I've seen it all before ... In multiple versions ... Autumn 2013. I was completely far from the "Saab scene". Had my Saab enthusiasm and the "no-go" 902 V6 convertible, which I called Gustav. I have already described in detail how I got to Gustav in the blog. And now I could just copy the beginning of the story of Red & Hot: while having coffee in the morning, I scrolled through the sales portals completely unintentionally ...
And then I saw this: 9000 CSE from 11/91. Dark green, beige leather, 2,3 liter full-turbo automatic, sunroof, almost 210.000 sold, the story plausible and a price that suggests a misprint. And of course nearby. I called and a few days later I walked into a private hall full of automotive curios. "No more time for this" said the seller succinctly.
In a corner and dusty stood the 9k. The headliner hung, the door panels were no longer there, the leather literally screamed for a care product. However, during the test drive it turned out that everything worked. The power and torque of the engine, the road holding, the overall package, which is over 20 years old, took my breath away.
I bought it. And a few trips later I named it “The Beast”. I had never seen so much power in a car before.
Since at that time I neither Berma, still Ratzmann, knowing the blog, the road to awakening it in all its beauty was long and rocky. A constantly trying little workshop, a saddler and a paint shop in my Spanish place of residence and a GM - Saab workshop in the nearest city versus a fully equipped 9k from 1991 and yes, with the part on the engine that nobody needs.
I leave the details to the imagination of the reader. The fact is that at some point it was finished and great. And almost left me again. "Time value" is the terrible word ... .. He was standing next to Gustav when the fatal hail came ...
But it still exists. Now registered in Germany, and after many thousands of happy kilometers together, it is slumbering, only to be registered again in the course of the year as possibly the first CSE with an H license plate. This was only possible because my personal Saab world has changed a lot in the meantime.
Arriving in Frankfurt one day, I saw a 9-5 NG, which is probably the only Saab taxi in the world to be on the move in the Frankfurt area - and that is still today.
We began to talk. The name Ratzmann was mentioned. And since Frankfurt has a Ratzmann, Barcelona must have one too. I went on a search and found Berma. The messy life became very easy. Great friendships developed. Many spare parts aid campaigns took place. And the déjà vu stories became possible.
First with the 900 Coupé in Spain. A little later with the red 9k in Germany. With one big difference - the hardship was paid. If something has been done, it's great.
The unbelievable results such a constellation can lead, not least, has the story of Gentleman shown. A great car turned into a great - unique.
And now we come to the heart of the story. Since I can't stop scrolling, I now know about the Red & Hot Aero - and not just about it….
Indeed, he needs a little attention. Since I have already imagined it to be "finished" several times, I make the dealer an offer ...