with that, the reliability of the drives from the island was not high. Several engines came to an early end. It was also about the fundamental decision whether to invest in a modern engine plant and in one's own engines. A consideration on which the future fate of the brand depended.
And which at the beginning met with fierce resistance from the Wallenberg family.
Own engines for Saab
After long discussions and internal resistance, the decision was made in 1969 to build a new engine factory in Södertälje. Saab said goodbye to the cooperation with Triumph, although the English now had a suitable 2 liter engine in their portfolio. The new design was based on the Triumph engine. This is one of the reasons why the characteristics of Saab engines are always reminiscent of the heyday of British engine construction.
Saab increased the distances between the cylinders and ensured that there was enough cooling water around them. This eliminated a weak point and made the engines reliable. The bore grew, the engine block gained 10 mm in height. Compaction has been reduced in favor of environmental friendliness. The thermal situation improved considerably compared to the Triumph engines.
Finally, at Saab, you had the engines you always wanted.
With the new engine, Saab also said goodbye to assembly line work. In Södertälje the units were assembled for the first time in work groups of 3 employees. A revolutionary attempt at the time that led to the desired results and was then introduced in other departments of the company.
The sporty Saab 99 EMS
In January 1972 Saab introduced the 99 EMS on the market. The abbreviation stood for Electronic Manual Special and should refer to the electronic fuel injection and the sporty claim. In the style of the time, the EMS had a black radiator grille, some of which was made of fiberglass reinforced nylon.
The exceptional position of the 99 was underlined with a sports steering wheel, rev counter, a sporty chassis set-up and alloy wheels. The EMS emblem made it clear that a Saab with 110 hp and 170 km / h was driving here.
Until the introduction of the Saab 99 Turbo, the EMS remained the top model. His performance values, which may make you smile today, were good enough back then to be considered athletic. EMS models with even more power were used by the works team at countless rally events. They brought home many national and international victories.
The manufacturer IXO has reissued this historic Saab. It is not yet available, the delivery date is open.
For members of the Aero X clubs we have already ordered. The 99 EMS will (Beware of teasers) in our new shop. As a collector you can get a piece of Saab history in your home showcase.