The Quantum SAAB you see here at the New York Automobile Show is the result of four years of engineering and design data gathered by Mr. Walter Kern. Mr. Kern originally conceived the idea of a front-wheel drive, small, light-weight, safe, two-passenger sports roadster. It was natural for Mr. Kern to pick the basic SAAB power plant and running gear because of his past knowledge of SAABs superior road holding and outstanding performance which he experienced as a SAAB owner.
The car features a nearly pure aerodynamic body shell of reinforced fiberglass weighing less than 100 lbs., yet it is stronger than a comparable steel shell. The light-weight tubular steel frame gives the car a low-curb weight without detracting from the torsional rigidity that is required in a sports racing machine.
Standard SAAB 95 suspension components are used along with the SAAB engine and a four-speed gear box as standard equipment.
Engine - 3 cylinder, 2-stroke cycle, 841 cc, developing 42 bhp at 5,000 rpm with a maximum of 59 ft/lbs. of torque at 3,000rpm.
Bore - 2.760 inches Stroke - 2.870 inches Compression ratio - 7.3/1 SUSPENSION AND BRAKES
Four-wheel independent suspension with self-stabilizing rear axle assembly. Damping is accomplished with four hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers. The total brake lining area - 105 sq.in.
Light-weight reinforced fiberglass body shell. Tubular steel chassis with intergrated sheet metal panels. Front-wheel drive counterclockwise engine rotation.
PRICE AND DELIVERY
Tooling for the Quantum will allow production to commence in the late fall of 1963. The car wLll be marketed through authorized dealers and will carry the same basic broad Warranty that the Standard SAAB car enjoys; i.e., 24 - 24 on power train, 6 - 6 on the remainder of the car. Retail delivery price F.0. B. New Haven - $2,995*.
* - Estimated Price - state, local tax, and transportation extra.