Archive for December, 2009

Saab Addicted – Chapter 3: Thirty-Nine Saab 99 Turbos

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

I noticed early on that Saab owners more than other auto fanatics are particularly known for liking to have multiple Saabs. I, for example, have 3 (I would have 4 but my wife made me sell my 1982 900 when I got my 99 – and actually I’d have even more, budget permitting).

Even among Saab owners, though we have a very special collection here. And finally, thanks to a serious effort by me and our member who prefers to be known only as “Saab 99 Turbo Heritage,” we now have all of his 39 (that’s thirty-nine!) Saab 99 Turbos on the Registry. Click here to see all 39 of our member Saab 99 Turbo Heritage’s Saab 99 Turbos.

Next on our list is to complete adding photos for every car and also to complete any missing information, mostly mileage. I appreciate everything this member has been teaching me about these cars. As I said to him, I only discovered the 99 Turbos in 2005, so I still have a lot to learn. Adding his cars has given me an opportunity to continue learning more and more about the nuances of the various 99 Turbos that are out there.

One of my favorite cars is the first Saab 99 Turbo he bought that started the bug of what is certainly the largest collection in the world. I’m especially looking forward to getting the photos of that special 99 Turbo on there.

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Saab Addicted – Chapter 2

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Here is the latest addition to the collection of 30 Saab 99 Turbos in our Registry for a single owner: #13 of 30+ Saab 99 Turbo’s.

We also added a pretty image to one of the previous listings. It’s letter from the Saab marketing department about this Limited Edition, 5-door Saab 99 Turbo. Click here to view the listing.
Here is the letter’s content:
Dated: 13 October 1978
To: Turbo Dealers
From: SAAB marketing Department
Content:
Gentlemen,

99 Series – 5 Door Turbo – Limited Edition

We have now received the ‘Type Approval’ certificate for this model.

As most of you are aware from various ‘leaks’, we only have a limited number of just over 100 of these, therefore they are and will become “collectors pieces”.

The 5-door Turbo is:

In Cardinal Red Metallic

GLE specification, with the addition of:
Manual gearbox.
Turbo wheels.
Rear and front spoilers.
Stereo radio and stereo cassette player.
Sun Roof.

Retail price of £6,350

We are now awaiting your orders. These cars will receive no publicity or normal promotion but have been mentioned to the press.

Yours sincerely,

R.S. Clements
Marketing Manager

Addicted: Saab 99 Turbo

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

December I’m dedicating my efforts to helping one of our members get all of his Saab 99 Turbos added to the Registry. It’s taking quite an effort because he has more than 30 Saab 99 Turbos. I’m curious if this is the biggest car collection of a specific make and model.

He’s asked to remain anonymous so you will find the listing under the name ‘Saab 99 Turbo Heritage.’ Here is the latest addition to the Registry, a black 1981, right-hand-drive Saab 99 Turbo originally from the UK.

While I love the hatch on my 1978 99 Turbo, there’s definitely something cool about the sloped back of these models. His photos really capture the beauty of the red interiors. Stay tuned for our daily additions to the list.

In closing, I welcome any comments about other fanatical Saab collectors out there. I’ve heard of some brothers in either Oregon or Washington who I believe collect old 2-stroke Saabs. Please share your stories.

Saab Still in the Hot Seat

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Congratulations to Steve Wade of Saabs United. Great to see you on CNN.com. Click on that link for a great article by Steve giving a good snapshot of the current state of affairs of Saab and reflecting on the history of the company.

Something’s telling me that things are going to work out the way they are meant to be for Saab. It is certainly exciting to see all the energy around Saab and reading the posts and comments. Nothing like something dying to bring out all the previously missing appreciation.

Part of me feels I should be caught up in all the excitement. But maybe it’s my health, or the stress of my profession and family issues, but I find myself feeling my place is to continue where I’ve been – enjoying my Saabs and my own personal Saab experience where I can. If Saab ‘dies,’ none of that is going to change. I’ll still be driving one of my three Saabs through the mountains every week. Tinkering on them and finding repair parts when I can afford to. And working to keep improving this site.

This month I’m focusing on adding the Saabs of one of our members who has more than 30 Saab 99 Turbos. It’s going to take me the rest of the month if not into January. But it’s been a hell of a lot of fun along the way.

Cool Saab Article on Car

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Well done, albeit sobering, article on CAR magazine website:

Saab: 1947-2009? Gavin Green pays tribute to Saab

Have your own thoughts on these strange times for Saab or the history of Saab? I welcome your input. Send me your stories/comments/etc. I’ll publish them here as a story or compilation of everyone’s input.