1978 was a long time ago. 40 years, to be exact. But then Saab made a name for itself with a little innovation that is common knowledge today. If you ask yourself how you could survive as a small manufacturer for so long, then you will find an answer in the many larger or smaller ideas.
An 40 anniversary
As an example, the automatic seat heating would be. Or as simple things as an inner handle to close the tailgate or an interior air filter. The particle-tight interior air filter introduced Saab already in the year 1978. The Swedes described themselves as the first manufacturer who installed an air filter against pollen, soot and particulate matter for the interior as standard in a family sedan. An 40 anniversary that almost passed us by.
Air filters for the interiors are standard today. And, in the course of the discussion on emissions, a current topic even 40 years later. How clean is the air in a Saab 9-3? An important question that we investigated. The topic comes in detail in the next few days on the blog.
A man rides a rally
People who work in the auto industry are said to have gasoline in their blood. That may almost always be true. In the case of Orio Germany boss Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher, it is certainly true. Orio unfortunately does not have its own tradition or rally department - but with Team Wagenheimer it is a kind of unofficial German works team.
Meanwhile, the rally virus has jumped in the Wagenheimers in the next generation, therefore, you can find more often with two Saabs at events. The 10 Lakes Classic Rally At the end of the season Robert Wagenheimer competed with co-driver Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher in the 96, Victoria Wagenheimer and Konstantin Friedrichs piloted the 99. The result for 135 participants was impressive. The team in 96 took place 8 of the ranking, the 99 drove ahead to rank 48.
A car from 27
There aren't many Saab 9-5 NG sports suits in this world. Only 27 to be precise, but these cars are amazing. A 9-5 NG Kombi Linear TTID4 has been for sale at Saab Suchomel for a few days. The world's only station wagon in laser red and a pre-production car. It has, and this is one of the astonishing features, already 203.000 kilometers on the clock. I still remember the nervousness at Saab when I was given the keys to a 2011-9 NG sports suit in autumn 5. Be careful, pre-series, handcrafted, delicate, not fully developed. Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. The Saab at Suchomel stands for the opposite.
The other amazing thing is the price. The owner introduces himself € 64.000. What seems expensive, and where one or the other reader could be prone to cardiac arrhythmias. Because "new", and with 200.000 kilometers less, the 9-5 was much cheaper at the KVD auction.
But it is a Saab. One of only 27 and maybe the dream of one or the other reader. And what is money? Only printed paper, totally overrated. Pictures of the station wagon are available 9-5sc2012.com.