Granted, there's no shame in not knowing the Saab 98. Even very Saab affine people need a second or two. Yes, there was something ... The story was a long time ago and played at the time of a Saab 96 and 99. An era that is fading more and more because contemporary witnesses are disappearing and the classics only have a manageable fan base. Auto Bild Klassik is not alone with Saab coverage this week. That invites you to compare. The difference between good and bad journalism.
Saab 98 in the Autobild Klassik
The Autobild Klassik brings the Saab 98 out of the corner of oblivion. How she does that is amazing. In a positive sense. I admit that I have a subscription to Auto Bild Klassik. By the way, as the only car newspaper ever. Because I think that good journalism and special stories are worth the money and must be rewarded. The topics are usually exciting and well researched, and boredom only occurs in exceptional cases.
The article about the Saab 98, however, had it all. I read it, or rather devoured it, closed the booklet in disbelief to make sure that I actually had the Auto Bild Klassik in my hands. What happened? 8 pages about the Saab 98, written with depth and enriched with Saab anecdotes. I didn't expect it to be like that.
The story about the Saab 98 is an international co-production. Written by Joakim Bergqvist, mainly for the magazine Classics is working. From him comes in-depth Saab knowledge, the little anecdotes and subtleties. The translation and improvement was done by Richard Holtz, who has written many Saab and Volvo stories for Autobild. The German editorial team provided the final touches, and the result of the cooperation was enthusiastic.
So dear Car picture classic, that was great. Gladly more of it in the future.
The editorial team of the Classic cars the auto newspaper. But at least, she is dedicated to the topic of Saab. And that pleases. In issue 5/2021 you will find an article about the history of the small Göta Älv brand. (Thanks to Wolfgang for the hint)
But: No revelation, nothing that you didn't already know. Facts are mixed up wildly, there is no depth or background knowledge. The photos come from the press archive, they have been seen several times. A 9-5 becomes a 9-3.
Only buy if you really want to read Saab again. Compared to the € 4,90 for the Auto Bild Klassik, the € 4,20 for the Classic Cars is an enormous amount of money. Too much in this case.