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 working 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 true. Unfortunately, Orio does not have its own tradition or rally department - but with Team Wagenheimer a kind of unofficial German factory 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 are not many Saab 9-5 NG sportswear in the world. Only 27, to be exact, but these cars are amazing. at Saab surname A 9-5 NG Kombi Linear TTID4 has been available for sale for several days now. Worldwide the only station wagon in Laserrot and a pre-series car. He has, and that is the astonishing, already 203.000 kilometers are on the clock. I still remember the nervousness at Saab when I was handed the keys to a 2011-9 NG sports suit in autumn 5. Be careful, pre-production, handmade, delicate, not mature. 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. 64.000 € introduces the owner. What seems expensive and where one or the other reader might be prone to cardiac arrhythmias. Because "new", and with 200.000 kilometers less, at the KVD auction, the 9-5 was much cheaper.
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.