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 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 Saabs 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 of the former NOHAB industrial estate in Trollhättan. In connection with this, Albert retired and was succeeded by Per Olof “Pelle” Rudh, seen further down 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 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, Saabs 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 was doubled for the Saab Automobile AB 50th jubilee and the Saab AB 60th jubilee. However, there were more items on the agenda.
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 a focal point. And Saab anthusiasts from all over the world came to Trollhättan.
When Saab Automobile declared bankruptcy on December 19, 2011, the future of 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, Saabgroup, and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg memorial foundation made a bid of SEK 28 million.
The Saab Car Museum had been saved.
Saab Car Museum is now run by Innovatum Science Center AB at the request of the owners with a partial financing from the city of Trollhättan and the Västra Götaland Region. And of course you when you pay us a visit!
See the last built Saabs of different models, including Saab 96 and Saab 95. Also discover a Saab 9-3 Griffin TTID, the last Saab to roll of the production line in Trollhättan.
In October 1986, three Saab 9000 Turbo started in a test that would break all records in terms of speed. After almost three weeks of constant driving the fastest car had driven 100 000 km and Saab had broken multiple world records. Discover more in the exhibition Saab Turbo – In the Long Run.
Discover the entire story, from beginning to end, decade by decade. Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget were founded in 1937 as an aircraft manufacturer, and when the project Saab 92001 began, the Saab car was born. Saabs were sold all over the world until the bankruptcy in 2011.
Saab presented its first concept car in 1985: Saab EV-1, with solar cells on the roof to keep the car chill while parked in warm areas. The next concept wasn’t shown until 2001: Saab 9X which introduced Saabs coming designs. See these and more concept cars from the 2000’s, for example the award winning Saab Aero-X.
Saab has got more than a thousand rally victories, and a hundred of them were big international competitions. See several of the iconic cars from the big rally competitions with Stig Blomqvist, Erik Carlsson, Per Eklund and more.
Ursaaben, or Saab 92001 which is the official name, is the first prototype for the series produced Saab 92, Saabs first model. The project began in 1945 in Linköping, Sweden and has been in Saab’s possesion since. Today you can see the 75+ year old car in our exhibition.