I'm probably NOT THE biggest SAAB fan in the world, but definitely one of the biggest. I got infected many years ago when I was a young boy and every Friday at noon I rummaged through the car dealerships in the city to collect leaflets.
The local SAAB dealer changed the owner and the place from time to time, but he could not escape me! In this city in the Netherlands (Zwolle) there was and still is a SCANIA assembly plant. An acquaintance of my father worked there and when one day arrived with an 900 turbo (that must have been so 1983) I was finally forgiven.
SAAB is not my only favorite brand. I have a soft spot for brands that are definitely not mainstream and somehow have something special like brands like Lancia or Rover. Unfortunately, these brands are very difficult to survive because they sell only small quantities. I am currently working in the product strategy of a German premium brand and know how expensive it is to develop a completely new vehicle.
Sometimes I get a little smile there, but firstly I don't care - I stand by my passion - and secondly I'm not the only one. I am particularly interested in SAAB's reduced Swedish design and turbo technology. The safety concept and environmental awareness complete the picture.
As a Ingenieur Fahrzeugtechnik, I found the turbo engine ever more intelligent and progressive than a large-capacity vacuum cleaner. It is much more demanding for the same drivability to get much power and torque from a small engine with less displacement than from a large. The small engine is much more efficient! Beginning of the 80-he still an exotic one, find today in the modern automobile almost exclusively turbo engines use, but could also Per Gillbrand as he started in the 70er years with the development, certainly not suspecting.
I own 2 SAAB with turbo engine (185 PS) namely an 900 Coupé and an 900 Cabriolet. Both are model year 1996, so this is the 900 II. In the SAAB fanbase, the 900 II is sometimes not considered a true SAAB. Yes, the car is based on an Opel platform and has some Opel parts. But without GM and the technical base, SAAB would not even have survived the 90ers in my opinion (see the book "SAAB 900 - A Swedish History"). I think that the development team led by Yngve Larsson has been very successful in integrating many typical SAAB elements into the design and the 900 II is therefore a true SAAB! Especially the coupe I find very attractive by the arrow shape and the very sporty C-pillar, which is very reminiscent of the 900 I. Now underrated, but I'm sure the 900 II will be a classic as well!
My coupe is in a very good original condition and is further equipped with the ingenious Sensonic system. I love switching myself, but getting in and out is sometimes annoying. Especially in the city or in traffic. The Sensonic has already reliably supported 140.000 km and 15 years in the switching work. The 900 II turbo-charged coupe and Sensonic should now be very rare and I would sell it for no money in the world. I recently got in SAAB Museum met in Trollhättan the developer of the transmission. That was a very interesting conversation. Thanks Peter Bäckström!
My convertible is an American model but has never been there. It was first registered in the Netherlands, probably an American diplomat who bought the car. How then the car came to Germany, I still have to find out. It is the top model with full equipment. Even the electric seat adjustment is on board. Curiously, by the way, in the US, the V6 was more expensive then the 2-liter turbo and thus the actual top model. The feeling of driving a SAAB Cabriolet in the summer in good weather is indescribable. Although I also open at lower temperatures! Thanks to good heating, heated seats and wind deflector, this is not a problem.
To protect the two 900 I bought a 9-3 model year 2000 for the winter as Daily Driver. I just can not keep it from 5 months to drive no SAAB! Despite its 17 years, 200.000 km, 2-liter sucker and automatic drives the car very well. I have arranged myself with the automatic, it still shifts very soft. The car slows down tremendously and is ideal for commuting to work and cruising.
Apart from cars, I collect all the publications about SAAB. I have almost all sales brochures from 1960 to 2012, from 95 / 96 to 9-5 NG. Otherwise I collect books, press kits, so everything I can get. In my cellar I have built a small automotive archive on 30 m² and so the SAAB virus will continue for a long time!
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