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Saab 9000 in the limelight

June 22, 2015 in Classics




Monte Carlo Yellow SAAB 9000 Aero MY 1994

Monte Carlo Yellow SAAB 9000 Aero MY 1994

I had an interesting conversation with a fellow Saab enthusiast earlier today. And we discussed Saab 9000 and how this vehicle is now a nearly extinct unicorn these days. In addition, we both quickly agreed that Saab 9000 is one of Saab’s models that have been brought behind the spotlight and is somewhat a bit of a forgotten classic icon. My friend possesses not only a whole lot of knowledge about Saab, but he is also one of the few people I know with his Saab spirit still intact, his passion will always be there no matter what. He is also an extremely passionate 9000 owner, and one of the cars he owns is truly interesting on many levels. So let me introduce you to Johan Lööf’s MCY Saab 9000 Aero ‘ 94 and his story of how he found his dream car.


Johan’s first meeting with his dream car, the MCY Saab 9000 Aero featured in the swedish car magazine ‘Bilsport’.

To take you to the beginning of this story, we have to rewind the time back to the year 2000, when I was 14 years old and the interest for cars started to increase rapidly. I bought myself my very first motor sports magazine fore a school trip, a swedish car magazine called “Bilsport”, more particularly Bilsport No.5. Saab was also highly interesting at that time (thanks to my brother). So I closely examined and eyed down all Saabs that were featured in the magazine, and the Saab that stood out the most was a small article with 2 small pictures of a Saab 9000 Aero in the color YELLOW!


Bilsport magazine article – “UNIQUE. Most people who sees Benny‘s yellow Saab 9000 Aero will react. “What the heck, a yellow AeroIt must’ve been repainted!? And sure enough, in fact, there wasn’t any produced yellow 9000 Aero’s – besides this one! Benny‘s copy is the only one in the whole world who was originally painted in the Monte carlo yellow color”


As a 14 year old boy my instant thought was “One day I’ll own a car like that”. But then again, we all have to admit that we’ve all had our own crazy teenage dreams. Time passed and I soon forgot all about the car in the magazine. Until one day in April 2006, when a friend of mine showed me a car that his brother was going to pick up. And his brother had already asked me if I was interested in buying a 9000 Aero since I was in the need of a car at that moment. When I got to see the sales ad for the car that he mentioned I flew off the chair. It was a MCY 9000 Aero! And I instantly recognized the license plate number. As soon as I got back home I searched through my old Bilsport car magazines and found the article I was looking for, I compared them, and sure enough, it was my teenage dream car that was up for sale! So there wasn’t any doubt about it, I was more than interested in buying my dream car. The day after this I took the car for a test drive, and it didn’t take long before I was the new owner for it. 


“Yes, I’m the owner of a Saab 9000 Aero – and it’s Monte Carlo Yellow! – Johan Lööf”


The Aero Johan owns is a 9000 Aero MY1994, And it was first purchased by a woman from Luxembourg, and according to Saab automobile, this woman was working for the European Parliament. This car was sold as an IDS (International and Diplomat Sales) car, and we all know that this was something very exclusive. And the car was most likely repainted by a dealer before it was handed out to the customer. Though there’s no received confirmation on that issue yet. The car was later imported and registrered in Sweden 1998.
These are the following specifications for the car when it was commissioned:


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      Delivery identification certificate (birth certificate)

      Model year: 1994

    • Sweden/SE specified car (that is, not a Europe/EU specified car).
    • Saab 9000 Aero
    • CS 5 door body, no sunroof
    • Left Hand Drive (LHD)
    • Engine: 2.3 Turbo (200 hp/294 Nm) with engine number B234L6A00R127081
    • Automatic transmission with transmission code FA43201198136
    • Exterior color: Cirrus White (color code 153)
    • Interior: Rocky Black Sports Interior
    • 16 Super Aero rim (3spoke) with 205/55 Z16 tires (probably Michelin MXM)
    • Double electric front seats with memory on the driver’s side
    • Double Airbags


During the years Johan has owned the car he has upgraded with installation of JT 3t” exhaust system with sport catalyst. Mounted H&R 40mm lowering kit and Bilstein Sport shocks. He also converted to manual transmission with Quife diff. He is currently in the process of fixing rust on wheel arches and trunk, and he has recently fixed the rust damage to the windsheild frame because it was in a very bad condition. He is committed to restoring the car to it’s former glory, including engine overhaul is in his future plans, and he has absolutely no plans or wishes to change the body colour. This car is in safe hands with it’s owner who is willing to do anything to save his extraordinary gem. We at saabsunited would like to thank Johan for sharing his story of his dream car, and we hope that he will be able to enjoy his very own unicorn for many years to come.

Photos of the winners

June 10, 2015 in Events, Saab Festival 2015


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Fantasy Land – Saab by Apple

February 14, 2015 in Editorial

Some of you might have read by now that Apple has a secret program named Project Titan to build an electric car. As a few curious photographers witnessed, they’ve leased Chrysler minivans driving all around Silicon Valley with advanced sensors. Several top auto industry personnel from Mercedes and Tesla have already been poached, not to mention visits by Apple executive visits to Austria– think Magna Steyr where they built all those 9-3 Convertibles. This may not mean Apple is 100% absolutely surely going to be coming out with a car, and even if they did it would be years away. They might just be investigating technologies that could end up in future personal electronics, or software interfaces for OEMs to integrate like their CarPlay system. But what if they were, and what if they could leapfrog ahead by aquiring the bankrupt assets of a certain automobile company in Sweden with a rich history of intelligent design and innovation, coupled with a huge factory capable of supplying the Euro Zone with 200,000 plus units?


One of the vans registered to Apple currently in testing around Silicon Valley.

Follow me here– what would an Apple car look like? Would people want a car designed by their computer company? I’ve seen it work in reverse, Porsche designed phones, but I don’t see the reverse ever truly working. The other silicon valley auto company producing electric cars, Tesla has made a name for themselves by launching an exclusive high end brand that is first and foremost about the core product, autos. While they might end up moving more into home power or grid power backup systems or other different fields, when you hear Tesla, you visualize a Model S. The same can’t be said for Apple.

Just like Mahindra sees the potential value in a prestigious brand with cache, Apple should see the advantages of acquiring such a dirt cheap and storied brand with such similar brand values. It wasn’t so long ago that Saab’s Global brand director Knut Simonsson told Autocar that they were trying to position themselves as the Apple of car brands. Before their demise, Saab was not about blending in, “We don’t want to be another Audi,” Simonsson said. In fact, Audi has been tying themselves to Google, not only through their MMI, but their self driving car experiments. Even if Apple wanted to start completely fresh with design and do something all new and different to what Saab had done before, just having the engineering chops, the crash facilities, the testing and state of the art production labs, the proximity to northern Sweden for winter testing, and most of all the bonafide legacy of well engineered Scandinavian design, it just makes sense.

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SOTW “The Beast”

March 30, 2014 in News, Sotw

This weeks SOTW comes from Dr.Os here in the UK, at first glance a 9-3 Aero but as you can see from the picture there are a few differences and they don’t stop there. Read Os’s words below.

The car is a Saab 9-3 Aero Sports Saloon 2003 model. It has enjoyed only the one owner since new. The performance and visual creations of the car started off in 2007 with a Saab City dealership T9 upgrade package. 

Since 2007, the car has undergone a complete and extensive metamorphoses, from the factory produced variant into what I lovingly refer to as “The Beast”. 

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3rd European Saab meeting in Huy

November 6, 2013 in Fan Stuff

This weekend sees the third European Saab get together in Huy in Belgium.

Organised by Etienne, with help from his good friends Jeff and Rémi plus a few others, this is going to be a very large gathering of Saabs in one place.

The party gets going on the Saturday when many of the Saab owners will start arriving from all over Europe. UK, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland to name but a few. A dinner has been arranged for the evening with lots of food, wine, beer and laughter.

Sunday morning will see many Saabs parked all around The Town Square and this is when you will get the chance to mingle and chat about your favourite brand. Around 2.30 there will be an award for the best car and then just after that a car tour is arranged to visit the local area. There is a meal arranged for Sunday evening for those who wish to stay another night.

A few of us from The UK are planning to arrive together just after lunch on the Saturday, We are convoying from Calais so you may see us on route.

It promises to be a super fun weekend. So if you are close by or fancy a road trip please come along and join in and make this European Meeting the biggest yet.


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Sonett Awarded

November 4, 2013 in Clubs

I received this email from Dave Dalimore of GWS fame about the great weekend they had just had at a Classic Car Show in the West of England. In Dave’s words:  (Also new link to photos)

Great Western Saabs were once again on display at this years Classic Vehicle Restoration Show in the UK which attracted 6,000 classic and vintage car enthusiasts plus displays and demonstrations from the professional restorers and from clubs.orangesonett.

GWS had two SAABs on their stand, a ‘pink’ 96 which was to be detailed and returned to it’s original Toreador Red and a MkIII Sonett in bright orange. The Sonnet attracted much interest as many had never seen one before. In fact it attracted so much interest it won an award! ‘The Most Interesting Car of the Show’.

Owner Howard Bennett says ‘I am still shocked – quite how I managed “Most Interesting Vehicle” in front of an ex-Roger Moore P1800 and a Superleggera Aston (amongst all the other terrific cars there) was a real surprise! Huge thanks to all who helped organise the stand, those who helped me out logistically and of course those who have helped me get the car into the state it is now. I had the best of weekends and the award was indeed the cherry on top of the cake.’
It has been a great year for GWS as they also won two awards at the Classic Car Show back in April of this year and ‘Most Admired SAAB’ at the very popular Swedish Day organised by our very own Robin Morley.

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Saab Turbo Club of Sweden – A Track Day

October 27, 2013 in Clubs, Saab Clubs, Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, Sweden

Hi everyone!

One of our members in the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, Mikael Öhrman (mioh), have been very nice and put up this great movie from our latest track day within the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden.

The movie shows many glimts on what we are doing when it comes to a track day.

How we in the steering board of STCS, together with our friends in the Racecrew, are preparing the track the day before.

Then some of the activities we are preforming during a track day.

Many thanks to Mikael Öhrman for the movie!


Best Regards
Michael Törnros
President of Saab Turbo Club of Sweden

Spykers Case Against GM Dismissed

June 11, 2013 in News

Spyker’s US$3bln lawsuit accusing General Motors of trying to bankrupt SAAB has been dismissed by a US federal court judge who said GM had the right to block the sale of a company using its technology.

This quote was everywhere yesterday and was not too surprising. Some of us thought there was a case when looking at the big picture but the US District Court Judge Gershwin Drain looking at everything before him ruled otherwise and granted the motion to dismiss the matter.

General Motors had a contractual right to approve or disapprove the proposed transaction.

He also stated that the deal Spyker had reached to purchase Saab had given GM the right to stop changes in ownership and that GM’s statements voicing its opposition to the Youngman deal were not made with malice or to intentionally harm Saab.

GM’s lawyer, Kathryn Kirmayer, called Spyker’s deal with Youngman where they would eventually take a 70% ownership in Saab, “sketchy in many respects”.

Spyker’s lawyer Ben Chew, had said that Spyker and Youngman had reached the framework of a deal that would have allowed the assembly of Saab vehicles without the use of GM technology and platforms. They had also agreed to loan Saab 200m Euro which would have kept the company moving.

Spyker has not said if it will appeal the decision and at this point with everything that has happened, it’s hard to say what the right move would be. Reuters had spoke to Victor Muller who said “we will be awaiting the written order and then we will assess”.

It is very hard to look at things from where most of us sit and think that GM’s actions and words were not made to intentionally harm Saab. It is beyond most of us to not think that it was very deliberate and direct. That all being said, if GM did in fact act within the agreement and within the laws that govern them, as crappy as their actions were….. maybe it is best to move on from this whole mess and focus on the future.

The future for Victor and Spyker looks to be promising with a beautiful new car set to be produced and a partnership that was formed through the Saab trials. For Saab/NEVS, we have not even scratched the surface of what they can be or where they are headed. We know now that turbo engines are not just the DNA of the past but will be a part of the future.

It may be time to forget about GM and look forward, I say forget as most will never forgive.