The Techno Classica opened its doors in Essen yesterday. With us, as always, the 1st German Saab Club. He is presenting the Trollhättan brand this year with a Saab 99 and a 96. Very traditional - you could say. Maybe a little boring? It is not at all, because one of the exhibits has something to tell.
Yes, a Saab stand, but no turbo in sight. That may be tough, but it's still entertaining. Because the Saab 99 has a fate that you would not suspect at first glance.
From the junkyard to the Techno Classica 2019
1984 was built the Saab 99 GL 5 Speed. The last year of the series, and whoever took 99, wanted something solid and proven. For a long time there was the 900, which was bigger, more luxurious and much more motorized. On the other side of the Västra Götland, 99 bought only convincing offenders, and these were never disappointed.
The 99 proved itself for almost 20 years until 2003. Then the engine stuck and the owner was no longer interested in the little Saab. Like many of his kind, he went to the junkyard. There it was lying in a pile on a Daihatsu, and together the Japanese and Swedes waited for their final end. But not for long. Because the little Swede should be very lucky.
A good friend of the current owner discovered the 99, the action Saab rescue started, and the cherry-red Saab was saved from the press. A good decision! Because, if you exclude the problem with the engine, then the Saab was in a good, almost stainless state.
Visitors of the Techno Techno Classica find the 99 in hall 8A, booth 110. In the vehicle interior pictures of his eventful history are deposited. There is no need to worry about the future of the classic anymore. He has been in good hands for years, survival is assured. Because Saab drivers are considered loyal and sometimes a bit stubborn. They stick to their vehicles for a long time, as did the second exhibit on the Saabclub's stand.
Saab 96 GL Super
The second Saab of this guaranteed turbo-free presentation is an 96 GL Super from 1979 at the show. It is zino-red, features minilite rims and original front and rear spoilers. It was 40 years ago in November that he ran off the line. During this time, the 96 had just two owners, which as I said, is typical for the brand.
The members of the 1. German Saab clubs are happy about many visitors and good discussions. I will travel to Essen on Friday. Let's see what else is on the subject of Saab, and what makes the other Swedish brand.