Do you still remember your first Saab? My first car from Trollhättan was a Saab 900S, but the very first Saab in my life was a 9000. A freshly made 9000 CS, which I was allowed to drive as a rental car for a few weeks in 1992 until my 900 was delivered.
Actually, the CS was not particularly exciting. He was red with depressionsgrauemem fabric, and as engine there was not even a turbo. The 2.3 liter engine with 145 PS was then enough for confident and relaxed driving. And I liked to drive it, although I had an official car with the four rings as an alternative.
The 9000 somehow got stuck in my head. Even later, after 3 Saab 900 and countless other vehicles from Ingolstadt. At some point our ways separated, the brand with the rings never found its way into my carport, but the Saabs stayed. And there were more and more. A whole pack of 9000 has accumulated over the years. One 89er 9000 CC, one 92er CS, two Anniversarys. The culprit is probably the one 9k from 1992.
How important was the 9k for Saab?
For Saab, the 9000 was an important car. Perhaps the most innovative in the company's history. We just forgot how important the 9k was over the years. In the past few weeks I've been reviewing Saab literature, reading old press releases and tests, talking to Saab people. I am immersed in the old, sometimes crazy times when the turbos learned to fly from one of the smallest manufacturers. The 30th anniversary of the Talladega Long Run was the reason to deal intensively with the 80s and 90s - the time of the Saab 9000, its history and its role for the brand and Saab DNA. And with its charisma far beyond the end of production in 1998.
October will be all about the Saab 9000 saga. A series of articles will take us back in time over 30 years ago. While I am writing about the past, Thorsten goes on a trip to Trollhättan. With his beautiful 9000 CC Turbo, which he has made flying with a lot of passion over the past few months. From the Rhine-Main area via Denmark it goes to Sweden. Back to the birthplace of his Saab, and he will report on his trip from Wednesday.
Mark and I will then head north in two weeks, visit the museum, meet Thorsten, and have dates with some Saab personalities.
Is it getting boring on the blog? Are we becoming one-sided? No! Of course, we provide the necessary variety for all readers who can't do that much with Swedish steel that is no longer so young. Some of the stories of our Saab Summertime campaign have not yet been published, and Paul, our project Saab, will continue to play a role. The future at NEVS, the prospects of the former Saab factory, will also occupy us. October will be very exciting from an automotive point of view. The blog team promises a lot of reading fun.