In Sweden now came a long thriller to a happy ending. It might sound a bit crazy, but it's true. Only now, the first privately owned Saab 9-5 II sports car has been registered in Sweden. The story behind it is unbelievable and shows that in the EU, despite everything, not everything is as easy as it should be.
We all remember the Saab auctions when pre-production and model year 2012 vehicles were called up. 18 sports suits were sold at the time, and four of them are on the streets of Germany. A Saab 9-5 sports suit from the 2012 model year, a Vector with 1.6 liter turbo engine and 180 hp, was auctioned by Michèl Annink for 186.500 Swedish kronor. He is a Swedish citizen and has been a Saab fan since he was 11 or 12 years old. The 9-5 went to Kiel after the auction, where Saab Service Kiel took care of acceptance and approval. Kiel is a specialist for these rare vehicles, so no problem.
Michèl Annink set off for Sweden with the papers from Kiel, drove through Germany, Denmark and his home country, where passers-by turned their heads to the Saab and photographed the vehicle. What he didn't know then - it was to be the last trip - for a long time. Back from Germany he went to the registration authority to register the vehicle with German papers on Swedish roads. It's actually child's play within the EU, because the legal situation is clearly regulated.
The Swedish authorities refused and doubted the validity of the German papers. The German authorities had made a mistake in the admission, it was argued, and the authority ignored existing EU law. For registration documents of another EU member are valid in other member states, the marketing authorization must be granted. So more than 4 passed months with the exam, but Michèl Annink did not give up.
He contacted the EU Parliament and received confirmation that the Swedish authorities were wrong. He wrote an application and was finally ready to go to the European Court of Justice for the approval of the Saabs. In a similar case in Belgium, the national institutions had lost and had to grant approval.
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Then suddenly, after a good 10 months, the authority gave in. The day before yesterday was the appointment at “Bilprovningen”, the papers were checked and accepted. In Sweden, the news is a bit of a sensation. Bilsport and Auto-Motor-Sport are reporting on it, and Swedish television has also asked Michèl Annink.
Good news for the other Swedish owners of a Saab 9-5 II sports suit or a Saab 9-4x. Because they all have the same problem as Michèl Annink and have not yet received any documents that would allow approval. He made it, just waiting for his Swedish license plates, then the first privately owned Saab 9-5 II sports suit drives the streets of his home country. Michèl Annink is happy, the story ended well. For him, the Saab is a special car for special days. And maybe a little more. We wish you a good trip at all times!
Pictures: Michèl Annink (1), Saab Service Kiel (6)