READY FOR TAKEOFF! Michel Annink 1.6t Aero, Markus Lafrentz 2.0T Aero XWD and Jörgen Carlsson Vector TTiD4.
Picture: Saab Car Museum
The Saab enthusiast Jögen Carlsson from Bor (a small town in Sweden, Småland), bought his NG9-5 SportCombi Vector TTiD4 on the KVD auction in December the 16th, 2012. The 10th of April 2014 turned out to be a day full of joy, the wagon passed the car registration and is now road legal in Sweden, nearly 16 months after the purchase. Markus Lafrentz and Michèl Annink was present with their SportCombi’s to support Jörgen Carlsson during the registration of his Vector.
- Jörgen Carlsson’s 9-5 SC Vector TTiD4 190hp (YS3GP5MKXC9000017) Photo: 9-5sc2012.com
- NG9-5 SC ready for the registration inspection. Photo: 9-5sc2012.com
- Jörgen Carlsson and his nephew Hampus in front of the Saab Car Museum. Photo: Saab Car Museum
Jörgen Carlsson was relieved when he received the written evidence that his unique Saab is now road legal. But the journey has been anything but easy. After the Saab enthusiasts Jörgen Carlsson and Michel Annink acquired their dream cars, the nightmare began to get their vehicles road legal. They both realized that it would be hard to get the cars registered since they never got the chance to get a so-called whole-vehicle approval before Saabs bankruptcy Despite the positive attitude to the text ‘Sold At Bankruptcy Auction 2012 SAAB Collectible. Not allowed to be used in traffic ‘,
it turned out that the procedure to get the cars approved was rather complicated.
Despite the positive feedback and support from the Saab community and enthusiasts , they came to a grinding halt with the Swedish authorities. The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) in Sweden was not accommodating. Authorities referred to the regulations: ‘-Test cars are not allowed to be registered for use on public roads’.
‘Even though the message itself (i.e. it would be impossible to get it on the road again) was repeated all over the media, it sounded strange to me. Why would it be impossible to get one of the world’s technologically advanced and safest cars refused that privilege?’ – Michel Annink
A long quest to find a solution to get this unique car road-legal in Sweden had finally resulted in a positive result. Like it’s twin (at least from the perspective of the last two digits in the VIN) YS3GP5MG9C4000017, Jörgen’s car got permanently registered in Germany first before receiving its approval in Sweden. This now takes the number of 2012 SCs on Swedish plates to two (the story about the first one can be found here).
- #YS3GP5MKXC9000017, #YS3GR5BZ9C9000004 and #YS3GP5MG9C4000017 in front of the main gate of the SAAB factory. Photo: 9-5sc2012.com/
- The unique Saabs in front of the Saab museum in Trollhättan. The model was produced in only 33 copies, 27 is remaining today. Photo: Saab Car Museum
- Markus Lafrentz, proud owner of this beast. Photo: Saab Car Museum
- Michel Annink posing together with his beauty. Photo: Saab Car Museum
My own personal opinion to this amazing story: To me, it’s a huge relief that the swedish authorities finally had common sense to approve these cars. And I want to salute the owners who fought so hard to get these cars road legal. You made the ‘ impossible ‘ possible once again, and I am pleased to see your passion for SAAB.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Saab is so much more than ‘just a car’..
Saab is love, a passion, a lifestyle, and no one can ever take it away from us.
And, obviously, it is proved once again that the impossible is not so impossible.