Big Saab names met last Wednesday at the Saab Bil Museum. Olle Granlund, Stig-Göran Larsson, Björn Envall and many others had an anniversary to celebrate.
The Saab 30 CC celebrated its public premiere 9000 years ago; However, the first large Saab only drove off the production lines and to the customers a year later. An important car for the small manufacturer, entry into the upper class, and one of the most advanced vehicles of its decade. For many Saab Automobile AB alumni the best Saab ever.
Which is certainly true, if one takes the 80er and 90er years as a period. Saab had the 9000 a lead over the competitors, the turbo technology enabled performance in the sports car sector. Saab showed in the 9000 that automatic and turbo engines work well together. What other brands could not do then.
It doesn't really matter that the 9000 was based on a floor pan with the Italian cousins. "We got all the freedoms," say Saab veterans, "as we never had them later". The concept of front-wheel drive, a large interior and a variable loading area was both a success and an anchor of survival for Saab. The 1985 rolled off the production line in Trollhättan from 1998 to 9000. Constantly revised and improved, mutated from CC to 9000 CS. Anyone who drives a Saab 9000 every day today thinks about how much 30 years of automotive progress is reflected in everyday life. The concept from Trollhättan still feels so modern.
The anniversary of the public premiere was almost lost in the hustle and bustle of the last few days. The drama surrounding NEVS overshadowed the events. The TTELA shows some pictures of the meeting of the veterans who gave birth to the 9000 in the Saab Bil Museum.
Nevertheless, the Saab 9000 CC is not forgotten. The blog team is working on an 9000 project for the coming year, where the official anniversary will be celebrated. And at least at another location in Germany is another top-secret Saab 9000 project, which could get pretty crazy.
In this sense: Saab 9000 30 years - congratulations old Swede!