Is Corona changing your life too? Would you like to devote your free time to doing things that you always wanted to do but always put off? Defy your own transience and restore a car with a history? Then here is a project for you! A Saab from the pre-series, which fortunately can also come up with a prominent first owner. There is only one catch. You need a lot of time and patience.
Is a 911 too common for you, a VW Beetle is impossible, and the Mercedes W123 is already on every corner? Then this Swede would be the right project. Individuality, a story for the next classic meeting, and lots of adventure guaranteed. In Poland, a Saab 9000 Sport is offered, which is said to come from the pre-series from 1989. With the 1990 model year, the marketing department of the Saab Autodivision wanted to sharpen the sporty image of the 9000 and launch a version in the style of the legendary Talladega Long Run. 10 vehicles were built in advance, all in red with a sunroof and a striking rear spoiler. After the end of the test phase, 8 copies went to private owners. Mostly employees and one of them was Rolf Sarsten.
Rolf Sarsten's Saab
Sarsten was one of the two directors of the Saab 9000 project. Today, humorous stories are still told of him, like that of the award ceremony for a magazine for the choice of the car in 1984. Before Audi, the Audi representative thanked the 2.500 development engineers for the honor they had shown. Sarsten joyfully took up this template. On behalf of all 300 engineers who made the Saab 9000 possible, he thanked for the choice. Small against big, attacker against top dog. So was the time when a small brand with good ideas could still put ingenious products on the wheels and surprised the established ones.
Around 9000 copies of the Saab 1990 Sport were sold under different names in 1.500. It was not only available in red, white and blue specimens also rolled off the tapes. Most of it went to England and Germany. Few should still exist today.
A real rarity is the 9000 Sport, which is attributed to Rolf Sarsten. The story of a prototype is believable, the car has appeared in various forums in recent years. Images from earlier, better days can be found in a Swedish Saab forum, the mileage of 340.000 seems credible. After the Saab automotive department, Rolf Sarsten became the owner, he sold it to his brother, who also worked at Saab, and later bought it back.
A pre-series vehicle is rare
With the year 2013 the trail gets lost in the Forums, then a few months ago the Saab appeared in Poland. It doesn't seem like a kilometer has been added in 7 years, probably because it is a project for a comprehensive restoration. Rust is likely to be the biggest problem after many small defects and signs of wear and tear that have accumulated. But the result is a car with a unique history and still attractive performance today.
Interested in a project? You have to know that there is nothing left for these vehicles on Swedish shelves. Nobody has the Ur-9000 on their radar anymore, it only helps a good contact to the committed club scene and the passage through Swedish parts markets in the post-Corona period. The 9000 is not a car that is particularly difficult to restore. In contrast to the 900, it is simply constructed; a vehicle that a robot could weld. Nevertheless, it has its specific idiosyncrasies, especially in the field of turbo technology. A deep friendship with a Saab workshop that is familiar with the 9000 is definitely an advantage.
The entry with less than 2.000,00 € is small for a piece of history and a pre-series vehicle. Some research is still part of the process, there are open questions. But time is well spent. The 9000 Sport is a special vehicle. You won't find that on every street corner.