The best Saab stories are easy to tell. If you do not want to treat us to new cars in Sweden, then we build ourselves some. This is how 2014 / 15 launched the Saab 9000 SC project in winter. A Saab that never before existed, celebrating its premiere today in Kiel and on the blog.
Saab premieres have become rare due to the tenacious Swedish refusal. One could give up and only care about what is on the road. Or, ultimately, make Saab dreams come true, build cars on their own.
Logically, we chose the latter, more difficult route. Anything else would be bland and would only have disappointed our readers and the community. There is enough boredom, so let's build a Saab. For actions like this one needs the right environment: positively Saab infected personalities, for example. As we know, some of them live in Kiel, which is the cornerstone of the challenge. Take a little courage, a pinch of madness, and you're right in the middle of the Saab 9000 SC project.
The idea for the Saab 9000 station wagon came from Markus Lafrentz, the moral support for the realization came from the blog. The challenge: to build a real Saab.
There have already been people who have transplanted a Lancia Thema rear end into a 9000. Kids stuff! An exercise that creates a hybrid of different worlds. Who doesn't do anything really well. Anyone who has ever compared the floor pan of the Saab 9000 and Lancia Thema is clear that both vehicles have nothing in common apart from identical dimensions. Saab safety thinking and Italian lightweight construction do not go hand in hand. Philosophies of life collide.
We chose security “Made by Trollhättan”.
The road to the Saab 9000 SC, a large station wagon with the rear of the Saab 9000 CS, is ambitious. A challenge that must be mastered. How would he have looked, the 9000er SC, if he had run off the line from 1993 in Sweden? The tailgate, a piece of Saab DNA from the 9000 over 900 II to the last 2012 Saab 9-5 sports car, how can we integrate them?
The operation on the sheet metal led to an astonishing result. The project started in winter with an idea has become a real Saab. Which, in fact, could have rolled off the tapes in the 90s. If the load cover of the Saab 9000-9 station wagon then also fits - completely unexpectedly - in the 5 SC, the operation can be considered a success.
Today is premiere in Kiel. A statement for Saab, the spirit and the vitality of the brand. An 9000 Aero became an 9000 SC. The roof and the Alcantara skies donated an Italian cousin, the rear and side windows are also from the south. The rest is custom made, or made of Trollhättan, like the original lining of the cargo space.
The station wagon, which is only available once, will accompany us to Sweden to the Saab Festival. Of course I drove it beforehand - it's really fun! The test report and more information about the 9000 SC project will be posted on the blog after the festival. It doesn't have to stay with a Saab 9000 SC. Inquiries for further modifications have already been received. Even more dreams could hit the streets. Saab, that's what we make of it.