Spanish Saab and Porsche history and sentimentalities

It has now become the end of February. Lizi is back in Spain. Salesman Daniel kept his word. The 9-5 Aero is rolling on almost new Michelin tires and has got new oil. The handover goes without any problems, a little money and a car change hands. Lizi is satisfied, he likes the Saab.

Saab 9-5 Aero and Spanish winter sun
Saab 9-5 Aero and Spanish winter sun

And while I am sitting in Germany, he drives through the Spanish winter sun with the midnight blue beauty. Lizi and the Saab enjoy the atmosphere, go to the sea, take pictures. I get them by email, they make me look forward to it. Of course, impatience too. I want to drive this car!

Before that, the Saab should first go to the painter.

And to Berma, where a few little things will be done. Take another look at the technology, replace the shift gate cover. It's quick, I think. Only the painter has to do it beforehand. The car is just 20 years old and actually looks good. But the bad sister of good is perfect, and when the thought is in the world, then you have to go through with it. There are two painters to choose from, and the prices are fantastic for both.

Especially if you take German prices as a basis. One paints mainly high-priced super premium vehicles, the other would be the recommendation of Berma.

Lamborghini and Ferrari at the paint shop. Good company for the Saab?
Lamborghini and Ferrari at the paint shop. Good company for the Saab?

Saving some Saab history.

Lizi and I have a brief discussion, trust in Juan von Berma. Admittedly, I feel a bit queasy about it. Trust is one of those things. Especially when you are a few 100 kilometers away. And the action with the 9-5 Aero has taken a lot of trust so far. Because of the paintwork, I'll have many more sleepless nights in the next few weeks until the Saab is finally on the doorstep.

But first we should save some Saab history. The 9-5 is original. Very original! It was bought in 2000 and driven as it was taken over. There is a sticker on the stern Ibercarrera. Saab, Scania and Porsche, that's historic. Looks good, shows the Spanish origins. And shouldn't go away. The license plate holder, as a further detail on the side, also bears the Saab and Porsche logo and the previous company address in Via Augusta.

Meer and Saab, that fits!
Meer and Saab, that fits!

Ibercarrera was the governor of the Swedes in Barcelona and still sells Porsche sports cars today; Saab is a thing of the past. The sticker on the rear should still remain and be digitized later. A reprint for Spanish friends, out of historical sentimentalities. Not for commercial reasons, as Zuffenhausen would deploy its legal cannons.

Ibercarrera - Saab - Porsche.

It's probably that moment when they think I'm crazy on Berma. Lizi has to deliver the message. The German with the old car wants to keep the old glue. In Barcelona they will have shaken their heads. Just the Germans - strange!

But it does so.

Partial painting is agreed. The roof remains as it is, just polished up. Other parts will be repainted and Ibercarrera at the rear will be retained.

In the meantime, Lizi takes care of re-registration and insurance. The Saab 9-5 Aero will keep its Spanish license plates and will roll to Germany insured and taxed. We believe!

And then the icy breath of Corona blows over Spain, and everything, really everything comes to a standstill.

12 thoughts on "Spanish Saab and Porsche history and sentimentalities"

  • LED retrofitting for halogen headlights

    The 'problem' with the Osram lamp is that it has to be approved individually for each headlight variant and it is then only a national German approval and not an EU approval.

    It can therefore be assumed that first of all the vehicles that are present in large numbers in Germany (which, I'm afraid Saab no longer belongs to) and whose owners are willing to make this investment (there are certainly some Saab owner, but on average it doesn't look that great anymore).
    It can take a while before Saab comes into focus, if at all. It might be something different if you got a parts dealer on board who would buy a corresponding number of items because he is sure that he can sell them again.

    And if the topic comes up here, is one of the Swiss Saab drivers who are reading along here already using the comparable Philips product? As far as I know, this is permitted in Switzerland. The experiences with it would possibly be a topic for an interesting guest article.

  • @Alter Schwede This is exactly the direction in which it goes, some readers have already written to Osram. More soon - I hope.

  • @ Kan-Daniel Yes, the really great lighting system. An open point, because even xenon on the 9-5 upper floor can not even come close to what modern systems can.

    Because of this, xenon was only on the list as an option. I don't think you really have to have it. In principle, however, it is a problem. At my age (yes, I have passed 50) the eyes for night drives are not as great as they were 20 or 30 years ago. I really appreciate the intelligent LED light in my company car, with all the features. How it will be without this miracle system is open. For me, the light factor would be the only real reason to buy a new car again.

    PS: Unfortunately, there is still no legal way to convert old Saabs to LED light. But I'm on the topic and looking for “allies”.

  • A really exciting story that is traveling with you, you are really excited and hope that the Saab has somehow arrived in Germany. What I would like to ask Tom, you wrote that the Saab should replace your company car with a great lighting system. Was xenon on the wish list as well as automatic?

  • The story remains exciting! Unfortunately, Corona is still there. You could have done without it (but not the story).

  • I would like to have the story as a book later! Tom, where can you order?

  • Great story, you can hardly wait how the story will end - in the end Lizi won't even give the beautiful Saab out of her hands, of course Tom will repay the money paid so far, including pain and suffering money and along the Spanish coast in the midnight blue Saab Disappear south to send Tom a great Saab 9-5 photo subject from anywhere ??? One can stay excited. 😉 I also find it reassuring that there are other Saab enthusiasts who keep exactly such details as the distributor's sticker. I would have done the same!

  • I look forward to see the continuation. He actually looks great in the pictures.

  • Oh, those stories with a sequel ... (terribly) exciting.
    An ambivalent love ...
    In spite of everything: Hopefully the “noble gentleman” will continue soon ...
    I keep my fingers crossed for a positive outcome to the story.
    Thanks for participating.

  • Tension without end ...

    And corona without end. It's good that the gentleman doesn't need toilet paper, but gasoline.

    Here in the region, the madness is actually starting again and there is a lot of hoarding. But 98 octane is as cheap as it was last spring.

    I hope next Wednesday we will read that and how the gentleman made it to D between spring, autumn and despite Corona?

  • Exciting story about a really great car! I'm looking forward to the sequel. Corona has shaken our lives quite a bit. And as it looks at the moment, it will probably stay that way for a while.

    I can totally understand the joy of a Saab 9-5 of the first generation. My sky-blue 95 V6 runs something like a dream. I have now had the automatic transmission professionally flushed and lo and behold, the automatic shifts more smoothly and the transitions are no longer as noticeable.

    Incidentally, a professional automatic rinse takes around three hours and costs around CHF 550 - 600 in Switzerland.
    The transmission is rinsed three times and then refilled.
    So if someone offers you a flush of the automatic transmission for 100 or 200 euros, I think that this is not entirely professional. But that's just my opinion and experience.


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