Future Market Youngtimer

In the last few days there has been a lot of talk about the future ... networked and autonomous driving, electric cars, a mobility provider with a new brand from Trollhättan. The blog does the balancing act, because we have two future topics - one of them is called Saab. In addition to the big topics everyone is talking about, a second market is developing that is at least as exciting.

Saab - Scania logo. Saab 9000 1998. The best years of the brand?
Saab - Scania logo. Saab 9000 1998. The best years of the brand?

Youngtimer as a future topic

The future topic is Youngtimer, a dynamically developing segment. A Studie from BBE Automotive splits the cars after years. The German Youngtimer stock of vehicles from the age of 15 to 19 years will continue to grow until 2020, percentage increase is still stronger in the 20 to 29 year. 2020 expects 10 millions of classic cars and classics on our roads.

Developments in the classic and youngtimer market. Study BBE Automotive
Developments on the classic and youngtimer market. Study BBE Automotive

The market has a volume of 16,4 billion euros annually. Of particular interest is the segment of leisure youngtimers. Their owner should be around the 45 years old, invest an average of 2.600,00 € per year for his vehicle, and have a certain inclination to contract workshop.

An opportunity for the Saab workshops, many of which have recognized the business with the Youngtimern and continuously expand it. The market with the old, analogue vehicles is a kind of countermovement to what is going on. It can be assumed that the business will develop all the more, the more the future topics of mobility will penetrate our everyday lives.

The interesting market of leisure youngtimer. Study BBE Automotive
The interesting market of leisure youngtimer. Study BBE Automotive
The chance for Saab

A chance for Saab? I guess so. The most interesting models of the brand belong to the booming youngtimer segment of vehicles up to 30 years of age. Starting with the Saab 900, which is charming and still suitable for everyday use. Or the technically supercooled 9000, Saab's first and most innovative contribution to the luxury class. The 9-3 I combines the charm of the hatchback with powerful turbo engines, the 902 is the wallflower that has yet to be discovered.

If I flip through the mails of the last days, then the future is clear. One reader imports two Saabs from the years 2001 and 2002 from the USA, another brings a Toppola camper to Germany. A Sonett III is almost completely restored and contenders for approval, in Swedish Saab forums one complains that so many vehicles go to Germany. The brand is alive no matter what swan they have written on them in the last few weeks.

Why do people drive old cars? Because they want to feel it. The roads, the curves, the pavement of the road. Because then strange things can happen. You get caught with the window open, which you would never do in the company car. One is interested in portable navigation devices and hands-free devices. Turn off the air conditioner, open the sunroof instead, feel the sun, the wind. Does the seasons come true, the landscapes; Gradients and descents are suddenly events again. Where have they been before? Away, stolen by perfect, environmentally sealed vehicles. Everything can be experienced more intensively in the Youngtimer.

Problem: Availability

The availability of good vehicles will be a brake on the future of analogue cars. The 9000 already feels it today. Buying the right 9000 is increasingly becoming a matter of patience and good relationships. Not infrequently, cars change owners within the scene. If you can not find a 9000 that fits your imagination and budget, then an early 9-5 is the possible alternative.

Preserving and restoring vehicles will be the Saab future. This means that the brand is in line with the trend. Unintentionally, and owed more to the tragic entanglements of the last few years. The fact that Saab relied on long-term designs in the 80s and 90s and that some vehicles are absolutely "over engineered" is a fact that gives hope for the future.

The blog is right in the middle of this trend, and without the old Saabs, the blog would have no future. Our 9000, known as Anna Project, is going to the workshop in Frankfurt this week. The air conditioning compressor is due, and a few small things should be dealt with at the same time. If we get an appointment, because the team in front of Gérard Ratzmann is well booked, the yard is always full. Our Paul project is stalling a little, family things have been a priority in the last few weeks, with the challenge of keeping the blog going.

Saab Youngtimers accompany us into the future - which we can design ourselves on the blog, in the community, in the clubs and at the many meetings. From now on, it is our job to keep the Saab flags waving in the wind. The responsibility for the future is in the hands of all of us.

15 thoughts on "Future Market Youngtimer"


    No matter what age - be it to drive a classic car, young or baby car - there is hardly a better production vehicle than a correspondingly young or old SAAB.

    At classics meetings, the 123 series of another manufacturer usually stacks according to color and also in every possible and impossible state. Even in the streetscape you do not look anymore (or not yet?).

    By contrast, even young and youngest SAABs, at least in Germany, are a comparatively rare sight - they are already eye-catching from the nimbus of the past.

  • There are also people who do not like vintage cars. Unfortunately, on an exit, some cyclists even complained about my stinking 96er. I can even understand these ecosystems, after all, trips for pleasure are, strictly speaking, a waste of raw materials. Then, of course, every flight on vacation also means pollution, which would not be necessary if you stayed in Germany. How much freedom can each individual allow himself and thereby consume resources and energy to indulge his hobby?

    • The classicism is also a question of mutual tolerance and respect. Unfortunately, it is not everywhere in the Saab scene, as you can read on other platforms.

  • It would be nice, if in the future street picture more and more diversity would come into its own and new cars, wait-young- and vintage cars could coexist harmoniously; But: who actually protects the owners of older cars from the arbitrariness of our politicians? The introduction of the green sticker was the largest expropriation in the history of the Federal Republic by the associated driving bans! Not even the comrades had dared. Now the DHU is already bawling about driving bans for all diesel cars, in Paris there will soon be no more classic cars. If we do not raise our voices loud and clearly point out the environmental benefits of already produced cars, I see rather black for the future market Youngtimer

    • Well, you have to see it from both sides. Although I have a diesel in the fleet, but also like to cycle. If you have to drive in the city traffic by bike behind a few diesels, you sometimes wish for yourself that the things disappear from the cities.

    • The introduction of the green badge was a bit strange ...

      I know cases, because just 2 years old luxury SUVs suddenly become useless and therefore almost worthless. Yes, that had something of a dispossession wave!

      At the same time, however, not a single gasoline affected me. Maybe one or two Trabant, who was too young for a H license plate?

      Otherwise, despite all fears, the introduction of the fine dust sticker for gasoline engines was pleasingly unspectacular ...

    • With Youngtimern sure vigilance is announced. The political will to get old metal sheets out of the street for new metal is there. I am thinking only of the destruction of resources in the wake of the scrapping premium, as well-groomed first-hand Saabs (and not only) went into the press in favor of cheap boxes and short-term effects. But we live in a democracy and can articulate ourselves if something does not suit us.
      Incidentally, our friends from France are protesting at the 10. July against the locking out of older cars.

      • That's exactly the point. Sustainable car handling, as we SAAB fans are forced to do, is finding more and more followers, but is not wanted by the lobby-driven policy. It does not matter who sits in the government.

        I even dare to say that electromobility must also be prevented by the “decision-makers” for as long as possible. How should the mineral oil tax losses be compensated if EVs are still tax-exempt.
        And industry could no longer sell us any old technology - spiced up with senseless electronics - at utopian prices. An electric motor may last far too long.
        If you read a test report today, a compact car cannot be driven without the full package of assistants including a reversing camera and electronic handbrake - it's funny, this youngtimer boom 😉.

        @ Troll4ever: As long as North Sea crabs in Chemielake are being driven by truck to Morocco and back for peeling, and hundreds of aviators fly fruit and flowers around the globe every day, we don't have to worry about raw materials when we go out. Without the far too cheap transport costs, globalization with its environmental destruction would not exist in this form. But it is easy to make the "little man" feel guilty and cash in on him with it.

  • I would not be surprised if one important factor were the miserable design of today's vehicles. Surface entertainment with tuberculous concave forms is already entering the third generation.

    I find it significant that the actually rather boring Phaeton experienced a small boom after the competition had shot to the knee, and that the appealing designed new S-Class is such a success. Nix technology, design.

    Actually, the 9-5 II would have had a great future.

  • I can understand everything very much. I also see it that way, I want to feel the car and somehow determine where the thing should go! In this sense, my two 9-3 I are cherished and maintained!

  • SAABs have always been individual and not just cars

  • "Their owners should be around 45 years old, invest an average of € 2.600,00 annually for their vehicle, and have a certain tendency to go to an authorized workshop."

    They have the chance, if I feel comfortable with it and if the togetherness comes back to the level of 10 years ago.

    • Luckily we have the choice between workshops that really live Saab. That you feel in good hands is extremely important, otherwise it will not work.

      • But in Germany you can count these workshops on one hand. In Switzerland, the level of expertise seemed much higher to me. No former dealer can see my Saab vehicles here. Either they did not know about models that were older than 10 years or you had to explain your own service bulletins to the workshop. If there are no longer any original spare parts for a repair, you stand there. I can't get a box from Skandix to every ex-Saab dealer and if they don't (want to) order from one of these dealers themselves, you're out of luck. Especially when the car is a little more "exotic". With a 901 8V Turbo to a Saab dealer? I can stop by VW right away, because there is even a higher chance that you will meet someone who is still familiar with the k-Jetronic.

  • The 9k purchase has become extremely difficult. Most copies are rocked, there is nothing worthwhile. The 9-3 I is better if you are not looking for an AERO. There are still good copies for sale at a small price. Who strikes now does not go wrong, because there is nothing more.

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