A Bam 900 Turbo 16 S was for sale in Bamberg. An article about a (almost) drama and frankly a shame for the Saab community. So not a friendly article that I'm writing today. If you don't want to read this, you should stop now. Here are the details of the supposedly sought-after cult Saab. Last year of production, two previous owners. Complete Saab history in the legendary Saab color “odoardo-gray”. Not tinkered condition, leather interior with suede applications and the sought-after, rare, leather inserts in the doors. Rare Saab additional instruments, with the original Saab lettering, in the cockpit.
The airflow kit is complete, the engine with red box and the gearbox are in top condition, the body needs attention, given its age. These are the usual places that cause trouble even for the thickest Swedish steel after 20 years. There would be an axle shaft tunnel for which it was designed by the Saab Parts AB Repair kits have been available for some time now, as well as recordings of the struts, the doors and the hood. Nothing is, and that makes the Saab so interesting, in a condition that you could not overtake the original sheet metal with reasonable effort. And of course he has a sunroof, and as a bonus, you also get winter tires on original rims and an original wood dashboard. If one excludes the value of additional instruments, the second rim set and the second dashboard, one arrives at a ridiculously low vehicle price.
A cult Saab, the most sought-after, at a real price and with calculable effort for restoration. It should not be a problem to find a buyer who is spending money and time to get the 900 Turbo back on the road! That's how I thought after that Saab center Bamberg had switched the ad. I could not imagine how much I should be wrong!
In three days, the ad had good 900 hits and was thus in the statistics of Mobile.de in the first place of the car advertisements within 100 kilometers. An 20 year old Saab is more coveted than anything else sold around Bamberg. Crazy world !
But then there was a tragedy for the Saab community. Ralf Muckelbauer, with whom I speak on the phone regularly, received 200 (!) Email inquiries and phone calls every minute in the following days. Interested parties sent e-mails that corresponded to more questionnaires than inquiries, and many fans - they really are fans - apparently expect a 4000,00-year-old new car for well under € 20. In 1993, a good 500 Saab 900 Turbo 16 S series versions rolled off the production line in Trollhättan. Nevertheless, “fans” wanted to butcher the 900 Turbo - one of the last to be built in series trim before the last-run models. Or just wanted the interior, the rare leather or just the additional instruments.
An unbelievable tragedy, I can't think of any other words that happened around the Saab in recent weeks. Frustration grew in Bamberg, and the question is what do “friends” expect from the brand. If it wasn't a Saab, but a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, then this car would have long gone to be restored. A few days ago Ralf Muckelbauer and I spoke on the phone again and talked about the 900.
As luck would have it, friend Marco and I were with our favorite Italian guy the night before with a young Saab fan. There he told us that he is looking for a Saab 900, so we were together in Bamberg on Saturday and watched the 900.
What can I say ? They still exist, the real heroes! The Saab 900 Turbo 16 S changed hands on Saturday - without much talk and haggling, by the way - and is being rebuilt piece by piece. Our young Saab fan saved a rare Saab and gave me back a little bit of faith in the fans.
Well gone, just so! If we do not learn to deal better with the Saab story witnesses, then someday we will not have any old Swedes left in our circles. Because the drama around the 900 Turbo 16 S is not an isolated case. Readers definitely remember that Saab 900R, which is for sale. The story there is similar to that of Bamberg, without wanting to go into detail. The single piece, a Saab with racing history and specific, German Saab past, would have been lost almost forever.
A buyer from Germany only found himself at the last minute, who will take over the Saab, all parts and the complete development documents. He wants to rebuild the Saab, and designer Uli Weinmann will support him. The Saab 900R will then come back to the public and can also be seen at Saab events.
Also this buyer is one of the true heroes! Act, instead of discussing in any forums or patrons forever. Who thinks that in this case a Saab fan would have jumped in, is wrong. The buyer is not from the Saab community.