Of course there are rules when buying an old car. You have experiences ... the head says exactly what to do and what not to do. And it's not that the warning lights have completely failed at the Anna project. But sometimes you break your own rules because you can. Or because you really want to have a car. Or because you just feel like unreasonable ... and life is so short.
Before 30, Saab delivered the first 9000ers, and when the Anna project kicked off in 2013, that anniversary was far from over. That Anna would slide into the anniversary year, was not foreseeable. The scene around 9000 has changed radically in the last two years, as has the offer in the major portals. Good, well-maintained vehicles are harder to find, cheaper nuclear waste dominates and is worth no investment.
Good vehicles are wanted - but rare.
The blog gets in the last few months repeatedly emails with Saab 9000 requests. That too is new. In demand are vehicles in good condition, priced around the 5.000,00 €. Often a Saab 901 is replaced, which was previously an everyday car and now mutated into a collector's item. The interested parties have concrete ideas. It starts with the color, the equipment, the gearbox desire and turns to the question of whether a sunroof must be or not. The motorization is, actually surprising, less interesting. Sure, with a Youngtimer you do not necessarily have to clear the left lane with 200 kilometers per hour. Even if some Saab could and it is a lot of fun.
Our Anna project has become more extensive than originally planned. I have been writing for days on the story that is not finished yet and is evolving. Anna is now in daily use and surprises with peculiarities. The 9000er project will accompany the blog for several weeks and will start the next week with the purchase alone, which is a story in itself, because it is a snapshot of the Saab community in the year 2013. Because actually Anna was, following the comments of a forum, condemned to export.
I write in the sequels about a badly neglected car. 100.000 kilometers, during this time only service in a free workshop without Saab background - this is a test of endurance that leaves its mark. As if that was not enough, comes to the rust on the window frame, which is the result of the disc exchange at a certain provider. So that the story is not boring, there is one or the other nasty surprise. Yes, and what experiences do you have with a restoration over 600 kilometers away?
Saab 9000 - Performance.
It's also about what a Saab 9000 is worth and what it should be worth. And because unreason is always there, the topic tuning comes on the blog. Turbos are best suited for these actions; 9000ers with 400 PS are a topic in Sweden (and not just there). We do not do it that way. But: we treat our 9000er project with some extra horsepower and thus completely enthusiastically clear the left lane (almost) completely empty.
Starting next week, we will be flying the 9000 theme in a relaxed sequence on a weekday. The first big Saab has found a circle of friends in recent years. At the Saab Festival we had some very nice cars from Germany and Switzerland in our convoy. Maybe the Anna project will please even more fans. It would be nice !