The Spirit of Saab: 50 Reasons Why We Love Them

Fifty evocative photographs of classic Saab models paired with lively text that shows beyond all doubt why you should want to own one.

Saab is a byword for style, performance, quality, and safety—the cars have a reputation for reliability and solidity, along with classic Scandinavian design that particularly appeals to people in the creative professions. Although production ceased in 2011, Saabs are still highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors. 

This fascinating book outlines all the classic Saab models, from 1949’s Saab 92 to the last cars to drive off the production line in the early 2010s, including iconic rally cars of the 1960s and ’70s and the best-selling Saab 900, with glorious vintage photographs and insightful explanation from Saab superfan Vaughan Grylls.

This book is the perfect gift for the car nut in your life, whether they’ve owned a Saab or not, and sums up everything that’s great about this truly classic brand.

About The Author

Vaughan Grylls is a photographer, author, and artist. His photography has been shown in the Photographers’ Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, and Arnolfini. From 1996 to 2005, he was chief executive of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005, he founded the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, and Rochester. He is the author and photographer of Oxford Then and Now, Cambridge Then and Now, Hong Kong Then and Now, and Singapore Then and Now.

  • Publish Date: May 02, 2023
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Transportation - Automotive - History
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • Trim Size: 8-1/4 x 8-3/4
  • Pages: 128
  • US Price: $23.95
  • CDN Price: $32.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-84994-802-9


"When it comes to brands with an interesting story to tell, you can’t go wrong with Saab. This book takes you through all the classics, right up to the last cars to be produced. For such an inexpensive book, it’s well produced, with loads of full-page photography and chatty text that’s factual without being too dry." Auto Express

"Definitely one for marque enthusiasts, who probably already have far more than 50 motivations to adore their Trollhättan machines." Richard Gunn, Classic Car Weekly 

"A very neat book on the much-missed Saab marque… It’s a very witter and masterful exploration of the once-great Swedish manufacturer." – TKC Magazine

Author Bookshelf: Vaughan Grylls