The second of April, in Sweden is known as Gudmund day. It is known from the old times when Germanic language was spoken in the region and refers to the day when God offered protection. It was also on this very day in 1964, that the project to make a large size car was initiated by Saab’s management and given a secret name - Project Gudmund. The model in the making was Saab 99.
The initial idea was to develop their own engine for the new model. But looking at costs, led the Saab management to go to the UK and get in touch with British Leyland Co. and settling for a Triumph made engine. The new 1.7 litre Slant-4 engine was installed at a 45° angle and the Saab 99 was launched. After few more cars, a more powerful Triumph 1.8 litre Slant-4 engine was installed but soon this new car started giving problems. This in-turn led the Saab team to develop their own 2.0 litre engine.
Legendary Swedish industrial designer, Sixten Sason (associated with Hasselblad’s first camera and Electrolux) who designed this car did not imagine that his creation not only made the Saab brand globally popular, but also take most of the winning positions in the world of racing.
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|- Material: RESIN|
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|Box Dimension (in inches)||13 x 7 x 6|
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