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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
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