Most of us have heard of or seen pictures from events held by the Saab club in Singapore called SAABSTANCE but may wonder why it seems to be only newer SAAB models in their group. I have been fortunate to have contact with two people from this group, Dennis Leu and Abel Tan and they have sent me photos of a classic SAAB photo shoot they recently put together. Below is a number of photos from this event that had some of the nicest 900s I have ever seen.
Both Dennis and Abel had commented about there being a lack of classic Saabs in Singapore which lead me to the obvious question, why? The response I got was that it was very expensive to own an older car in Singapore which makes them very rare. Further to that explanation I received the following message from Dennis:
See the thing is, insurance is not a big deal here but mainly because in Singapore, every car needs to have a “certificate of entitlement” to be owned. This system is put in place to control the amount of cars in a small city state like ours. However, things are getting absurd these days and one of these certificate could cost up to $50,000 for a period 5 years which makes it really hard for classic owners to keep the car…
As expensive as it may be to keep these cars on the road, I’m glad they have. Next year will be the 10th anniversary for SAABSTANCE and I look for to seeing more from this incredible group of SAAB enthusiasts. Thank you Abel and Dennis for continuing to share with us all.