The stock of SAAB cars and some numbers of our beloved spare parts division are not only cause for joy. SAAB driving is becoming more and more of a hobby, as the cars are getting older and no new cars are in sight.
"If you help yourself the world will be much easier," said Hakon, a retired German teacher to us, happily climbed into my SAAB and drove us three blocks to our parking garage, after we had completely fumbled in Gothenburg despite Navi.
What it's about at this point is that the SAAB community sticks together in not-so-easy times. That actually succeeds in a good mood and robust. Nevertheless, in my opinion, it is time to do something about the shrinking stock. Too many SAABs are sold off as consumer cars and are lost forever.
A small but fine car manufacturer from the United Kingdom is pursuing an exciting approach to such problems. It is the brand BRISTOL. BRISTOL also had to stop production years ago (meanwhile a restart is in progress). There they went to put over used vehicles in the factory in Neuwagenzustand and then handed back to customer hands. There were even targeted improvements made to the vehicles such as chassis optimizations, the upgrading of the interior or the installation of current radios with hands-free system, etc.
There is no longer a SAAB factory ... and Catherina urgently needs a major overhaul ...
But the SAAB community has the SAAB Museum with workshops, the old factory in Norrköping and the former dealerships with excellent workshops. In particular, for the museum in this way could significantly improve its tense overall situation.
A shining example of this is the old Land Rover factory in Solihull. In it, used Defenders are being turned into nearly brand new "refurbished" vehicles nowadays. From the brilliant quality of the restorations of the SAAB Museum you can best get an impression on site. Once journalists moved the SAAB 99 turbo prototype a bit too ambitious. Unfortunately, the car did not survive this exit. But the museum has produced a grandiose reinterpretation.
The historic racing car from Mats Fägerhag can also be used as an example for the outstanding work on site. Surely even former SAAB employees would like to get involved in such a project. Perhaps then could the Swedish "arbetsformedlingen" still contribute funds for long-term unemployed. For example, a museum workshop could be created and finally SAAB cars could be "produced" again in Trollhättan.
There are many rich Americans, Japanese and Europeans ...
Also includes the theme of old and classic cars for our beloved spare parts division considerable potential. From a Swedish perspective, the requests from Germany are somewhat strange, as the stock of old SAAB in Sweden goes back and the cars in Västra Götaland rust quickly in the salty air. But the major premium manufacturers from Germany have greatly expanded their activities in this area in recent years. This indicates that manufacturers' offers in this area are profitable.
The SAAB 900 Convertible is one of the modern classics par excellence. The solvent driver, and not only the pleased about brand new fender and maintenance parts in OEM quality. Orio has already taken a first step in the right direction by sponsoring historic rallies.
The SAAB blog and its community with its repair and improvement culture also represent a kind of sustainable alternative to the classic car industry. For a new car, around 1 tonne of steel is still needed. In the case of repair, the use of resources is clearer, smaller, more sustainable and thus more environmentally conscious.
When it comes to sustainability, fuel also plays an important role. So you can, for example, with Triboron his two-stroke wean the smoke. The potential of this topic is demonstrated by the almost smoke-free ride of the Stena ferry from Gothenburg to Kiel. Especially for old and new timers, a similar effect can also be applied to the automotive sector.
Even in the brand itself slumbers considerable income potential for Orio and the museum. Orio has already started with a brand shop. The museum runs a small shop with a web site. Somewhat neglected is the classic SAAB Sport + Rally logo. Merchandise in this area pleases every SAAB racer.
There is still a lot of fire in the glow of this little legendary car manufacturer from the far north. Together we can still achieve a lot. Some SAAB workshops have been "refurbishing" for a long time. Jörg Gaworski from SAAB Service Gaworski comments: "These cars are absolutely worth preserving!"
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