If cars were people, they would have exciting stories in store. Like the Saab 900 Cabriolet that once belonged to Mirco. It is a wanderer between nationalities. International, urbane, and, to stick with the human-car comparison ... some would be happy to get around so far. The Saab was built in 1987 and was one of the first model year of the convertible in Europe.
Saab customers had to be patient back then if they wanted to drive an open 900. The delivery times were miserably long, the prices steep. The usual target group, consisting of architects, doctors, freelancers and artists, struck mercilessly. If you wanted to be IN, you had to drive up in an open Saab.
From Berlin to Paris
The Saab 900 Turbo 16 Cabriolet found its way to Mirco in 2010. At that time it already had 292.000 kilometers on its speedometer. It was sold in Berlin by an immigrant Swabian, who moved on to India. Since then, the convertible has been commuting between Mirco's two residences in summer. Berlin - Paris and back, that was the favorite route from now on. The Saab was not spared. Although he had a seasonal license, he drove an average of 7.000 kilometers a year across Europe in the warm season.
In the 10 years and around 70.000 kilometers there was some wear and tear. After all, the convertible had been a state-recognized classic with an H certificate since the summer of 2017. And after around 30 years, it comes as no surprise when something ailments keeps showing up. Replace the alternator, muffler, window lifters, engine and reload the driver's seat. This is normal wear and tear, plus a new windscreen and the replacement of the bonnet. The 900 also emphatically refuted the saga that Swedish steel does not rust. Actually, according to Mirco, there was always something to weld at the HU appointments. Which holds the usual corners of the body with an open 900. The legendary axle shaft tunnel, wheel arches, trunk floor, driver's footwell and the battery compartment. Nothing that is unexpected. The maintenance was mostly done by the Saab garage Detlef Koeke in Hamburg.
The old Saab was reliable. Only once, on the way back from the Mediterranean, did the 900 fail on the 2.500 kilometer tour near Hanover. The alternator had stopped working, a forgivable weakness.
From the Saab collection and back
A Saab is not a Saab, and two Saabs do not make a collection. The convertible was Saab number 2 at Mirco, and at that time the collector bug caught it. He collected Saabs in a hurry. In the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. First a 9000, a 900, then a 96. On and on, until there were 12 vehicles that landed in a hall near Hamburg. Collected in just 3 years, transferred to the Hanseatic city on its own. At some point, however, reason moved in - and the Swedish sheet metal out of the hall. As quickly as it was bought, it was reduced, and at the beginning of 2020 only 3 Saabs were left. An 89 9000 Turbo, an 85 900 Turbo 16 and 900 8v from 1984. In the end, only two should remain. Who still has to go is open. Life and coincidences decide.
The cabriolet also left the collection in September 2019. Bought in Berlin, sold in Paris. The 366.666 kilometers were on the counter on the last trip to Paris. The buyer is a Belgian who lives in diplomatic services in the French capital. He already owns a 900 coupe and he wants to make the convertible fit for the next 10 years. His international career continues. It will keep collecting history and stories, and maybe someone will tell them at some point.
We are looking for more kilometer kings!
Dealing with higher mileage and the idea of sustainability will be one of our priorities for the future. We will have to make friends with it if we want to continue driving Saab.
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