Birthday, 20 years, finally ... On March 30th the time had come. The Saab 9000 Anna project and its midnight blue, still nameless relative turned 20. They rolled off the assembly line in Trollhättan on the same day, came to Germany, and then went their separate ways.
For 15 years and 8 days until they return to Saab Hangar came together. The future prospects for the silver 9k, now known as Anna, were bleak. In principle, it was an “end-of-life” car. Remaining TÜV, window frame grate, an enormous maintenance backlog with a list as long as the Great Wall of China, a depressed door. No car that could make you want Saab.
A clear case for export, or just to use up. Almost it would have happened, because all potential buyers in front of me said then. Probably they were more sensible than me, maybe they didn't see the potential that was in the Saab. The 9000 would then have simply joined the statistics and would have disappeared at some point.
Everything gets better from the 20th year…
For a car, the time is between the 15. and 20. Year most dangerous. Stocks are shrinking rapidly, especially in the 19. Year. Up to 20% of the year disappears from the inventory. Be recycled or, in the most favorable case, exported to the East or Africa. Then, after the 20. Birthday turns the tide. The loss rate dwindles from year to year. At the same time the care condition gets better, the maturing of the Youngtimer becomes a classic.
In 30. Year, with the consecration of the H-mark, comes the turn. The secret cold reserve, consisting of garage gold and barn finds, is used. More vehicles of a vintage are logged on than off. (Source / Statistics: Autobild Classic 2 / 2018)
So now 20. The Anna Project is in a much better state than it was before 5 years ago. Still not perfect, which is never the goal. The nameless, midnight blue relative is prettier and better. But also had a pleasing history. The probability that both Saabs will get the H flag is high. If nothing unforeseen comes in between.
And the neglected 9k is back in the league of checkbook-groomed specimens. Once a year it goes to the oil change and inspection Frankfurt, Of course you could do that yourself. but that is not the point. Four eyes see more than 2, and I want to know even in 10 years a Saab workshop with all their expertise in the area. Every visit to the Saab Partner is not only an investment in the Saab, but also in the immediate future of the brand.
There is no doubt that there is still a need for investment. Not urgent, but there are things that should not be lost sight of. And a wish list. For example a stainless steel exhaust system for the 9000.
Actually, the Anna project should have accompanied the blog only a certain amount of time. It turned out differently, the Saab remained. I like the 9k a lot, and I like it more and more, the older it gets. It turned out to be a good investment, even if it did not look like that at the beginning of the story. Old cars grow in our hearts as we screw and care for them. They have what modern vehicles can not offer. Sustainability and a very own, analog style. You can also say character to it.
But maybe the realization that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a good 9000 also plays a role. The survival rate of the best car that Sweden put on its wheels in the 80s is not high. It is 6,4% in the home country (Updated 2017). It will be similar in Germany.