The Saab Car Museum can offer you its collections and also meetings with experienced Saab veterans. We discuss technology and design history, nostalgia and enthusiasm in our inspiring museum premises. And of course you can take home a souvenir from our shops, both on site and on-line.
We are happy for you to take photographs of the cars and the museum, but please be aware that not all private individuals may want their picture in the media.
There is an excellent restaurant right beside the Saab Car Museum, where you can have lunch or a cup of coffee. Go to www.novamatomoten.se to see what they have to offer.
Besides visiting our collections, you can also use the Saab Car Museum for meetings and conferences
The Saab Car Museum collections comprise around 120 cars and approximately 70 of them are on show. The first one was the Saab 92001, which is more commonly known as ”Ursaaben” from 1947. It has a distinct aerodynamic shape signed by Sixten Sason. Most of the cars have their history in the company after being produced and they are divided into different categories, for example prototypes, test cars, official, company cars, racing cars etc. The Saab Car Museum contains many milestones concerning the 4.4 million or so cars that have been produced over the years. Everything from the Swedish welfare state’s Saab 92 to the Saab 9-4X and Saab 9-5 prestige vehicles. From two-stroke to turbo.
The Saab Car Museum first opened its doors in 1975. The initiator was Albert Trommer, a legendary manager of the activities for visitors at the then Saab-Scania Car division. The first museum premises were somewhat modest. Situated in the cellar, under the old Saab-ANA retailer facility, the museum was not at all easy to find. Many visitors found themselves at Saab’s main gate on Stallbacka where they were given a copy of a map to help them find their way. But it was worth the effort it took to find the place. All the milestones were there, including the Saab 92001, “Ursaaben”. Everything was there that had been saved and hidden from the scrapyard over the years.
To celebrate the Saab 50th anniversary, a completely new museum was planned in 1987 in the old roundhouse on the former NOHAB industrial estate in Trollhättan. In connection with this, Albert retired and was succeeded by Per-Olof ”Pelle” Rudh, seen here together with Gunnel Ekberg from the Communications department, who became the new manager for the museum activities. Pelle was not a complete stranger, he had, for example, been one of the top mechanics at the Saab Competition Department. Many of the museum’s cars had been serviced for the jubilee and they were on show for media from all over the world. A Saab is to be driven, and that also applies to the cars in the museum. In an orderly manner, it should be added. In this context, the name Erik Carlsson ”on the roof” should be mentioned, Saab’s legendary rally driver, who won the RAC Rally 3 times in a row, and also the Monte Carlo Rally in 1962-63. After his active career, Erik continued working with public relations at the Saab communications department, and connection with, and involvement in, the museum has always been close to his heart.
1997 was the next major step in the development of the Saab Car Museum. The museum was completely rebuilt and its exhibition area was doubled for the Saab Automobile AB 50th Jubilee and the Saab AB 60th Jubilee. However, there were more items on the agenda. The launch of the new Saab-9-5 was located at Trollhättan, based around the museum, which was used for that purpose for the whole summer. This was a milestone for the organization, which meant even more product launches and activities for the media, retailers and customers. To use the heritage for the future.
2005 was the next milestone. The company decided that the launch of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi should be based at the museum, and a whole new interior architecture was created. The Saab Car Museum maintains this status today. Naturally, Saab Automobile AB celebrated its 60th Jubilee in 2007 with the museum as focal point. And Saab enthusiasts from all over the world came to Trollhättan.
When Saab Automobile AB declared bankruptcy on December 19, 2011, the future of the Saab Car Museum and its collections was uncertain, since the museum and its collections were wholly owned by the company.
After intensive efforts and the completion of the bidding process, the following constellation made the winning bid: The city of Trollhättan , the Saabgroup and also the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg memorial foundation made a bid of SEK 28 million.
The Saab Car Museum had been saved!
The Saab Car Museum is now run by Innovatum AB at the request of the owners and with partial financing from the city of Trollhättan and the Västra Götaland Region. And YOU when you pay us a visit!
Welcome to Trollhättan and Saab Car Museum!