The public premiere was 1984, delivery began a year later. The praising articles of the trade press were at least as long as the waiting lists. Who had placed his order in time, could sell the new Saab with extra charge.
The 9000 CC, that was great career and a Saab-typically long construction period. A statement for courage and unconventional thinking. The hatchback concept of the Saab 900 has been transformed into a higher class in conjunction with a performance engine. Neither before nor after many manufacturers have dared to do so. The success assured Saab survival for further years; without the 9000er, the lights in Trollhättan would have been extinguished in the 80 years.
It was expensive, the 9000 CC, which sets it apart from the other hatchback cars of its time. Saab played in the major league, while Renault 25 and colleagues were at home in the district class. For a 9000 Turbo with air conditioning, the buyer had to invest more than 50.000,00 DM. A Mercedes 280 S was similarly expensive. With one big difference. The entry-level S-Class was just a big car, but Saab customers got three vehicles for the price of one for their money.
The happy Saab owner received the details: a sports car, plus a moving van thanks to a hatchback and folding rear seats, and a prestige sedan that was easy to travel in. For those who found the turbo too expensive, Saab later expanded the model range with a 128 hp injection engine. These customers then got two vehicles for the price of one for less money ...
Today, around 30 years later, the last survivors are heading for the H license plate. State recognition as a rolling cultural asset could be the salvation of the surviving specimens. A rescue harbor for the few brave Swedes who could defy rust, consumption, export and the madness of Merkel's scrapping scheme.
But where are the last brave Vikings? A look around, at the parking lots and the streets - it looks sad. The first big Saab seems to be extinct.
We are talking about the Saab 9000 CC, the Sweden with the ingenious tailgate and great variability. Not the 9000 CD, which later premiered. The search, a look into the usual portals, does not really bring it.
At least as I write this article, I find 2 interesting copies. A 9000 Turbo, which many fans should be familiar with, and a 9000i from a 2nd hand with less than 100.000 kilometers.
Another search on Blocket.se, in the homeland of Saab, does not exist anymore. The selection in recent months has gone back.
The first examples of the 9000 series were not really resistant to rust. If you wanted to prove that Swedish steel is rusting, you would have succeeded here. In the years, with the second generation, that changed. Lack of rust protection was the end of many earlier 9000 CC. Too bad, because the CC is the last representative of the old “Sweden style”. The turn signals, shared with parking lights, were the distinguishing feature of a whole generation of Saab and Volvo vehicles.
In Scandinavia, a rethinking started a few years ago. Previously as cheap consumption vehicles on the way, began first restorations. Certainly the events in Trollhättan were also responsible. The historical significance of the large series was recognized. Outside of his homeland, the Saab 9000 CC is rare. At the 2014 Troll Rally the Saab friends Erftkreis were two early 9000s, which made me more happy than all 900 Turbo 16 S together. But otherwise - none.
We want to write the 9000 CC back in the minds and hearts of the fans ... if it's not too late for that. Reason enough to tackle two things.
I went looking for a Saab 9000 CC with a friend. A story developed from this, the end of which is not yet in sight. For once we will not tell them on our classic & youngtimer blog, but here, where we have a greater reach.
And we hope for the support of the fans! We want readers to know if they have an early Saab 9000 in your garage, collection, or barn. Does the Saab 9000 CC still live in the community, is it present in the Saab hearts, or is it already the past? We are very excited and look forward to every letter, photo, and story on the topic.