Writing about the value preservation of older cars has become a socio-political statement. That was not always so, especially not in the year 2011 when I started writing. Times have changed, the preservation of old vehicles is also a piece of criticism of the system.
Good, worthy cars from the 80er and 90er years were scrapped last in favor of new cars. Aimless, meaningless. In doing so, if we wanted to improve our environment, we would not need other cars, but longer-lived ones that are used intelligently.
The loss of Youngtimern is enormous and should continue. That's a shame because we destroy a piece of history with every vehicle. Old cars have something to tell, and sometimes a nasty duckling turns into a great swan.
A piece of (German) contemporary history
Before the 9000 CD rolls in the direction of the workshop and TÜV, Oli explores the history of the sedan, becoming a car archaeologist. Because the Saab has a special story that only gradually becomes clear, and it reads like this:
In the year 1993, the embassy council of a Baltic embassy, which at that time still has its headquarters in the federal capital of Bonn, imports a brand new Saab 9000 CD 2.3i to Germany. The Saab is almost fully equipped. He only lacks the sunroof. A noble, prestigious vehicle, with a very popular at that time dark green paint and seats with heavy, black leather.
The Saab does not stay in Bonn, it is passed on to the mother of the embassy council to Hamburg. The reasons for the intra-family transaction are probably the very favorable conditions that Trollhättan offers in the business of diplomatic vehicles. The owner, a lady at an advanced age, allows the 9000 CD on the 1.10.1993. She will drive the car until her death. Who is this lady? We do not want to write her name, only so much: she is a member of the Academies of Sciences in several Scandinavian countries, as well as a Professor Emeritus of the University of Hamburg.
The representative CD is maintained at Saab Uhlenhorst, he is consistently maintained. When his owner dies at a very senior age, he is logged off 2016 and ends up at the dealer where Oli will rescue him two years later.
The story is clear, as is often the case with a Saab 9000. Many of these Swedish S-Classes have been driven by the first owner for a very long time, making it easier to explore their history. Oli notices that the CD also carries another, unusual piece of technology from the 90 years on another review.
Folksam data recorder
This marks the start of an excursion into the early years of accident research, which was carried out extremely consistently in Scandinavia. Because in addition to a Swabian car maker, it was mainly the Swedes who invested a lot of energy into this discipline early on.
Saab built the safest cars in the world in the 80 and 90 years. To be objective, everything that came from Sweden back then was considered extremely secure. Co-responsibility was next to Saab, Volvo and Autoliv as the driving force of insurance Folksam. It purposefully pursued accident research and installed data recorders in the vehicles.
In the year 1992 Folksam introduced the first recorder (CPR), which responded to a mechanical crash impulse. The devices were installed in 260.000 Swedish cars from Toyota, Saab, Opel and Honda. In mid-2008, the CPR was replaced by a new, electronic generation of recorders (ECR).
Until November 2018, Oli had never seen a crash recorder from the 90 years - until he bought the CD and found a strange, black box in the spare wheel well. With a Saab sticker and Folksam lettering. The font "Crash Pulse Recorder" left no doubt. An early data recorder that fortunately never had to prove its function.
The 9000 CD turns out, from a historical perspective, as a great stroke of luck. A previous owner with a thrilling background, a rare Folksam data recorder. The courage to buy the 9k has paid off so far. Auto-archaeologist Oli had his fun.
Now the workshop, TÜV, approval and wellness program are on the list. And of course Oli wants the CD to be converted to Euro 2.
How to proceed with the 9000 CD is coming soon on the blog.