There are few Saab in the world and they are becoming increasingly rare. This is the case everywhere, following the laws of the market. Is that really it? No, a brave little village defends itself against the overwhelming power of the big brands and remains loyal to Saab. Anyone who has a certain Gallic village in front of their eyes is at least geographically wrong. Because the small town is located in the beautiful canton of St. Gallen.
Oberuzwil - the Saab municipality
If you didn't even know the rural community of Oberuzwil from hearsay, comfort yourself. I am like you. Oberuzwil consists of three villages, namely Bichwil, Niederglatt and Eben Oberuzwil. Around 5.800 people live there. If it is wrong to call the rural community a village, then I apologize in advance.
Oberuzwil occupies a special place in the Saab Atlas. 3.630 cars are registered in town, 1000 Saab per 19. In purely mathematical terms, this means 69 Saab, which is around 7,5 times more than the Swiss-wide average. For the Confederates, this is a factor of 2,5 per 1000 cars. The citizens of Oberuzwil particularly like the Saab 9-3. It is very strong in the place overrepresented.
Where the love for Saab comes from can only be guessed. Maybe it's down to Hirsch AG, which is based only a few kilometers away. Deer was once Saab's house tuner.
Complemental description: A reader from Switzerland sees the reason for the high Saab share in Oberuzwil through the commitment of Wilen's garage established in the neighboring Uzwil. There may be something to it.
Saab 95 V4 as a micro camper
Let's stay with the quirks that some peoples develop. The British have their idiosyncrasies that are mostly lovable. Individualism is one of them, and since Saab drivers are generally assumed to have advanced individualism, it is hardly surprising that Saab was quite successful in the UK.
One of these islanders, Paul Lucking, turned his Saab 95 into a micro camper. The little Swedish station wagon came to him with no interior. This made it easier to choose the materials, which were by no means original, but very homely. Saab 9-5 V4 and awning create a feel-good zone. True to the motto that a Briton's home is also his castle. Or his Saab.
Motor 1 found the micro camper so remarkable that a short story with lots of pictures was dedicated to it.
Buy before the prices take off
Anyone who has observed the prices for youngtimers and classics in the last 12 to 18 months can hardly cease to be amazed. Powerful combustion engines, in a well-maintained condition with reasonable kilometers, increased in price enormously.
The reasons are, on the one hand, the 3-cylinder plastic boxes that you have to make friends with when looking for an affordable new car with a combustion engine. Or the subsidy-propagated electric car. Some people, and there seem to be a surprising number, do not necessarily meet with enthusiastic approval.
You can regularly find advice in the media on what is still affordable if you want to drive an analog car. Saab is almost always involved, and in 9 out of 10 cases you can read regret about the premature demise of the brand.
AutoWise has compiled 7 classics to buy before prices take off. The selection is pretty cool, there are two Swedes on the List. On the one hand the Volvo 240, on the other hand the classic Saab 900. It would be wise to buy both. Then all situations in life would be covered and you would never have to deal with the topic of new cars again.
With images from engine 1 (1)