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Saab 99

(ALL SERIES / TRIMS)

Produced from 1968 to 1984

The Saab 99 is a landmark model for the Swedish brand, produced from 1968 to 1984. It laid the groundwork for the first generation of the Saab 900, which is essentially an updated and extended version of the 99. With 588,643 units sold, the Saab 99 is the second most popular model in the company’s history.

The development of the 99 started in the mid-1960s, culminating in the prototype’s unveiling in Stockholm on November 22, 1967. Production began a year later. The new car from Trollhättan, known for its post-war automobile division and prior military aircraft production, quickly gained popularity due to its mechanical robustness and distinctive design. This design, refined by Sixten Sason, a key figure in Saab’s early years, continued with minimal changes in the Saab 900 until the late 1990s.

The 99 featured a streamlined two-door, two-and-a-half-box design with a unique “hockey stick” rear pillar, a trait recognizable even to non-enthusiasts. However, the most significant change was under the hood. For the first time, Saab moved away from two-stroke engines, adopting the Triumph-sourced “Slant-4,” a longitudinally mounted 1,709 cc four-cylinder four-stroke engine with 80 hp. In 1971, this engine was enlarged to 1,854 cc for the four-door version but was later phased out due to reliability problems.

In Scandinavian markets, the 99 was seen as a reliable family car, known for its comfort, advanced safety features, and suitability for long-distance travel, especially appreciated for its efficient heating system during winters. Elsewhere, particularly in the United States and Europe, it was recognized as an original sedan that combined the advantages of front-wheel drive with a unique and well-finished interior.

The 1974 introduction of the 99 Combi Coupé, with its extensive cargo space, was another milestone, leading to its success and influencing the 1978 Saab 900. The 99 also pioneered the central tunnel ignition lock, a safety feature that became a Saab hallmark, preventing knee injuries in frontal collisions. This innovation helped establish Saab’s reputation for quality, reliability, and distinctive design, making the brand popular among professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and architects, a tradition continued by the Saab 900.

Trim Levels/Versions

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YearModel NameFuelBodyWheelDrivePr.FromtoSpeedQOD
YearModel NameFuelBodyWheelDrivePr.FromtoSpeedQOD
1976 Saab 99 EMS Petrol SedanUNK - 1
1976 Saab 99 GL Combi Coupé Petrol CoupéUNK - 1
1979 Saab 99 GL Automatic Petrol SedanUNK 164 km/h 1
1980 Saab 99 Turbo Petrol SedanUNK - 1
1979 Saab 99 GL Petrol SedanUNK 171 km/h 1
1978 Saab 99 GL Petrol SedanUNK - 1
1967 1967 Saab 99L CM4 Petrol SedanUNK - 1
1967 1967 Saab 99L EA4 Petrol SedanUNK - 1
1967 1967 Saab 99 1.8S Petrol SedanUNK 153 km/h 1
1967 1967 Saab 99 Petrol SedanUNK 156 km/h 1

Engines

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» Petrol Engines
Id.Engine1709 cc1855 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc
Kind of EngineNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedNaturally aspiratedTurbocharged
Identificative engine
Cylinders ConfigurationStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline EngineStraight/Inline Engine
Displacement1709 cc1855 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc1985 cc
Cylinders number4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
FuelPetrolPetrolPetrolPetrolPetrolPetrolPetrolPetrolPetrolPetrol
Electric engine - kind
Battery kind
Peak Power (hp)
Peak Power (kW)
Battery power
Operating Voltage
Battery: Operating Temperature
Battery: System Voltage
Battery: Cell Configuration
Battery: 0-80% Charge time
Torque146 N-m157 N-m161 N-m161 N-m1638 N-m1638 N-m167 N-m167 N-m236 N-m
Torque @ r.p.m. 3000 rpm 3500 rpm 3500 rpm 3500 rpm 3500 rpm 3500 rpm 3700 rpm 3700 rpm 3000 rpm
Cylinders angle
Maximum Power (HP)80 hp86 hp95 hp100 hp100 hp108 hp108 hp110 hp118 hp145 hp
Power (PS)81 ps87 ps96 ps101 ps101 ps110 ps110 ps112 ps120 ps147 ps
Power kW60 kW64 kW71 kW75 kW75 kW81 kW81 kW82 kW88 kW108 kW
Power @ rounds per minute5200 rpm5200 rpm5200 rpm5200 rpm5200 rpm5200 rpm5200 rpm5500 rpm5500 rpm5000 rpm
Bore83.5 mm87 mm90 mm90 mm90 mm90 mm90 mm90 mm90 mm90 mm
Stroke78 mm78 mm78 mm78 mm78 mm78 mm78 mm78 mm78 mm78 mm
Valve TrainSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHCSingle overhead camshaft SOHC
Compression Ratio9:1 9:1 8.7:1 9.2:1 9.2:1 9.2:1 9.2:1 8.7:1 9.2:1 8.5:1
Engine block material
Cylinder head material
Fuel System1 st carb1 ze-st carb1 st carb1 so carb1 so carb2 ze-st carbs2 ze-st carbsbo fuel inj.bo fuel inj.bo ci fuel inj.
CoolantWaterWaterWaterWaterWaterWaterWaterWaterWaterWater
Engine Data accuracy
99
99 1.8S
99L CM4
99 GL
99 GL Combi Coupé
99 GL
99 GL Automatic
99L EA4
99 EMS
99 Turbo

Car body variants

2 COU SED
Variants#COU
#SED
#SED
#SED
#SED
#SED
#SED
#SED
Body styleCoupéSedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
no.Doors
Wheelbase2477 mm2470 mm2470 mm2477 mm2477 mm2470 mm2477 mm2477 mm
Lenght4534 mm4340 mm4340 mm4369 mm4394 mm4420 mm4420 mm4420 mm
Width1690 mm1676 mm1676 mm1689 mm1689 mm1690 mm1690 mm1690 mm
Height1435 mm1320 mm1441 mm1435 mm1440 mm1435 mm1435 mm
Curb Weight
Wheel Drive
Engine LocationFrontFrontFrontFrontFrontFrontFrontFront
Chassis
Seating capacity (number)
Track Tread (front)1403 mm1397 mm1391 mm1405 mm1400 mm1405 mm1403 mm
Track Tread (rear)1430 mm1403 mm1403 mm1430 mm1430 mm1430 mm1430 mm
Luggage capacity (min)
Luggage capacity (max)
Weight distribution (FRONT)
Engine AlignmentLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinalLongitudinal
Drag Coefficient
Equipment
99 GL Combi Coupé
99
99 1.8S
99L CM4
99L EA4
99 Turbo
99 GL Automatic
99 GL
99 GL
99 EMS

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