I can’t cast any judgement on the following story. I’ve owned and sold one of my own favourite Saab 900s in recent years. And I know that everyone has a time, no matter who they are, when priorities will be reorganised.
As I read this story, however, I couldn’t help but feel that if Toby does what he’s thinking about doing, that he’ll regret it.
Those Carlssons are mighty nice…..
As a regular poster and Saab nut you will have heard me rattling on about Saabs enthusiastically for many months now-certainly since the run up to Jan 17th last year when things reached a “peak” and when I started tuning into to SU, which seemed to be the hub for the willing coalition of Saab fans.
Before that, and for many years, I have had a deep love for Saab not least because my Father worked for Saab Scania and always had the latest Saab on the driveway as part of the company car scheme, his first being a rust coloured 1973 95 and his last being a 1992 Red 9000CSE. Since I was able to think and reason my Father let me help him choose his next Saab. It happened roughly once every 3 years or 60,000 miles and was far better than Christmas.
I took over from him with real ownership (company contract hire is for wimps!) with a lovely back Saab C900 T16s Aero. Well, I say lovely…it looked nice but other than that it was a dog, a very, very expensive dog.
I recall with a smile the time it let its gearbox go through the tail pipe in tiny pieces at 80mph littering the A14 with cogs and teeth and bringing me to an emergency stop without even touching the brakes… or a week later when she was repaired and needed a clean – the electric windows packed up as the car wash started to squirt gallons of water into the cabin and I thought…”I do like Saabs-just not this one” as I held my coat up to the window ineffectively. I did have a nick name for her but I’m afraid I can’t tell you that for decency’s sake.
I then bought a convertible 9-3, 2.3 in Nocturne blue, and a 1992 Black 9-3 Aero and now I own that plus 2 x 900 Red Carlsson’s and a black 900 t16s Aero (LPT).
My wife is beginning to think I’m obsessed and 2011 is the year I have to make some tough decisions about what is most important to me. I just have too many hobbies – I take photographs of jets, I fly model helicopters and have thousands of pounds worth of UAV equipment which needs testing and flying and I have 4 Saabs when I only really need one…… or maybe two 😉
To that end I am having a wee sale and at the end I might just have enough for the 2012 ng9-3.
This is not intended to be a sales advert to those here – for that purpose I have enlisted Piston Heads. It is however a look at what one of your SU friends is doing this year, and an excuse to gaze at what I consider to be a fine looking car, it is tinged with some sadness but frankly I’m stretching myself too thin, so Its time to give a couple of things up.
First up is the best of my Carlsson’s she is close to showroom condition and secretly I don’t really want to sell her anyway, despite what the wife thinks. She sure is pretty, ain’t she?
For close followers of SU you will notice I finally found a replacement for the rear Décor panel that got broken by my “Valet/ Wash” guy. I won’t tell you how I found another one but let’s just say I was the one that was robbed…
Grrrrr. I’m ok about that now though…no really I am.