The last police Saab 900 retires

From my Twitter feed comes this nice story from Tommi’s Saab Site

In Tommi’s words

I previously wrote about the very last Saab 900 that the Finnish police still has. Yesterday username “saamu” posted a link on the Saab Club Finland discussion board of a news article where it was stated that the very last 1993 model Saab 900 has finally retired from police service. What will happen to the car is still open. Most likely it will be auctioned off at police sale or it will find a home in some museum.

So, that’s it. Finnish police force no longer has any Saabs on patrol duty!

Thank you Tommi for a nice story. Click here for the original article in Finnish. Google translation after the jump

Saab-old man left the police service Outokumpu was a police station last week, a historic moment. The police almost two decades, serving the Saab 900i left the police use.

Inspector Markku Airaksinen, whose main use is the car the last few years have been, was driving the last mission. It was directed Liperi. The final week of the car is supplied to Joensuu, where it will no longer return to the police. Airaksinen Saab’s ultimate fate is unknown. Order of the police car came to the elimination of the corresponding vehicle. In general, end of life vehicles go either for sale or breaking up. One possibility is also a private museum enthusiast. A long time? police use of The model year of the Saab was -92 in 1993 Polvijärvi the police station. In five years, it was driven some 200 000 kilometers, equivalent to an approximately 30 000 – 40 000 km. Since then, annual mileage were down. Before the last missions of the meter was reading 322 817 As age of the vehicle with respect to the number of kilometers it is a rarity among the police cars. Airaksinen Chief Inspector of Police Saabit left off several years ago, and no other vehicles of this age is not known. – The features of this car is no longer the police vehicle strategy. It does not meet today’s requirements for use of the police, nor the customers’ point of view, Airaksinen says. Kimmo Timonen

 

Angelo V.
Member
4 years 2 months ago

I would love driving that car around Washington, DC and the suburbs where I live!

Tilley
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this sounds like it really does belong in a museum.

Are we up for another car purchase for the Saab Museum? Or does the Saab Museum now have the ability to consider such a purchase themselves?

tommij
Member
4 years 2 months ago

I doubt the Swedish Saab Museum has interest in Finnish police cars as there are and have been plenty of domestic ones availlable. The Finnish Police Museum collections already have a 99 and a 900 so this one is probly going to be auctioned off. Although I hope it would find a home at the Uusikaupunki Car Museum (which has a nice Saab collection), but they are pretty tight on space.

Sensonic
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Those were the days…Back then Finnish police had SAAB 900s and Volvo 240 Combis, nowadays they have Skoda Octavias, Ford Focuses and Mondeos 🙁

Bullnose
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Finnish finished.

Bullnose
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Polis polished.

scand
Member
4 years 2 months ago

That may be the last 1993 model year Finnish police Saab, but surely the Finnish Police bought Saabs for many years later than 1992 ?

tommij
Member
4 years 2 months ago

No, they didn’t. They may have had some in other functions (non-badged), but no Saabs as patrol cars. After Saabs it was mainly Ford Mondeos and VW Transporters. I’m not even sure if 9000 was considered, but if it was I’m pretty sure it was too expensive.

Brian Hamilton
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Before they retired it, they should have used it to arrest the person who designed the paint job on this car. This must surely take the Saab ugly award.

dickerin
Member
4 years 2 months ago

+1

Tilley
Member
4 years 2 months ago

+900

tommij
Member
4 years 2 months ago

That’s what you get when a committee of pencil pushers at the interior ministery gets to decide what looks good… 😀 That’s actually the newer, re-designed police color scheme. I liked the old one better even though it was pretty much as dull as the new one (old in front, newer at back)

North Toronto Punter
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Odd Man out on this one. Rather like the ‘New’ scheme — ‘Old’ scheme looks like replacement body panels used!

That said: Swedish Polis graphics less severe –reflecting a different policing style/temperament?

Brian Hamilton
Member
4 years 2 months ago

At least with the old one, you could see the classic lines of the car. Much better. Did people actually get paid to re-design this? Just wondering about the Euro economy.

Ralph
Member
4 years 2 months ago

The goal of the redesign was probably not in the first place to preserve the classic lines of the car, but rather to make it more recognizable as a police car (from afar) and at the same time find a concept that works on all brands/models.

Ralph
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Heheh, I kinda like it…

Khanzza
Member
4 years 2 months ago

A truly sad day for Finland.

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