If you haven’t had a chance to read Tompa’s excellent interview with Christopher Johnston yet, you might want to or you won’t understand the inspiration for this post. In it, CJ stated that if he were at the helm of Saab right now, he’d be interested in bringing back a classic 900 inspired car and a Saab pickup modeled on GM/Holden’s G8. While his dreams haven’t come to pass and Saab is pursuing a different but equally exciting path with a possible small Saab if future circumstances allow, it’s always fun to reflect on the classic concept of the Saabamino, which derives its name from the classic Chevy Camino from the 50s-80s.
That’s where one of our readers chimed in with an email tonight sharing his story of how one of these mythical unicorns of the Saab world came to be. Jimmy had an opportunity to create such a creature from a wrecked 9-5, which I’ll let him explain to you in his own words after the break.
Great minds think alike! CJ and I have the same idea! A Saab pickup truck!
Last winter in the dark days of Saab I decided that in the future I might have to make my own Saabs, so I thought I would practice on a crashed parts car. Using what I had, I created the coolest trash hauler in Santa Fe. It’s still around, we have sold lots of parts from it but the old v6 just keeps driving. It’s really fun to drive with no seatbelt or door! This car hit a tree at about 50 mph at 10 o’clock. The driver walked away uninjured until his Russian wife found out what happened to the car.
Excellent interview with CJ, He has some really great ideas. He is spot on with his description of Saab drivers.
I think a Saab pickup would be cool, and it could have a van version (like that little ford thing) as a brother. You guys are doing great, keep up the great writing. It’s pretty cool with different writers. I’m waiting for the news report of the bus driver missing his stop because he was blogging! 😀
You can use any and all of this email any way you want.
Big thanks to Jimmy, and I think I speak for all of the writers here when I say how exciting it is to get emails every day from passionate Saab fans who have their own stories to tell. Keep the stories coming.
At first glance, the idea of a literal Frankensteined Saab pickup seems almost comical. On the other hand, they’re extremely badass and entirely amazing. Behold several examples covered here and around the net from the past few years.
This represents of course only a fraction of the vast wealth of Saab flat beds lovingly hand crafted over the years by serious enthusiasts. While at first you might think, “How in the heck could Saab ever translate something as wacky as that into something relevant and sellable now?” I for one have to admit the idea of a Saab pickup at first sounds pretty insane. But then one of our regulars SaabKen chimed up in comments and reminded me that Saab has already designed a solution to combine the utility of an open bed with the character befitting a true Saab, the 2001 9-X concept by then chief designer Michael Mauer.
Somehow, I think I could not only live with a similar solution in a future wagon type Saab, but I’d welcome it if they could engineer it well enough to work. Next up, the Spykeramino…