Saab 99 and 900 – The Complete Story by Lance Cole

Title Saab 99 and 900 – The Complete Story
Author Lance Cole
ISBN 1 86126 429 1
Publisher The Crowood Press LTD – Great Britain
Date 2001
Language English
Pages 160

From the front dust jacket:

Launched in the late 1960s, the Saab 99 was a highly distinctive car from from a highly individual manufacturer. Designed as a medium-sized, and medium-priced family car building on the success of the 92-96 cars., the 99 scored a second substantial success for the Swedish maker. Well designed, reliable and, perhaps more than anything, noticeably different from its competition, the new car sold well and formed the mainstay of the company’s output for over ten years. But when its successor, the 900, was conceived it was decided that the company should move into the executive market. Re-pitched for the wealthier buyer, the 900 provided the company with success in this lucrative sector.

Innovation and individuality have always been at the heart of the Saab philosophy, and in terms of design, safety and performance the Saab 99 and the 900 were streets ahead of their many competitors. The first manufacturer to give proper thought to crash protection, Saab were also unusual in their placing of build quality above simple economics in their list of priorities. This ethos of setting, rather than following, trends also helped Saab to introduce the first really user-friendly turbo system on a production car – a system that would make the 900 Turbo one of the most desirable cars of the 1980s.

The advanced thinking of the tiny Saab design team, the pioneering safety work and the full story of the Swedish classics are now gathered together in a book that celebrates the essence of Saab and its remarkable cars. With a wealth of archive and specially taken photographs, design drawings and detailed specifications, Lance Cole’s text on the Saab story is a welcome tribute to the cars that dared to be different.

From the rear dust jacket:

Lance Cole is a motoring and aviation writer. His career was given a flying start by the award of the Sir Williams Lyons/Guild of Motoring Writers Award in 1983 and since then he has written for all the major motoring and aviation magazines, and has penned regular columns for magazines and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and the South China Motoring Post. Lance also writes on travel and political issues. This is his sixth book, and his second for The Crowood Press. He lives in Wiltshire.

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