The Story of
Saab Car Museum.

The museum opens in 1975...

The museum opens

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.

Saab Car Museum moves

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 conncetion with this, Albert retired and was succeeded by Per-Olof “Pelle” Rudh, seen here 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.


"A completely new museum"

Saab-spirit

Many of the museums cars had been serviced fot 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 thie context, the name Erik Carlsson “on the roof” should be menmtioned, 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 reactions at the Saab communications department, and connetion with, and involvment in, the museum has always been close to his heart.

"Preserve the heritage for the future"

The heritage

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.

The launch of the new Saab 9-5 was located in Trollhättan, based around the museum, which was used for that purpose for the whole summer. This was a milestone for the organization, which meant even more product launches and activities for the media, retailers and customers. To use the heritage for the future.

The End

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 enthusiasts from all over the world came to Trollhättan.

 

When Saab Automobile AB declared bankruptcy on December 19, 2011, the future of Saab Car Museum and its collections was uuncertain, since the museum and its collections were wholly owned by the company.

Post bankruptcy

After intensive efforts and the completion of the bidding process, the following constellation made the winning bid: The city of Trollhättan, the Saabgroup and also the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg memorial foundation made a bid of SEK 28 million.

The Saab Car Museum had been saved!

 

The Saab Car Museum is now run by Innovatum Science Center AB at the request of the owners and with a partial financing from the city of Trollhättan and the Västra Götaland Region. An YOU when you pay us a visit!