History of the Saab 93
Built between 1956-1959, the Saab 93 was the first Saab to be sold outside of Sweden. There were several different models, the main difference between them being stylistic; the 93B featuring a two-piece windshield instead of the one-piece and the 93F had front-hinged doors from a Saab GT750. It would eventually be replaced by the Saab 96, though the 93F would be sold alongside this for a short time.
The Saab 93 is the company's second production car. Sixten Sason designed it, and it debuted on December 1, 1955. The 93 was powered by a longitudinally placed three-cylinder 748 cc Saab two-stroke engine that produced 33 horsepower. The gearbox featured three gears, the first of which was unsynchronized. A freewheel mechanism was installed to solve the problem of oil starvation on overrun (engine braking) in the two-stroke engine. Two-point seatbelts were offered as an option in 1957. The 93 was the first Saab model to be exported from Sweden, with the majority of shipments going to the United States. As options, a Saxomat clutch and a cabrio coach (big fabric sunroof) were offered.
The 93B was debuted on September 2, 1957. A one-piece windshield was also installed in place of the original two-piece windscreen. Erik Carlsson won the Finland Rally in a Saab 93 in 1957, and the Swedish Rally in 1959, again in a Saab 93. Saab was not, however, the first Swedish company to win the Swedish Rally. Volvo, Saab's long-standing Swedish competitor, had trounced them in 1957 and 1958 with the PV544.
The 93F was released in late 1959, with front-hinged doors from the Saab GT750. The 93 was produced until 1960 when it was discontinued. The Saab 93 was succeeded by the Saab 96, albeit the two models were offered alongside each other for the first half of the year. There were 52,731 Saab 93s produced in total.