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.
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.
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.
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.