Techno Classica 2018. The second Life.

The Techno Classica 2018. Shiny, old metal, which presents itself from its most beautiful side. Outside, the wave of digitalization is approaching, but everything seems to be alright in the halls. An impression that is deceptive. The years of unrestrained growth are over for now. Whether it will only be a damper or a turnaround is unclear.

Saab 900 Monte Carlo

The Porsche 911, the mainstream car of speculation, continues to dominate the fair. The brand practices itself in a kind of overpresence. A large stand of the Porsche AG, a discreet from the Porsche Center Gelderland, countless dealers with a focus on Swabian sports cars. The official Porsche Club probably has the largest number of clubs, probably paid by Porsche AG. And for an ordinary 911er is now an average of 70.000,00 € on the price tag, instead of 50.000,00 as before 2 years ago.

But something is different. Hardly anyone seems to be interested, the stalls of the dealers remain empty, and one finds no "sold" stickers on the windscreens. Is there a bubble bursting, or is it just a market adjustment?

The mainstream crisis has advantages. For the visitors, after 3 halls in which felt every 2. Car is a Porsche, are unnerved. And for dealers who can rediscover other, neglected brands. So you could see more French vehicles this year. A well-groomed R16, a R5 Turbo, a DS in the high-end segment, luxury from Facel Vega.

A beautiful, original Saab 92B

Saab is finally an issue. Both in the high-price halls, as well as on the outdoor area. A very nice, very original Saab 92B was for sale in hall 9. A classic with a visibly lived life that has not been restored to death. The paint dull and probably original, the interior undamaged and recognizable 65 years filled with life. One can only wish that the potential buyer carefully preserves and preserves the Saab. Perfectly over-restored classics are already enough.

The price of 25,000.00 € shows where the tendency of Trollhättan classics is. The Saab 900 Monte Carlo Cabriolet from the same supplier was on sale for 35,000.00 €. A few halls further ahead then a 95 V4 for 16,900.00 € and, right next door, an 900 convertible. A strange vehicle, with a pubertal painted grille and missing extensions on the fenders. More rolling restoration than a serious offer.

Saab 9000i with 66.000 kilometers

Two interesting cars were on display in the open air. Really tasty: a Saab 9000i from the year 1988 with 66.000 kilometers. An extremely authentic car that was 27 years at its Swedish owner. He must have loved and cared for his Saab, as the stickers on the car prove. The condition is reminiscent of the first and second look at a year-old car, hardly capable of a H-class classic. The ingenious bokhara red (!) Interior is pure 80er years, and the Saab would be the safe ticket for any vintage car ride.

The two cheerful, nice Swedish salesmen can prove kilometers and history. After almost 30 years of first-time ownership, the Saab 2015 came to a collector, from whose estate the 9000i is now being sold. The price: 9.000,00 €. Sure, what else .. Reasonable? I guess so. He may be the only 9000i with manual gearshift with this condition, mileage and history. The best Swedish car of the 80 years is not expensive. But priced in appropriately. Fancy a good 9000 CC? The address of the seller is available to us.

Saab 9-3 with 29.600 kilometers

One row ahead, the next Swede. A Saab 9-3 from the year 1999. The first 9-3 generation is now officially arrived in the Youngtimer age. An exceptional car, with 29.600 kilometers on the clock. Believable? The view into the interior and on the paint clears any doubt. Only virtually untouched seats look like that, so there are only cars that have seen little sun.

The price 9.800,00 €. Again, you can save the discussion about the price. The 9-3 may be the only one in this condition and with this mileage. A case for collectors. But mood does not come up. I would have liked to buy the 9000i for the two Swedes. Because the car fits, because good mood and a story behind it. After a few beers, the price and the feeling would have been in harmony and everything would be perfect.

Not so with the 9-3. The impression shows that a used car professional wants to make a checkout here. The thick applied paint reminiscent of sinister gravel, the flaked emblems on the back and front spoil the car character of an otherwise very clean car.

Is the classic scene coming back to its roots? Will she become more diverse and interesting again? This year's Techno Classica gives reason for a small hope. The Saab density has doubled, at a very low level. Maybe a start.

Great classic fairs are also trendy barometers. Another traditional brand is a trendsetter and demonstrates where the journey could go. More about it this week in the column "Tom`s rearview mirror".

13 thoughts too "Techno Classica 2018. The second Life."

  • Nice that collectors objects emerge from nowhere again and again! An old SAAB is more individual than any 1000 911x! The brand has a lot of potential!

  • I think the mood of the Techniclassica well captured ....... In addition, I would like to note after my visit yesterday: It is sometimes really embarrassing, as the marketing departments of large car companies, which for years a Sch ...... .. to the support of Oldiefahrer taken care of now have to play as a great Tradionalisten ...... So the VW Group made at the fair with his brands really tam-tam ... ..not only that of the Seat Trekka (in the sixties with basic parts of the Octavia for the huge Car market in New Zealand there battled four-wheel drive car) is now made the father of the Vierradantrieb.Philosophie, no, also have the Fiat license buildings from Spain, the Fiat 600 and similar to the company name SEAT same, serve to show how international VW with tradition and classic cars bypasses.
    I hope that the downturn of the "professional" vintage dealers described by Tom leads to the fact that the whole settles back in the lover area, even if this may remain a dream. Maybe then for brave brand clubs again an appearance at the Techniclassia better funded and the stands of these dedicated club members will be highlights of this event again ......... this year I found the booth of the DKW Munga freaks, in which a Red Cross stadium with everything Snapping and snapping including the blood pumping from the open tibia fracture of an attractive mannequin at its most exciting.

    • Last Saturday did you read the full-page article "Swedish steel with turbocharger" in the daily newspaper "Die Welt"? "Saab would have to be mousetot long ago, the manufacturer went 2011 insolvent. But thanks to dedicated fans and a good spare parts location, the brand lives on ... "So even without factory support.

      • I guess it's this one Article from the WORLD, which is also available online. Well written and also Bredlow, Germany's oldest Saab dealer (and sporadic blog supporter = thanks to Berlin!), Comes in it.

        • Bredlow is the oldest in Germany? I did not know that …

          But it explains a lot. On the positive side, in any case, the owner community and employees all drive and live SAAB ...

          Of course, Bredlow was also the point of contact for the SAAB dealer tour. There I saw in Natura the only 9-5 II SC and 9-4X that I ever got to see beyond photos.

          On the negative is then perhaps that more and more generations want to live from the SAAB business? The (grand) father and founder (singular) became sons (plural) decades ago. And long since also children's children. In other words, the grown-up grandchildren of the founder ...

          Now, SAAB might ideally have been able to follow this exponential (family) development, but sadly SAAB does not.

          And even the capital is not paved with (former) SAAB dealers. The selection is small and I have experience with both. No one is cheap. I would like to have more choice. But as it is, the cheaper SAAB dealer also seems to me to be ...

          My personal advice to him would be to support the blog in the future, but perhaps more continuously. The community is shrinking, but their cohesion is growing. Being there is everything ...

          Just my 2 cents.

          • Bredlow has a lot of history to offer ... Look at the great, old Saab CI on the building. In the house to the left of the workshop and showroom, 2011's walls in the hallway were full of pictures of the company's history. Worth seeing, maybe that is still the case today.

            The hope for more permanent blog supporters is, with all Saab Spirit, just as utopian as to hope for a new start in Sweden. Fewer cars, a shrinking community, with increasing effort. Nothing is forever dear to Herbert!

          • The sentence (nothing is eternal) is so universally valid that any contradiction is of course pointless ...

            He will apply to everything. Be it on the remaining SAABs, a SAAB blog, the community or Bredlow. But for the moment, I think it's good when everyone looks together, how they have fun together for as long as possible and still for as long as possible mutually beneficial and mutual benefit.

            That's what it meant. And there are quite a few permanent supporters of the blog, who apparently see it as similar? Where else could you place your range of parts and / or services closer to the target audience than here?

          • That's the point. As long as it's fun everything is in the green area!

  • Hello Tom

    I was there on the last day (Sunday) and on some cars hung signs as sold, but also -10% or new price 1000 € -5000 € less etc .. So slow go the partly astronomical prices so down again (the R5 Turbo was By the way, the Saabs are still unsold)

    Nevertheless, many still seem to hope for the "DEAL", because in addition to the usual suspects, who have been seen at the fair for years now (sometimes with the same vehicle), were also several new dealers on site (from near and far-> Sweden eg). How much their cars had to take back despite the above discounts is unclear.

    The huge brand name halls (except for Volvo, Landrover & Jaguar) annoy me for several years. In the meantime, I've been there for the 15Mal and at the beginning you have not really seen a manufacturer, meanwhile you are literally killed by them (BMW, Mercedes and the VW Group). Especially the one at the club area was marked, this time thanks to conversion kpl. was occupied by VW Markenclubs (the others had been pushed into a tent). At Mercedes and BMW, the whole thing is integrated into the brand show.

    Greetings Cetak

  • Was excited about the Saab 92B but for the price the man has demanded goes down with me the interest.
    But in general glad that our Saab Old timers are appreciated more and more.

  • Hello Tom!
    Have read with great interest your two articles from the Techno Classica, our favorite brand shows again and still presence! Therefore, a very big request: may I print your two articles in excerpts in the issue 1 / 2018 the Trollpost (Club newspaper of the Austrian Saab Club) and use the Saab images (both, of course, with reference to the source)?
    Greetings, Erich

    • Dear Erich, very much!

      • Thank you, Tom! I will send you a copy. Please PM via FB or mail with address, thank you!
        Greetings, Erich

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