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.
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.
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.