News in brief. Saab in the GDR. Strut bar for the 9000.

The GDR was always the other German state for me. For Mark, the other state was the FRG. Before 1989, the core team of the blog would not have found each other, and things could have gone differently. From the Saab point of view, the GDR was always a no-man's-land for me.

Saab 9000 Turbo. Leipzig Fair 1986. Stock Photo: Olaf Krüger

Which is not so true, because in addition to Trabant, Wartburg, Lada and Co, there were also cars from the West. Volvo and Citroen are prominent examples, VW Golf and individual Japanese were due to compensation business.

Saab was at least sporadically represented. Two pictures from the photo archive of reader Olaf prove this. He was around the year 1985 with his ALTIX camera on the way, to document all vehicle brands in the territory of the GDR.

Saab 96 V4. To 1985 Halle / Saale. Stock Photo: Olaf Krüger

There was a considerable, historically interesting collection. Including the two Saab. An 96 V4 with Rostock registration number was documented in 1985 in Halle / Saale. For Olaf, it was the very first contact with the brand. That he would drive with enthusiasm later Saab, was not yet foreseeable at that time.

He was able to document a new Saab 9000 Turbo with Swedish approval for 1986 at the Leipzig Trade Fair. The 9000 is parked between a Ford Sierra (?) And a Trabant. The pictures bear witness to Saab's history and national past. We are happy to publish these witnesses.

Strut bar for the Saab 9000

Our Saab Youngtimer blog is still online as an archive. We have not published new articles for a long time, but he likes to read them every day. In one Post before 4 years, it was about strut braces for the Saab 9000. At that time, I had ordered from Maptun, but got nothing, because the article was no longer available.

The strut brace came later from Speedparts, I was very satisfied, and all of our 9000 Turbo have been receiving strut braces in the meantime. The handling is better, the front end stiffer, the investment is also recommended in long-term test.

The article has since been read again and again, and regularly mails come with questions about sources. Speedparts no longer has the product in the program, but Maptun can deliver again. The revised version should fit all 9000 models, not just the turbos. But we did not test that. Since the freight from Sweden to Germany is quite expensive, an order in the CardyourCar Shop offers.

11 thoughts too "News in brief. Saab in the GDR. Strut bar for the 9000."

  • Madness! How great is that ..., even in the GDR there were (occasionally) BITCHES!
    Thanks to Olaf for the documentation. The b / w pictures well reflect the then colorless mood. A testimonial!
    How good that today it is no longer a problem to travel to Thuringia, Saxony or to the Uckermark!

  • Yes, a Sierra Otherwise: Beautiful historical photos ....

  • the saab in the GDR is no witchcraft, as many Swedes in the GDR built luxury hotels ...

  • Thanks Tom for writing and setting the photos. I'm looking forward!
    A question that came to my mind at the first contact 1985 and still concerns me today: Have the SAAB 96V4 possibly used the headlights of the Wartburg 353? They look pretty damn similar. I once heard that the Wartburg headlights were also used in the Moskwitch (412 or 2140?). Could it be good that SAAB has used a cheap East German supplier.
    Does anyone know something about it?

    • The headlights have my opinion a standard form - the 99 are synonymous (I do not know if directly interchangeable), and I think the basic form known from other car models.
      To me once thought who, that the sunroof wind deflector between SAAB 900 and Wartburg 353 would come from own production - I have not compared it directly, whether there are models that fit exactly on both cars.

      Thank you for the photos!
      I have already heard of 99ern, which had also GDR past - never seen paper or photo material, but the reports seemed to me credible.

  • Great story, nice old pictures :)
    Thank you!

  • Hello.

    Since I'm just reading this article while espresso ... ..

    My former 9-5 SC 2.3 Arc had once received a strut brace from Wiechers "as an opportunity and rather by chance".
    Here are pictures of it:
    The thing has the driving behavior of the car (which I never thought so before) really very positively influenced!

    And Wichers had (at least then), by the way, probably synonymous for the 9000'er:

    • The Wichers aspirations do not fit for the 9000 CS, just for the CC. The CS has problems with the air conditioning lines. We had tried one, but then retourned. Meanwhile, Wiechers has only released them to 92. The material of the Wiechers struts is less valuable than that of Speedparts or Maptun, the processing is very simple.

      • Moin Tom.

        Ah, ok ... I did not know that at all (just thought, any alternative for Saab driver might be interesting for one or the other) .. hmmm. Sorry.

        My optically that looked back then namely (according to my amateur sense) for me namely "quite high quality", was then even installed by the "responsible employee" of the company personally and has also fit exactly.

        Here are the first pictures that did not work as link for some reason.

        Well, Wiechers is not a true Saab specialist (makes more likely "motorsport stuff", etc.) ... probably the direct Saab providers are therefore certainly already from "conviction" high quality.

        Saabige greetings "from the north" and a nice rest weekend!

  • To the cathedral struts:
    With the 2,3 suckers (thus without Turbo) it could be problematic with the fitting.
    I ordered a strut brace from Speedparts some time ago to install it on my 2,3i (MY 1991). Unfortunately, this did not even fit, because the oil dipstick is too high up due to the large intake bridge.
    With this experience, I wrote to Maptunes in Sweden directly and asked if their strut now fits for the 2,3 sucker.
    The answer came really fast (thanks for that): They have not tested this on the 2,3i, because the car is rare in Sweden. Thus, they could neither confirm nor deny that it fits. But they promised me to test that, if they have a suitable vehicle in the workshop.
    Because I would like to have one for my 9000 CD 2,3i

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