We write a lot about this famous Saab Spirit. But is it more than just a few words, is there substance behind it? In the last few days we had presented a Saab 9000 Aero from Switzerland. A vehicle in excellent condition with a proven history. Immediately - and I would almost say reflexively - the term “moon prices” came up. In all honesty, that annoys me!
A reader got to the point. If we can't manage to accept rising prices, we will soon run out of 9000s on our streets. I can only associate myself with! Many Saab 9000s have passed the 20 year mark. Rust at this age also affects the best Swedish steel, and car body work, if done professionally, is expensive. Who will feel compelled to invest money in a 9000 in the future if only this “too expensive” sounds from forums and blogs?
Luckily, many fans of our brand have started to rethink things. In Sweden, the home of our cars, the first complete restorations are in progress. In the spring one has spoken of the 9000 as coming classics. Now, presumably fueled by the loss of the brand as a manufacturing manufacturer, the trend has become a bit faster. But fans in Germany are also investing in the 9000.
My friend Achim had brought with me months ago his wish Saab from Berlin to South Hesse. After the car is technically fit, now comes the body to it. Since Achim is not a coachbuilder, this is done by a specialist. Not cheap, but a good investment if we believe in the brand and the future of the classics. Fortunately, the streets of Berlin were less contaminated with road salt than the roads in Bavaria, so the effort is manageable.
In Hamburg, the Saab fans this weekend - once again Götz (yes yes) had his fingers in the game - that a Saab 9000 doesn't always have to be a luxury. Achim and I already had one CS 9000 with relatively simple equipment, but brought from first owner and with few kilometers from Munich. Volker and Götz fell in love on Saturday in a red beauty with simple features and notchback. It does not always have to be a CSE or CS. CD is also chic. Especially with these data: Less than 120.000 kilometers, no rust, sunroof, first hand. Congratulation! Hamburg is fine. Because the Hanseatic city has a wonderful Saab more on the streets.
The fact that the relatively simple versions and the “non-turbos” also find their way into collectors is a start and a good signal. Every classic Saab that is maintained and cared for, sometimes with great personal and financial commitment, is a win for all of us.
Some Saab things are available for little money. Our 9000 CS hibernates until spring, as the Swedes are. Which is not entirely true, because in the next few days he will move from his garage to our new hall. So that he stands well, he has now been given a car protective blanket. To try out what works in this area for little money, because we normally have another supplier, we ordered a blanket for 42 € - including shipping (!) From the Oldtimer Veteranen Shop in Idstein. The delivered copy is of course “Made in China”. In contrast to the expensive specimens, which can be four to six times as expensive, not lined inside. But it fits well and is quite enough for an everyday classic.
You can save on such things. Please not at the substance of the cars! At least not if we still want to have fun with cars from Trollhättan in 10 or 15 years.
Tomorrow we will continue with our Saab photo contest. The community has decided and the jury, which also includes the German branch of Saab Parts AB, has donated further special prizes. The resolution will come tomorrow on our blog.