It started in Kiel, it will end in Kiel. Project Paul is nearing completion. The Saab 9-5 is on the way north, where our paths will separate. The story had started in February 2016 with a sad car. An old Saab 9-5 station wagon, a very early example. A thing for the user, or something for a new life?
We decided to give Paul a chance. A revision of the technology and body followed, the sad car became an attractive Saab again. We had big plans that were a little too big. Beaming the station wagon into its second life permanently stressed the blog's financial position. But at least, with the support of Saab Kiel, Skandix, Saab Service Frankfurt and other helpers was a technically good car in front of us.
Of course, still with optical restrictions and wear. Tracks that life brings with it. Anyway, the old station wagon drove well, now looked nice and was fun. What we lacked was the necessary time for the project. Mark and I have family, work, more cars and the Saab blog. We had miscalculated because there is hardly any space for a project car. Paul was driven by Mark for only a year and then put away in the hangar. The idea of going on a big tour with the Saab 9-5 was never realized, life writes its own scripts.
We are approaching the final
But the basic idea persisted. Get the old Swede in shape, move and then sell it for a good cause. Without Covid-19, Jan would have taken the 9-5 towards Kiel during his semester break. The virus with the resulting lockdown changed our entire schedule for 2020, nothing came of it.
But now we are approaching the finale.
Last week - I was out and about in Bamberg and Würzburg that day - the car transporter was at the door. Paul was loaded and was not the only Saab on the transporter. A few kilometers further a 9-5 from Justus came in, which is a different story.
Project Paul for a good cause
How is the final going now? We are selling the Paul project for a good cause. He will certainly not bring in the money invested so far, 5 digits. We have no illusion there. But Paul is a good base that will have a long life with a little fine-tuning. An early 9-5 station wagon, only a few of them still exist. Driving it is sustainability in practice - using an object for as long as possible.
Visually we leave the Paul project as it is. Adhesive, pretty cool. The particularly attractive 18 ″ Inka rims also remain, they make the Saab an eye catcher. You will be able to view the Saab station wagon at the Lafrentz dealership and test drive it.
Then you can determine what you want to pay. The project Saab is available from € 1,00 and every bid counts. Details on the upcoming finale will follow soon.