The last few days were about old cars. Not the everyday topic on the blog, actually there is our classic & Youngtimer department. Old Saabs are passion for me. For other people, they are everyday business. Or the future.

3 x Saab 900, 1 x Saab 9000. Full workshop at Saab Service Frankfurt
3 x Saab 900, 1 x Saab 9000. Full workshop at Saab Service Frankfurt

Trade and service with classics and young timers is lucrative. So much so that more and more car dealers abandon their low-yield new car business and go completely on the rusty rail. That works, (almost) everything 30 years or older seems to be in demand. At least for manufacturers who have always put on traditional care. Old Porsche and Mercedes are in demand, partly at high prices.

For the Swedes this is not quite the case. Neither Saab nor Volvo had in the past relied on the care of their great past. The result is a few old Swedish cars on our streets and classic events. That is changing in the long term.

The proof: Our Youngtimer & Classic Blog. On the 23.11.2012 he went online, with a clear background: fun ... and the pleasure of writing about cars, because they do not want news from the economy. The idea of ​​anyone reading what was written about old metal was not present. A blog for personal pleasure. If someone reads it, it makes things even better.

The saabblog.net project itself is a life in the niche. Less than 60.000 Saabs are traveling in Germany. Already that is hardly measurable. Writing about classic Saabs, therefore, is the niche in the niche. Who the hell cares about that? In December 2012 117 readers found the topic good. After all !

Things develop. The long-term trend is crucial. In March 2013 there were already 2.886 readers, 12 months later 5.387, another year 10.083. Old Saabs are no longer a niche, and compared to other youngtimer blogs we are doing well.

It's easy to predict that the trend will continue. Because it does not go in Trollhättan because old sheet metal is trend. All the more shaken up, what does in Nyköping in terms of classics. Or do not. With our 9000 CC project, there was nothing to be gained apart from the parts for an inspection. With the successor, the 9000 CS, the bearings become increasingly empty, a subsequent production can not be determined. You get headlights; not at Orio, but via third party. Not an isolated case.

A friend restored a classic 900. He ordered parts for over 6.000,00 €, 10% of which came from Orio. Not more. Because nothing is available in Nyköping anymore.

That worries me. Orio has recently, very clearly, very impressively proved that one stands for the name Saab. Has bought tools for classic Saabs from NEVS before they disappear to Asia. It's good. On the other hand, one seems to ignore the trend. Sales are lost every day, although customers would like to buy "Saab Original".

Classics, that could be the future of the brand. If at the Göta Älv visions have once again failed due to the harsh reality, then our Saabs are still on the road ... and should remain so.

Saab had little to see on the just-concluded Techno Classica, and nothing on Orio. The 1 held at the most important classic show in Europe. German Saab Club the flag above ... and the car city. The had a nice Saab 99 Turbo of 1979 on the stand. Autostadt = VW. Amazing !

Yes, yes, Eschborn is reading. Nyköping too. You are capable of criticism - I hope. And not everything is as it seems. Classics are a topic there, you work on it. Maybe not with as much emphasis as I would like. But you do something.

My wish and the wish of many Saab drivers could become reality. A clear commitment to Saab Tradition care, not just with words, but really show the flag. Maybe at the Techno Classica 2016 in Essen. Then with a Saab 99 Turbo at the Orio booth, not only at the VW Autostadt.

9 thoughts too "turnaround"

  • Well with Orio u. Share the Saab. From my own recent experience, I can understand that the sales go back ... but ... because of the very high prices !!! ??? , Had ordered a windshield for the 900 I of my daughter from Bj '93 at a Saab dealer, original cost € 175.- Two days later came a recall the disk now costs from the month of April € 275.- had ordered in March first. I could give you more examples.
    Now everyone can form their opinion or hold against it.
    Anyway, I got the W-disc for an even cheaper price at an accessory store but Original Saab.

    • This is not very pleasing ... Unfortunately, one must also say that the ORIO much in the "shoes pushed". There are, and this is very annoying, dealers who send customers with "no longer available" from the farm, or with incorrect prices. Both things are annoyances, especially if the blog team has to realize that the parts are just deliverable.
      Our advice: If in doubt ask the blog supporters who live Saab and are the right person to contact.

  • I can not confirm that with the few Volvos at Oldie events. The humpbacks and amazons are always well represented. In addition to my 3 Saab, I also have a 122S 1965 built by Volvo. Needless to say that the Volvo is running very well and does not cause any problems. I certainly do not give it out!

    • Too bad that so many 142er, 144er and 145er mercilessly as an organ donor were killed and exploited alive.


      These were also fine cars. Especially the early years of construction with thinner bumpers, smaller exterior mirrors and exterior door handles make beautiful classics.

      Well, after all, their gearboxes and engines live on in the humpbacks and amazons, which, it is true, are still seen quite often and are usually well represented at classics meetings.

  • Good to know that ORIO has the thing on the screen. We would like to drive as long as possible SAAB!

  • I would also be very grateful to the company Orio, if they would discover the classic parts trade as a business branch for themselves!

    Greetings from Switzerland

  • Hello Tom!

    A Beritrag to my taste. All my 9 saws are from the last millennium and 7 are 20 years and more (up to 48) this year.
    Old Saab have what other cars (and, in my humble opinion, many more recent sacks) lack: individuality, solidity. And above all: character!
    That Saab has forgotten about its own history has been Saab fan and collector since I was. If not for a private network of enthusiasts and freelance suppliers, some of whom stick with the brand's extreme commitment, that would not even be that small percentage of old Saabs on the road.
    The near-destruction of the museum was the culmination of this sad denial of its own history.
    And I'm also interested in the progress of the Saab bin brand - with what Saab means for me, it has nothing to do with it anyway.
    The saws that mean something to me unfortunately mean nothing to Saab for many years ...


  • A good topic! In the classic scene, overlaps between SAAB and VOLVO are the order of the day, which is also the case with me.
    Clearly in this case is the advantage of SAAB. While VOLVO does nothing, absolutely nothing, ORIO at least tackles the topic. The VOLVOs, on the other hand, are simply slaughtered which is no longer good, otherwise the boxes are not kept on the street any more. Thanks ORIO, please keep it up, the course is right!

  • Great topic, that has been scratching me for a long time! At that time from 2000 disappeared after the GM takeover many parts!

    Orio is a pharmacy! Too expensive, little available! You have to get parts from scrap cars. There is no other better car brand from Europe. This is also known to many SAAB customers. They just give up the vehicles quickly. They go to the junk press or are being exploited!

    Too bad for the beautiful SAAB vehicles that still disappear from the road. There are daily less. Everyone could notice that.

    Orio is required to re-produce all parts! The tool costs have long been amortized. The tools could certainly be adopted cheaply.

    Interior carpets, rubber seals, side windows, most important plastic inner parts! Türkeder etc. This must be available if you want to keep the vehicles on the road.

    A restoration costs without cheap parts suppliers simply too much and is then too expensive to find the parts. Firstly, without a classic section at Orio, a real vintage car market will never develop. Since you have to be too insider and that keeps others from buying and restoring an old SAAB despite the interest!

    If Orio does not manage to tackle this quickly and really raise a SAAB Classic spare parts division, then it will soon be too late, because the vehicles will therefore go back! If Orio does not invest quickly, it's over! There does not have to be a business economist to recognize this.

    Therefore, tackle the topic! But no lip service! With quick implementation!

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