Exhibit: Saab Spirit Lives On

The Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, PA, will host a special Saab exhibition from February 23rd to March 17th entitled The Saab Spirit Lives On.

1959-Saab-93The vehicles on display are all owned by Bill Jacobson, owner of Sports Car Service in Wilmington, Delaware. I don’t know Bill but his name’s been on my radar for some time, now. Bill’s long been a prominent figure on the vintage Saab scene and he purchased a number of vehicles from the Heritage Collection when it went up for sale following the bankruptcy.

His collection includes one very special Saab – Sonett #6. Actually, the collection is one that could almost rival the Saab Museum itself. Not in number, of course, but in quality and the way it represents such a nice walk through Saab’s history.

The Sonett will be on display at Simeone, along with the following vehicles:

  • 1959 Saab 750 GT (Red) – Featured in Autoweek magazine article “50 years of Saab & Ferrari” also appears in Michael Furman’s Automobiles of the Chrome Age
  • 1964 Saab Quantum Formula “S” (blue with yellow nose) – Sold in “kit” form through Saab US dealers only. Raced in the mid 1960’s with S.C.C.A.
  • 1964 Saab Bullnose Wagon (Tan) – Acquired from the GM/Saab Heritage Collection
  • 1965 Saab Longnose Wagon (Red) – All original, only 75,000 KM
  • 1967 Saab Sonett II 2-stroke (Silver) – One of only 258 produced, most of them were sold here in the US.
  • 1970 Saab 99 (Tan) – Acquired from the GM/Saab Heritage Collection
  • 1978 Saab 99 Turbo (Burgundy) – Acquired from the GM/Saab Heritage Collection, the first of the turbo charged cars that started the “Turbo” powered era.
  • 1980 Saab 900 5 door (Black) – Acquired from the GM/Saab Heritage Collection
  • 1986 Saab 900 T Convertible (Red) – Saab press car for the release of the Saab convertible. Was always owned by Saab and the only red 1986 produced.
  • 1990 Barber Saab Pro Series Formula Car (Red) – Series featuring open-wheeled, Saab-powered formula cars ran from 1986 – 1991 giving many race car drivers their start, such as: Robbie Buhl, Bryan Herta and Juan Pablo Montoya
  • 1991 Saab 900 SPG Convertible (White) – Custom ordered and made for the former Saab president Jim Crumlish
  • 1993 Saab 9000 Cut away (Yellow) – Acquired from the GM/Saab Heritage Collection, shows the steel reinforcements made on a Saab giving them their high standards in crash safety records
  • 1993 900T Limited Edition (Black) – #139 of 325 produced. The last year of the “classic 900” 3 door body style
  • 1996 900 Turbo SE Talladega Challenge (Silver) – The 1996 event Oct 16 – 24th, the Saabs in the challenge bettered 18 of their own records and set 22 more. On the last day the fastest 900 averaged 143 MPH for 12 hours
  • 1998 Saab 9000 CSET Aspen Police (Silver) – Former Aspen Colorado Police car for the first 19,000 miles and then sold back to Saab Cars USA for resale in 1999.
  • 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible (Lighting Blue) – 1 of 41 produced in this color in the production year 2000
  • 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero (Silver) – One of the last Saabs to be produced, ending an era in the Saab world.

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  1. I am glad you posted this information. I will be at the kickoff for this event on Friday, February 22nd. There will be a launch party from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. I will send you some pictures.

  2. Sounds great! I wonder if I can get up to Philadelphia during that time…hmm.

    “…prominent figure on the vintage Saab ,seen“….I know Bill has been seen in a vintage Saab and perhaps even on a vintage Saab a time or two. 😉

  3. Bill has quite the collection , I’ve been to the shop and he is always at US conventions . He’s a good guy, his Dad is also a good guy ,raced on the East coast for years . Bill grew up in the business and has been a supporter of SAAB for as long as I can remember ( I’ve been in the business for 35 years ) . Glad to see he’s still hanging in there as well as Tom Downney who also has a large collection of SAAB’s . If I have time I’d like to make the drive over .

    1. I believe Tom Donney now has the other Saab Sonett in the US, purchased from the Heritage Collection (I think Tim and Bill basically got the best of the collection divided between them).

  4. 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible (Lighting Blue) – 1 of 41 produced in this color in the production year 2000

    Didn’t know my car was 1 of only 41 globally, I knew 6 MY2000 LB verts were sold in Australia

      1. The 41 produced got me, so it should read 1 of 40 sold in the US in 2000

        Out of interest you did you find out the 3 door/5 door break down?

        1. Everything I got is at that link. The stats we referred to at Saab for those numbers didn’t break down between door count, unfortunately. That would have been recorded elsewhere, of course, but not in the system we used for those numbers.