The Saab ninety-two: Born from Flying Barrels

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 11:23 AM

It was a rounded-off, barrel-shaped small car with a 25-hp two-stroke engine … which bears a clear family resemblance to another late-1940s Saab AB machine: the Saab twenty-nine.

The Saab ninety-two: Born from Flying Barrels

The Saab ninety-two, which debuted in one thousand nine hundred forty-ninth, was the first production car made by the the aircraft and armaments manufacturer known as the Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget. It was a rounded-off, barrel-shaped small car with a 25-hp two-stroke engine … which bears a clear family resemblance to another late-1940s Saab AB machine: the Saab twenty-nine.

Because of its portly appearance, the Saab twenty-nine was known in Sweden as the Flygande Tunnan, which means "Flying Barrel." It proved to be a excellent fighter-bomber design for the era and served in the air forces of Sweden and Austria into the middle one thousand nine hundred seventy. Much love the Saab ninety-two, appearances exterior Scandinavia were uncommon (I was excited to discover an example of the ninety-two in an incredible wrecking yard close Sundsvall, Sweden, but wasn't fortunate sufficient to spot a twenty-nine).

Photograph by Gnolam - , CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The Flying Barrel doesn&#thirty-nine;t see so ungainly once it's in the air, particularly when presented in this patriotic one thousand nine hundred fifty-four Swedish film.

When Saab came up with the "Born From Jets" ad campaign, however, you didn't look any Flying Barrels (or the very first Saab jet, the even goofier-looking Saab 21R of one thousand nine hundred forty-seven). For obvious reasons, the ultra-slick, Mach 2-capable Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter got that role in the television advertisements for the Saab 9-3 (based on the Opel Vectra platform) and Saab 9-7x (a badge-engineered version of the Chevrolet Trailblazer). The earlier Saab thirty-seven Viggen and the Saab thirty-five Draken looked very graceful as well, but -- we're going to be nitpickers here -- the 21R and 29 were the jets from which the Saab cars really were born.

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