“Svenska Aeroplan AB (aktiebolaget)” (Swedish for “Swedish Aeroplane Corporation”), had been created in 1937 in Linköping. The company had been established for the express purpose of building aircraft for the Swedish Air Force. As the war drew towards a close and the market for fighter planes seemed to weaken, the company began looking for new markets in which to diversify.
An automobile design project was started in 1945 with the internal name X9248, later to be formally known as the SAAB 92, 92 being next in production sequence after the Saab 91, a single engine trainer aircraft. In 1948, a company site in Trollhättan was converted to allow automobile assembly and the project moved there, along with the car manufacturing headquarters, which has remained there since.
Below is a photographic journey through SAAB’s heritage, many of which will be familiar and some maybe not so!