The first Saab, the 92 prototype, is introduced to the press in Linkoping, Sweden, on June 10, 1947.
Saab, an acronym for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, or Swedish Aircraft Co., was eager to engineer and produce a car that would compete with small German vehicles such as the Opel Kadette and Adler.
The hand-built prototype -- known as the Ursaab -- was created by a team of aircraft engineers and featured a unique aerodynamic body that was designed in a wind tunnel. It was styled unlike any other car of the time and was powered by a transverse-mounted, two-cylinder, two-stroke engine.
With front-wheel drive, a rare feature at the time, it proved lively and sure-footed in Sweden's harsh weather conditions. The flat floor also made the cabin more useful.