It was after World War II that Saab decided to branch out from airplanes, trying its hand at a small passenger car.

In 1946, the prototype Saab car -- the "UrSaab" -- was completed. It wasn't until 1947 that the Saab had a car, the second prototype, ready to be shown to the public. Its sloping, aerodynamic shape was especially striking for the period.

The front-wheel-drive car was powered by a 0.8-liter, two-cylinder, two-stroke engine.

By Peter Valdes-Dapena @PeterDrives - Last updated December 19 2011: 2:03 PM ET
Join the Conversation
The most disliked cars of 2011

The competition was fierce in the race to be last. Surprise - the car at the bottom of the heap wasn't from Detroit.

Find Your Next Car

Get the latest car news:

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.