The forgotten Saab R900 Group A

Winter 2013. It's cold, snow is on the streets and in the gardens. A garage in Upper Franconia. The gate swings open slowly and gives the view of a Saab 900R free. A real Rally Saab, built on behalf of Saab Germany, used at the 24 race on the Nürburgring. The only one of its kind in Germany, worldwide there were only three pieces of this type.

Saab 900R as he looks today
Saab 900R as he looks today

Today, the 900R is a shadow of its own. After an accident in the year 2001, it was redesigned in a specialist workshop and primed the sheets. The Saab is capable of rolling, but it needs attention. Much has changed in recent years. Builder Ulrich Weinmann has now left the motoring scene and takes care of his other passion. In the road bike scene he has gained an excellent reputation over the years and built a new economic base. The relationship with GM did not end well. The marriage was and ended in a little pleasing, for Uli Weinmann very painful, way.

When he talks about the Saab Rally, there is pride in his voice. He likes to talk about this project, and you can tell that a lot of passion flowed into the Saab. But the Saab Rally is the last vestige of a life he would like to end. The Saab has to go, there is no room for sentimentalities, and Ulrich Weinmann is looking for a buyer.

A piece of Saab history with racing history. Nürburgring, Hockenheim, local events. The vehicle needs some work that is not that bad. At least not for someone who understands something about sheet metal. For some dangerously long seconds, I check the situation and consider buying the Saab. We have space in our Saab hangar. This is tempting and leads to thoughtless action. Hmm.

There are mountains of race parts to the Saab, neatly sorted into Saab-Scania crates. All the documents for the Rally Saab. Well. I already own 5 Sweden from Trollhättan. With that, all has been said. Because the number 5 is the upper limit, defined by the family as a control instance. OK then !

For Saab collectors, the 900R Turbo is still a good deal. A unique vehicle with a unique history, fully documented. This material without end and a purchase not from anyone, but directly at the designer. The delivers many stories about the Saab for free and very nice.

There are few, real Saab Rally in Germany. There is only this one German group A project, which was conceived here in the country. So we are talking about automotive heritage. The Saab 900R has earned a new home and survival! Interested parties can contact the blog team, and we pass on the inquiries to Ulrich Weinmann.

2 thoughts on "The forgotten Saab R900 Group A"

  • It would be nice if somebody would find the SAAB back on the Nordschleife (VLN and 24 hours races).

    The last SAAB in the 24 hour race was, if I remember correctly, a 9-3 sedan.

    That was nine years ago.
    Who will take him back to the Green Hell?

  • This phrase “I check the situation for a few dangerously long seconds and think about it” saved my afternoon yesterday. Understandable 🙂

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