Saab and Spyker CEOs to Race at Mille Miglia

Celebrating the model’s class win at this event in 1957, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and Saab Automobile Chairman and Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller will drive a vintage Saab 93 at the Mille Miglia race, prepared by the Saab CarMuseum Sweden.

Jonsson and Muller will be following in the wheel tracks of the 1957 class winners Charlie Lohmander and co-driver Harald Kronegård. The two executives will be co-driven by their sons, Christian, 38, and Olivier,18, respectively.

The vintage Saab 9-3 is powered by a 45 hp, 748 cc, three-cylinder engine, and weighing just 810 kilos. “Saab´s early success on this event is part of our rich heritage," said Jan Åke Jonsson. “We´re looking forward to competing once again with the Saab 93, although we won´t be driving it quite so fast."

Today´s annual classic recreation of the 1,000-mile (1,600 km) Brescia-Rome-Brescia route is held over three days, from May 6 to 8.

“The 93 is unlike any other car I´ve entered, which is hardly surprising as it´s a Saab," Victor Muller said. “Jan Åke and I will enjoy the event and we´re looking forward to a little friendly rivalry between team-mates.  It certainly won´t be as intense as the competition between Eklund and Blomqvist when they were rallying with Saabs in the late 70s."

Between 1955 and 1960, 52,731 Saab 93s were built at the Trollhättan plant, the same place where Saabs are still produced today.
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