You could do that yesterday Adventure read the Saab transfer from Frankfurt to Switzerland. Our Saab 99 LE held up bravely. Any concerns I had shortly after the start vanished with every kilometer driven. The 99 is a good car, Saab has delivered impressive quality. But is the 99 desirable for people beyond the Saab world? I always thought a 99 like that was an inside story. I could have been wrong. Because the Saab obviously leads a criminal double life.
The criminal double life of our Saab 99
Lizi and I were amazed when another 99 LE was advertised in Spain a few days ago. Year of production 1975, in a great color and in amazing condition. As if that weren't interesting enough, this Saab also had the number plates of our 99. The old Spanish registration "PO - 6938 E" - although the "E" as mentioned yesterday does not stand for an electric car.
The ad on Autoscout24 is of course, quite clearly, a fake. The 99 has neither an automotive double nor an identical twin. He is also safe and sound in the Jura, not in Spain. And it's not for sale either. Attempts to convince the Spanish police that criminal activity could have taken place were in vain. The ad does not appear to be punishable or deservedly prosecuted.
Only the crime itself, taking money for something that you don't deliver because you don't own it, would call the law enforcement officers into action. A scam is only a scam when it has been successfully carried out. Even Autoscout ignores the attempted fraud. The ad is still online.
Interesting is the fact that the 99 LE seems interesting for criminal activities. So far, for me, the Saab 99 has been a car beyond the mainstream, a topic for insiders and lovers of Swedish engineering. Apparently in certain circles people trust the classic from Trollhättan more than I do.
Is exact market observation behind the fraud attempt?
However, such attempts can also be based on impressively precise market observation. Find old Saab, and we are anything but uninvolved here at the SaabBlog, increasingly finding their way from Spain to the north. The calculation of depriving a northern European of his money and his automotive dreams in this way cannot be dismissed out of hand.
Apart from that, it's not all a trifle. €9.100 is neither pocket money nor a trivial offence. Certain conclusions should be drawn from this matter. That a Saab 99 is far more attractive than it first appears, for example. Above all, however, that you have to be suspicious when buying a car. Local trustees can help.
Contacts in the Saab scene and national clubs are helpful and prevent attempts at fraud. After all, the Saab world is manageable and special cars are mostly known.