Today, 11 March, the District Court of Vänersborg, decided that the Reorganization of Nevs shall continue for an additional time period of three months, until 29 of May 2015.
I guess this situation is something that all of us had been in at least one time. You are searching for a “new” car, and you search the classifieds after the perfect car. Some of the classifieds sounds too good to be true, as they for example promise you, let us say, a 10 year old car that is “better then new” and so on. In respect for you guys who are selling your 10 year old car, I’m not saying it is a piece of scrap, but to be honest – how may 10 years is mint condition? But in the opposite end of the scale there is the ones that are totally honest, and this time there is a guy that are very honest in a epic ad titled “Saab 9-5 Estate, you will regret it”…
In this classified on the Swedish site “Blocket” a guy try to sell a MY00 9-5 Estate that he had bought for his daughter, but the car has caused trouble since he bought it. On the pictures the car looks quite all-right, but the ad says it has a lot of scratches and dents – but that is maybe not the worst thing. The mileage is about 195 000km, and some of the things that are broken is the turbo, AC, brakes, drive shaft joint, SID and other electrical problems, wheel bearings and so on. To a potential buyer of this car the seller requires that you have good economy, a good mental health and at least a Bachelor degree in wrenches… :p The price he is asking is SEK 9000 (about US$1000), but if you have a fantastic fun statement of reasons, you will get it for free, because he need help to get in better mood! :p After the inspection of the car (in Sweden this has to be done every year), there is obviously things to fix, for after this he updated the ad with the words “now I know what to do the next month”…
But at this point the rescue is near – Orio, the supplier of Saab original parts, has fallen in love with the humor in this ad, and now they had chosen this car as a “project car”. They want to restore this car to as close to original condition as possible – with original parts.
So for the next month this car will be at two workshops, MapTun in Örebro and at a paint- and body-workshop (Högdalens Bil & Skadecenter) and Orio will post updates and videos from the project on their website – http://www.orio.com/stayoriginal/.
Unfortunately the video is only in Swedish, but I guess many of you will understand what’s going on – and maybe Orio add English subs to the next ones?
March 8, 2015 in Classics
Those of you who know the Facebook group Saab Nuts! definitely know that Phil Cymru is one of the biggest Saab nuts around. And that’s a compliment. Phil informed me about a recent Saab project of his, being an amazing restoration of a great looking Saab Sonett. A nice story showing that there is still plenty for us Saab enthusiast to enjoy about Saab while awating a hopefully positive future for the brand.
Enjoy the story and pictures of Phil, his son and the Sonett:
I’ve been having a Sonnet restored in the states, I literally just got a call saying it’s finished! I’ll be flying out to Florida in two weeks to drive it for the first time!
I met Shawn Liegl after I set up Saab Nuts! We became friends, he invited me to visit him in Orlando in September 2013, I met a lot of his friends in the Saab community there, and was introduced to a Sonett for the first time, I decided I had to have one (there are only a handful in the UK). Eventually I found two cars that were destined for the scrap yard, they really were in bad shape, I commissioned Nick Mazzochi (also of Saab Nuts!) to start a nut & bolt restoration. It has taken until now to complete the work, I’m flying my family out to see it in the 18th of March and we will take it to Cape Canaveral to be shipped to Southampton, England.
Enjoy your new Saab, Phil and family!
March 6, 2015 in Sotw
My name is Taras, I live in New Jersey, and sometimes Florida USA
Currently I have 2 Saabs, ’07 9-3 Aero Convertible (lime-yellow) and 9-4X Aero (silver)
Recently, I took a trip to Toronto, Canada, and took some pix of 9-4X Aero with Ontario Lake scenery in the back ground.
The 9-3 is vacationing in Florida right now, hibernating in the warm garage. Only 9-4X is forced to be driven the cold New Jersey.
In 2 weeks I will be in Florida re-uniting them, and will take them both to Daytona Beach for a photo session right by the ocean.
Please find the pix below for your SOTW collection.
A big thank you to Taras for sharing pictures of these to beautiful Saabs
Many more pictures can be found on my Flickr Page
During 2014, Andrei at Griffin Models, ran a competition for those building his kits.
Yesterday the results from a poll on his site were announced and Peter Haubold was the winner with his 95HK.
With a massive lead (187 votes – 40%) we have a Griffin Models build-contest winner. It’s Peter Haubold with Saab 95HK Motorhome kit.
We contacted Peter and he selected his prize, which is:
- Griffin Models Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2012 kit
CONGRATULATIONS, PETER !!!
March 3, 2015 in News
Today the district court of Vänersborg made a positive decision regarding NEVS’ request for composition negotiations with their creditors. The meeting of the creditors is scheduled for March 23rd in Vänersborg. More info on the proposal that is discussed then can be found here.
However, the more importand decision about the extension of the reconstruction is still to be made later this week.
March 1, 2015 in Sotw
I was browsing though some old pictures and found one on my 900R -96 505hp and tought it might have a try on the SOTW J
Photo was taken at STCS Trackday at Mantorp 2007 I belive, so it’s been a while…
More pictures of the car at http://garaget.org/unknown
February 26, 2015 in News
As NEVS had their creditor meeting today SvD tried to investigate a bit and asked SAAB AB about the talks between them and Mahindra and/or NEVS since this was stated in the presentation that was shown to the creditors. The answer was a bit of a surprise:
- There has been no such negotiations between Saab AB and foreign automakers and that has been ongoing for a number of months, says Sebastian Carlsson, Media Director at Saab AB.
But the administrator states that you “started exploratory talks” about the continued use of the license in December. Is he lying?
- Yes, the information is not correct. There are no negotiations for a number of months.
Having gotten that info the went back to the administrator, Lars Eric Gustafsson, and confronted him with that statement. Here is his reply:
- As a lawyer I won’t speak untruthful. I have written “soundings” in my statement and I stand by it. I affirm that I have information about it, be it soundings or dialogue.
How important are these talks about the brand for reconstruction to succeed?
- They are important but not decisive. The reconstruction does not stand or fall with it. The District Court will convene in late March for a decision on a possible renewal, says Lars Eric Gustafsson.
Native speakers can read the original article here in Swedish.
So what do we make of that? In court it would be a classical deadlock with two contrary statements. Looking a bit behind it does not bring us any further either. There is no need to deny anything for SAAB AB. On the other hand the admin has no reason to lie either. He is responsible for his statements and he would not risk anything for just a few more months of administrator salary.
It seems to be one of those sit and wait moments (again). Let’s see if more statements on this issue surface in the next days. By the end of March we will know if this story will just be a sidenote or a stumbling stone.