April 1, 2014 (Hershey, PA)- In a stunning surprise announcement, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum has disclosed the purchase of SAAB Heavy Industries and intends to restart production of the iconic motorcar. The new corporation, AmericanSAAB! (ASAAB!) will be headquartered within the Museum’s South Hanover Township compound in Hershey. Ground breaking for the on-site production facility will begin later this month.
“This is a truly exciting time for the AACA Museum and for SAABophiles worldwide”, exclaimed Mark Lizewskie, Executive Director of the Museum. “For months we have been in secret meetings with all of the key players involved working around the clock to accomplish this endeavor. I personally want to thank everyone for their participation to ensure ASAAB! carries on the tradition of quirky, fun automobiles with Swedish sensibility.”
Harking from its early roots, ASAAB! has already engaged an undisclosed guest designer identified only as “Designer X” to create a new car dubbed the Nine Too!. “The Nine Too! pays homage to the original 92 from 1949, except with modern components. Designer X was given strict instructions to be true to the Brand. Then we locked him in a garden shed with nothing but a desk, lightbulb and a litter box for nine months- Nature’s perfect gestation time!”
The resulting Nine Too! features a lightweight monocoque composite body using a new compound consisting of ash sawdust, bovine feces and carbon fiber that was developed by a Lancaster County woodworker and chemist. A new three-cylinder Hyperstroke® engine module producing 210 horsepower is being sourced from the Arminius Miller Corporation in Los Angeles, while the 7-speed manual front-drive transaxles are created especially for ASAAB! by the newly resurrected E.L. Cord Company in Connersville Indiana. Designer X’s highly detailed illustration fully captures the essence of the 1,800 lb., four passenger car with a projected price of under $12,000.
The new state-of -the -art 1,000 square foot manufacturing plant will employ 10.75 people and create over 75,000 jobs. “We’ll have 220 volts and everything!” proclaimed Lizewskie. “The new Nine Too! is obviously a niche market car built in small numbers. We already have over 35,000 orders placed, but if we get 50 built we’ll be thrilled. The Nine Too! makes me very, very, very, very, very, very happy!”
For additional information or to place an order, please contact ASAAB! at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the AACA Museum:
The AACA Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. New for 2015, the AACA Museum will be open from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM on the first Thursday of each month. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.