Journal: What Is Your Saab Story?

What Is Your Saab Story?

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October 1, 2013
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I can still remember the first time I saw one. Up until that point, I never really thought much about European cars, in general, but when I laid eyes upon the Saab 900, my whole automotive perception changed. When I was in high school, Robbie, a friend of mine who happened to own a 900, needed someone to drive his car home from school. (Incidentally, the 900 SPG featured in today’s video was once owned by Robbie, though it’s not the 900 to which I refer in this story.) Why he needed me to drive his car, I don’t remember now, but I do recall asking what kind of car it was, as I’d never paid much attention to what he drove. After getting a quick rundown on the car, I felt like I had more questions than answers. This car was modeled after jets? The ignition was where? The engine was laid out in what manner? How can you change the clutch that fast?

Sitting in this car for the first time, I distinctly remember that the word “cockpit” came to mind (I’d never had this thought inside of a car before). Although there are many other cars that were built around a driver, this was my first time getting to drive one and of taking note of just how good it felt to sit in a seat like this. I drove the car for only a short five minutes, but I won’t ever forget the drive, the shape of the car, or the feeling the car gave me.

Though the Saab may not be as sporty as a 911 or as iconic as a Beetle, but just like these two cars, it has a shape that you wouldn’t mistake for anything else on the road. After driving one it is easy to see why those who own a Saab refer to it as an addiction: once a Saab guy, always a Saab guy.

What is your Saab story?

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Photography by Becca Clason for Petrolicious

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Pierre Bonmarin
Pierre Bonmarin

500 00 km and 7 years to commuting and travel with my 900 t16 aero 88. So much passion for this car at I went to live in Sweden…

Dave Thomas

I lost count of how many Saabs we’ve had. But two of them gave their lives to save our daughters in very serious accidents.

Berk Akar
Berk Akar

i was working as a valet in a hotel 3 years ago and my job was to park cars to the lot which was 500 meters away and bring them back circling from the roundabout which was at additional 500 meters away and the guests were tend to be in a rush in most cases so i needed to be quick, that led me to run, get the car, put my foot down until the roundabout, turn back to the reception. that was my daily routine. during this job i drove lots of good cars and had to chance to… Read more »

Patrick Deschenes
Patrick Deschenes

I was aware of Saabs because my father transmitted to me his love of weird cars. But I never really warmed up to them, did really liked the looks of them. Until I saw the “GM” 900 in the 1994 yearly new car books. I remember thinking “one day, one day…” Four short years later, fresh out of college, my trusty Jetta was rip for a career change and I was due for a change. It was then that I spotted it, resting alone under a light pole at the used car lot: a white 1994 900. Love at first… Read more »

paul campagna
paul campagna

I have quite a few stories about saabs. [url=”http://paulcampagna.com/my_saab-site/Saab-Site/SPG.html”]Here’s my [url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCyTAW5_QbQ”]1988 Saab SPG/ Aero 900[/url]

Paul Campagna Saab History[/url]

[url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aamzBXvhfNg”]Saab SPG with BOV Video[/url]

up to 15 in my life now, with 4 currently. Newest is a Black Viggen.

Jaap van der Weele
Jaap van der Weele
Jaap van der Weele
Jaap van der Weele

See: [url=”http://http://www.spanjaardwerf.nl”]Your text to link…[/url] Yes, it’s in Dutch 😉
Have a look on “Foto’s” (= pics) and the building process of my “Café Racer” (= turbo-CR)

Yanick Kuper
Yanick Kuper

Our Saab 900 S was more of a happy accident. The Dutch consul general of Hong Kong was relocating to Shanghai and couldn’t take his dog with him. We offered to take care of his dog. While picking up my ‘new’ dog he mentioned he also had a mint Saab 900 S convertible that he had to get rid of. Before I knew it we left the Dutch consul with a Saab [i]and[/i] a dog. Being an ex-consul Saab, it also rocked a CC sticker (Corps Consulate). In retrospect, those CC/CD stickers sure are something. They bring along a bunch… Read more »

Valter Prieto Jr
Valter Prieto Jr
Valter Prieto Jr
Valter Prieto Jr

Here in Brazil there are no Saab importer or dealer. General Motors Brasil imported and sold some 9000 CDs in 1992/93. My black 1991 900 Turbo S came to Brazil for GM market studies, together with a red convertible. So, my car is unique here. There is only other classic 900 from 1983, not in really good condition when I saw it some years ago. My car was found by a friend, who immediatelly call me. I bought the car the next day, in December 2004, and started correcting some problems. The bigger one was a broken gearbox, which was… Read more »

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari

Interesting, it sounds like your car is an SPG (body kit and lower springs) but marketed as a 900 S.

Pedro Serro
Pedro Serro

Interesting that the only 900 in Brazil is still alive in your garage and well maintened. Did you know that the 9000 cd was the car that took Ayrton Senna from the track, right after his F1 victory in Interlagos? Um abraço de Portugal.

Charles Gould
Charles Gould

Sorry thatthe links were cut off. You may have to copy & paste or try these links.

http://s191.photobucket.com/user/ricobirdo/library/1962\%20Saab?sort=6&start=0&page=1

http://s191.photobucket.com/user/ricobirdo/media/1962\%20Saab/IMG_7764.jpg.html?sort=6&o=15

Charles Gould
Charles Gould

Another Saab Story- Barn Find 1962 Saab Model 96! Written by Charles Gould Photos by Gabriele Isenbrand Chapter One I have a love/hate thing with EBay and Craigslist. On the one hand, they alert me to interesting cars all over the world. On the other, they do the same for all of the other vultures looking to acquire the same things that I am looking for. As a result of EBay and Craigslist, and also just a factor of time, the majority of interesting barn find cars have been ferreted out by now. However, there are still a few fascinating… Read more »

RS Anthony
RS Anthony

No personal Saab history as far as I am concerned. I have always drooled on the 900, but never purchased. Most certainly because of the front wheel drive layout. Yeah, I know.
But everything else I always found very compelling. The 900 does look fantastic. It oozes so much character. Sounds good too. The kind of car I would love to take for a long drive in Europe. Arrowing through the Black Forest.

Stefan van der Weele
Stefan van der Weele

I have owned 4 till now…. 1 injection 3 turbo’s…. they’re fantastic!

Andreas Pihelgas
Andreas Pihelgas

My Saab story began in high school when I started dreaming about my first car. The brand appealed to me even earlier. Saab, by default, was to me a thinking person’s car. I started browsing Saabs history and models in detailed manner and soon found the Classic 900, which at the time was for me just modern enough and affordable. Of course soon after I could not stop thinking about the 3 door Aero version. “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” (Edgar Allan Poe) It’s styling stands out and of course the equipment and engine… Read more »

Andreas Pihelgas
Andreas Pihelgas

…and I’ve always been a sucker for red

Peter Byfield
Peter Byfield

Thanks so much for the blast from my past. My Saab story starts back in the early 90’s with my now ex wife and I looking for a car to satisfy many varied rolls, I wanted something not seen that often with performance to match, she wanted something swedish having grown up with a Father who lived for Volvos and we both needed something practical enough to carry around our two Great Danes without looking too sedate and “family” so boxy Volos were out. We found a 900 Aero “TURBO” I still can hear the gorgeous noise, not a whistle,… Read more »

Antonio Almeida
Antonio Almeida

When I was a little boy I used to see this cars as exotic cars. Probably the passion for the 900 started growing in me since I was 12 years old. They were something apart those days. Now I’m 33 years old. And last year I started looking for 80’s sport sallons. So far I own an Alfa Romeo 75 and a Peugeot 405 Mi16. But one day I found as amazing a 1981 3 door 900 turbo… and I could not resist it…. It was the beginning… My father also started looking for a 900 and recently got a… Read more »

Kyle Hudson
Kyle Hudson

My addiction to Saab started back when I was 5 years old. My family, at the time, stayed in the quaint town of Crofton, Maryland. My father, Jeff Hudson, was a Service Manager for Hunt Valley Saab, a newly started Saab Dealership which wanted to make its name in the big world of Automotive Business. I remember this day quite well. My dad came home with the job, a work shirt, and a smile on his face. He was currently working at Tischer of Laurel, which was a Jaguar Land Rover Volkswagen and Saab dealership. He had just bought Mom… Read more »

Vintage Son
Vintage Son

My friend has a Saab 9-3, later one, and it had a cold air kit on it. Well, one day there was a flood and he went through a 2 inch deep puddle. Well, what he thought was a 2 inch deep puddle, it was more like a foot and a half deep pedal. Know where this is going? Yea, hydrolocked his engine. He got a new one, or rebuilt it, can’t remember. Later when it was very rainy coming up to a puddle, the car shut itself off! I still laugh about that one. He still has the car,… Read more »

JB21
JB21

The first (and to only car) I stole was a SAAB 900 SPG. Actually I only “borrowed” it from a friend who fell asleep drunk, and he woke up to find the car missing, call a cop, and so on. I love every SAAB, even the miserably bad GM 900s and 9-3s. I love everything about them, odd looks (My ex-GF hated 900s, she thought they were butt ugly), stupid ignition location (no other word for it, it’s just stupid, even though I loved it just for that reason), etc. 9000 had the coolest cup holder ever (also probably the… Read more »

Nathan Van Egmond
Nathan Van Egmond

Having looking for a 900 SPG for 4 years, I finally found mine a year ago! A grey on grey 87 spg! As soon as i sat in it, despite the seized breaks, oil leaks and flat tires, i had fallen head over heals for it. The smell, the look, the feel, it was all there! 2 months later, re-built the breaks, new paint and fender/rust work and a few other things, the car was mine! Ive owned it for a year now, and I more in love with it than i was when i bought it. Best car. Glad… Read more »

motoring con brio
motoring con brio

Not a Saab story, but rather a sob story: this is the car we [i]could have[/i] grown up with had my father been more impulsive and in a position to afford the maintenance on a European car. Instead we got treated to the rakish good looks and inspired performance of the Mitsubishi Tredia. Boo hoo indeed.

Dan Wentworth
Dan Wentworth

When I was a nipper my Dad had a few Saabs, a few 90s that I don’t remember and a 900 which had suffered a crash and was parked in our garden. I can remember being sat out inside this old 900 pretending to drive for a good chunk of my childhood. Fast forward 19 years and I’m a grown man with a proper job, I bought a Saab 93 TiD as a cheap workhorse to ferry me to work and back in comfort. Something must have tripped in my brain, because less than 6 months later I’m on the… Read more »

Dan Wentworth
Dan Wentworth

Well, if you’re ever in the south of England you’re very welcome to come and give it a drive.

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari

I just commented this on the video feature, I’ll copy and paste over here. About a month ago I needed a new winter car and I had a hard time thinking of something that would be an acceptable follow up to my GTV6. I have a lot of Saab fan friends and though I respected their cars I hadn’t been bitten yet. One had an SPG that I had driven with great delight but for some reason owning one just hadn’t become a serious consideration yet. Then I found this ’88 SPG for short money just a few miles away… Read more »