The time is running. Relentless, precise. Many things are predictable. New cars become used, with a little luck also youngtimers. Perhaps later, and that takes a lot of attention and the right owner, they mature into classics. This becomes an issue at the latest when the brand no longer actively exists. Because the aging of vehicles affects all parties.
Workshops that specialize in Saab have not just started feeling it today. The market is changing and getting seasonal moves. The winters are quieter and cars that are used in everyday life are less common. But it is buzzing on the lifting platforms at the start of the season. As soon as the sun comes out with rising temperatures, the appointment books are full. Long waiting times are the result, because suddenly everyone wants only one thing: getting their classic and classic cars on the road.
For Saab owners, the aging of their vehicles is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, a lot of money goes into preservation and restoration. On the other hand, you would like to move your Saab all year round. But there is the money, the beautiful condition and wetness and salt in winter. More and more are therefore taking refuge in the seasonal license plate. From March or April until autumn, then the youngtimer sleeps. And they think they did something good for the car.
Is that so?
A few years ago my 9-3 Aero was extensively treated to prevent rust. Which was inevitable, otherwise the end would inevitably have come at some point. Better to do something early than too late - my thinking back then. Around 7 years have passed since then. In winter the Saab sleeps in a dry hall, in summer it is allowed on the slopes. To be completely honest, I even avoid riding it on rainy days when it can be done. That's weird, I'll admit it. And above all, it's completely pointless. The sensitively treated Saab still does what old sheet metal usually does. He's rusting. The overlapping metal sheets on the sub-floor inevitably offer points of attack for stone chips, dirt and moisture. The body shop of the 90s sends its regards. You can't do anything about it. Just re-sand, seal, and hope it lasts.
I have therefore deviated from my mantra of not moving classic or youngtimers. On the one hand, because what you see in the example above is sometimes pointless. On the other hand, because a car is not the same as a car and a Saab is not the same as Saab. While the 9-3 is a sensitive one, the 9000 is a hardcore Swede. Actually all of them, apart from the 9000er, who spent his first life in the road salt-contaminated Fichtelgebirge before he came to me, are resistant to rust. Large rust prevention or sealing? Never done. Rust? Almost always negative. And if so, then they are harmless little things that can be eliminated before they turn into serious tooth decay.
Driving classic cars only seasonally or year round?
How do the members of the Saab scene see this? Youngtimers and classics, and youngtimers now include early 9-5 and the 9-3 I, moving year round? They're all-day and above all winter-proof. Seat heating, front-wheel drive, good light. A Saab comes from the land of snow and ice.
Or spare the sheet metal? Put it in the hall, garage or carport until winter time is over? Because under the Swedish sheet metal there is a sensitive element that tends to rust. The voices of the scenes are in demand. Here is the poll: