I've only been a subscriber to the blog since last December and I read with great enthusiasm the daily news from and about SAAB, written by people who obviously carry a special gene. So it might fit well into the course of the blog to introduce another active representative on four wheels! 99er, blue, 1984 from the Finnish Valmet factory, made with a delicate 101 hp, 5 gears and - yes, in good shape despite its 273.000 km.
The body shows patina, but without deterrent weaknesses. The engine was a little limp and inside you could see that the SAAB was also driven by the Finns to the rubber boot throwing competition. German word formation can sometimes be ingenious.
I only made the purchase on the basis of a few phone calls and many pictures via a classic messenger service and had the 99er put in front of the door of a SAAB specialist company in Hamburg.
I had to agree with my wife that it was a bit brave, but still better than moping around during the January '21 pandemic. And the '99 doesn't disappoint.
Of course, I clarified beforehand what I have to do as a businessman without any in-depth talent for mechanics to spice up the 38-year-old SAAB. And this is where the many years of experience of the Hamburg company come into play! So to speak, input in the form of ideas, wishes and conceptions from me and the output from Hamburg as a turbocharged limousine with certificates for proper registration.
The budget was discussed and, to my delight, it was almost entirely met. Nevertheless, there were a few surprises on the way to the turbo, but I had them in reserve.
what was done Engine revised and turbocharger on it, oil cooler and injection system on, installed a renewed chassis, got Minilite rims and spoilers and this and that.
For the inside, I was able to buy another 99 for small bills in Germany, which gave me a nice velor interior, in the turbo version of the last generation 99. The headliner and C-pillars should then also be nice to sniff.
With patience and luck I found a turbo steering wheel and a boost pressure indicator via the online platforms Tradera and Ebay.
So now HE is finished and even has a trailer hitch! With the Finn I connect to the time in 1982 when, at the age of 19, I was able to fulfill my dream of a used SAAB 99 GLS CC from 1977. Should the feeling from back then behind the wheel of the Turbo arise again?
Well, there are decades in between and the leap from cassette to Bluetooth is bigger than I thought. Nevertheless, the great fun always follows as soon as the turbo whistles, the steering wheel is forced into the parking space without a servo and the open window lets wind and sound into the cockpit.
Actually the pulpit!
Just like back then, when I always had to keep my head at an angle to the traffic light and still wasn't in the front line. In addition, the narrow pedals with a slight offset to the right, so that the pilot is forced into a slightly sloping position towards the middle. I think SAAB sold that as a safety gain at the time, since the driver doesn't run the risk of being too centered on the road.
Does such a car fit into the year 2022 and can you make a 99er on turbo? I think so, because my fin from 1984 still has the original energy from back then and as long as there are professionals for maintenance, maintenance and service, even such a chance has to be grabbed.
And last but not least, my wife let me do it and smiles about the 99 and the boy behind the wheel, who still doesn't seem to be out of midlife when you look at the loader. Exactly, and that's a good thing!
Preparations are now underway for the big meeting in Trollhättan and I'm already looking forward to the event where a Swedish Finn will stop in Sweden.