Photo Credit: Gary Stottler
There have been 5 SAAB Quantum models made, 1 Quantum I, this Quantum II, two Quantum III’s, nearly 60 Quantum IV’s and only one Quantum V.
The current owner of the Quantum II pictured a devout Saab Enthusiast, Gary Stottler has provided a nice piece of what he understands the history of the Quantum II to be.
Enjoy his writeup below in his own words:
Quantum #2 “was “discovered” by Kathleen Blank (age 12 at the time) in her father’s (Richard Blank) barn in Canandiagua, NY. She christened it “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. I met Kathleen and Richard when they were working on rejuvenating Chitty Chitty one part at a time. Kathleen was the “carburetor girl” as well as the project leader, she had installed the carb all on her own. Greasy little hands with skinned knuckles - a sight to make her father proud. Bud Clark had sent the missing carb venturi from California that enabled us to run the motor. He sent it to Richard for free as one “Saab guy” to another. He was very very helpful. Meanwhile, Richard and Kathleen had gotten my name from Dave Hosmer, keeper of much Quantum lore and history who knew that I lived nearby. I was “brought into the project” as a consultant on the brakes and the two stroke engine. A couple of visits to Richard and Kathleen’s barn in 2003 and 2004 and we had the late-50s 750cc Saab engine running (I supplied plugs and ignition timing set-up) although the brakes proved to be more challenging - eventually with a torch and large sledgehammer we removed the drums at a cost of sacrificing only one OE Saab drum puller! From there we could survey the leaking 40 year old wheel cylinders.
Richard indicated that in clearing up affairs after Russell’s death, he had found the car in a half-burned shed on the premises that had been “Eugene Engineering Co., Inc.” (owned by Russell Blank) in Rockland, MA - the firm which provided metal fabrication services for Walter Kern and Quantum. Eugene Engineering was an Aerospace Manufacturer and a prime contractor for the U.S. Government, Raytheon, GE, and IBM in the 50’s and 60’s in addition to doing the work for Quantum. When Richard moved Quantum 2 to Canadiagua sometime around 1990, he briefly got the engine running, but then the car fell silent until Kathleen motivated her resurrection in 2003.
That is what I know about the recent history - There is not a “Quantum” badge on Quantum 2, only the hand painted “Saab Quantum” on the flanks. The badge on the hood is a Saab 93-vintage hood badge. The European-style license plate currently on the car is one of Kathleen’s additions.
Best, Gary Stottler
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