Saab crash testing – old school style

I was up at the Saab Technical Center yesterday, gathering some material for a post that will appear here on Inside Saab next week, when I saw these fantastic old black and whites showing some Saab crash testing conducted back in the late 1960s.

Saab’s crast test facility here in Trollhattan is now a very high-tech affair, having been completely refurbished just a few years ago. I’m hoping to visit there in the next few days as they’ll be conducting some tests that I hope to share here on site (no promises, now, but fingers crossed).

As you can see from these photos, the crash test facilities of the 1960’s were somewhat more spartan and weather dependent.


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  1. Super, I am a fan of crash-tests, I love the 200 milliseconds of a life film of Saab from the early 1990s!!! I hope Saab will once give an in depth look in their crash-test facilities and the testing procedures and outcomes; maybe you have the chance to, Swade?! Thanx for the the “inside saab”!!


  2. The interesting thing is that SAAB had a crash testing facility back in the 60ies – when other car manufacturers – save Mercedes Benz and Volvo, as I suppose – didn’t even think of it.

  3. Watch the front window is still in place. This is what happends when front and rear windows are conected with rubberborder.
    This is the best design solution.
    Why in the heck did everyone start gluing. The manufactor saves some money, but owners are spending money to replace broken windows. In an accident with roll over, the suporting windows are gone after first turn. In next roll over the roof comes down.

  4. It’s such a testament to saabs commitment to safety, when you see a car of that vintage with the passenger compartment sill intact.

  5. Wonderful find, Swade! Thanks so much for sharing. Keep these little treasures coming… you now have access to the motherlode!

  6. I love these old pictures, the 96 looks like 1968, I bet they are testing the new telescoping steering column! I wonder how many times they pushed that little 96 up and down the track?
    It could make for a long afternoon in the Swedish sun!