I hadan interestingconversationwitha fellow Saabenthusiast earlier today.And we discussedSaab9000andhowthis vehicleis nowanearlyextinct unicorn these days.In addition, webothquicklyagreedthat Saab9000isone ofSaab’smodelsthat have been broughtbehindthe spotlightandis somewhat a bit ofa forgotten classicicon.Myfriend possessesnot onlya whole lot of knowledgeabout Saab,butheis also one of thefew people I know with his Saab spirit still intact, his passion will always be there no matter what.Heis alsoan extremelypassionate9000owner,and one ofthe carshe ownsis trulyinterestingonmanylevels.Solet me introduce you to JohanLööf’sMCYSaab9000Aero‘ 94andhisstory of howhe foundhisdream car.
To take you to the beginning of thisstory,we have to rewind the time back to theyear 2000, when I was14 yearsold and the interest for cars started to increase rapidly.I bought myselfmy very firstmotor sports magazine fore a school trip, a swedish car magazine called “Bilsport”, more particularly Bilsport No.5. Saabwas alsohighly interestingat that time (thanks tomy brother). So I closelyexamined and eyed downallSaabsthat werefeatured in the magazine, and theSaab thatstood outthe most wasa small articlewith2 smallpictures ofa Saab9000Aeroin thecolor YELLOW!
Bilsport magazine article – “UNIQUE.Most people whoseesBenny‘syellowSaab 9000Aerowillreact.“What the heck,a yellowAero. It must’vebeen repainted!?“And sure enough,in fact, there wasn’t any produced yellow9000Aero’s – besidesthis one!Benny‘s copyis the only one inthe whole world who was originally paintedintheMontecarlo 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 passedandI soonforgot all aboutthecarin the magazine.Untilone dayinApril2006,when a friend of mineshowed meacar thathis brotherwas 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. WhenIgot to seethe salesad for the car that he mentioned I flew off the chair. It was a MCY9000 Aero! And I instantly recognized the license plate number.Assoon 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,Iwas more thaninterested 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”
TheAeroJohanownsis a9000AeroMY1994,Andit was first purchasedbya woman fromLuxembourg,andaccording toSaab automobile, this woman was workingfor the EuropeanParliament. 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 dealerbefore itwas handedout to thecustomer. Though there’sno received confirmationonthat issue yet. The carwas later imported and registrered inSweden1998.
These are the followingspecifications for the carwhenit was commissioned:
Doubleelectric front seatswithmemoryon the driver’s side
During theyearsJohanhas ownedthe carhe hasupgradedwithinstallation ofJT 3t”exhaust system withsportcatalyst.MountedH&R40mm lowering kit andBilsteinSportshocks. He also convertedtomanual transmissionwith Quife diff.He iscurrently in the process offixingrust on wheel arches andtrunk,andhe hasrecentlyfixed therust damage to thewindsheildframe because itwas in a very bad condition.Heis committed to restoringthe carto it’s former glory, includingengine overhaul isin his future plans,andhe hasabsolutelyno plans or wishes to changethe body colour.Thiscar isin safe hands with it’sowner who is willing to do anything tosave hisextraordinarygem.We atsaabsunitedwould like to thankJohan for sharinghis story of hisdream car,andwehope thathe will be able to enjoy his very own unicornfor many years to come.
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15 thoughts on “Saab 9000 in the limelight”
The 9000 2.3T is a wonderful car to drive. Mine is Black! 🙂
And it has the best seats I have ever been in.
finally some words on the 9000 😉
It’s about time that someone mention the 9000, I couldn’t agree with you more. In my opinion the 9000 is one of Saab’s best models made that has been brought behind the spotlight for quite some time now. Thereof my post to bring it back into the limelight.
I had a couple. One was a very powerful (can you say “torque-steer”) version that is one of my favorite SAABs. The low pressure turbo model I owned later was nowhere near the fun. Regardless, the 9000 has so many good design features that the strange ignition key location is quickly forgotten. Thanks for the post.
Also, the leather used on the seats is a much higher quality than the vinyl-like leather used in the 9-5.
Very cool, thanks for sharing!
In Sweden (SAAB Turbo club )some people are searching for good 9000 cars now and i have also i nice 9000 from 1998 with the 225 HP AERO engine. It has 98 000 km driven in summer only. Tuned by Nordic to 275 HP and it runs at 0,75 L/ 10 km. No rust and midnight blue metallic. I happens to still drive on the Michelin MXM tyres that was delivered on the car, (the second set). The 9000 AERO was in my opinion the best car ever made until the NG 9-5 came in 2010. I have a 2011 9-5 AERO Turbo6 XWD as well and the only thing i am not sure of is how much extra power the engine can deliver without breaking apart. The N-G 9-5 is a super car that show what SAAB could have been today if Victor was not killed by SWEGOV.
I am sure there is a few very nice 9000 out there that needs to be remembered.
Should it be possible to start a SAAB 9000 face-book group to gather all remaining cars on the planet earth. If so,i will join.
Great article! The 9000 was the first Saab I ever sat in and the reason I fell in love with all the quirks. Great to see one so well taken care of and upgraded. Love the color!
I always had a weakness for this magnificent color. I wish the owner well, and many miles of prideful ownership.
It’s not unique!! There was another Monte Carlo Yellow 9000. It was RHD drive UK model produced by Saab for the Aberdeen Saab dealer Adrian Smith. It was displayed on the quay during the 1997 Cutty Sark Tall Ships race when it visited Aberdeen. The Cutty Sark whisky label is yellow hence the tie-in. See below for an image.
I saw the car about 7 years later in Oban on the west coast of Scotland.
It’s actually great news that another one exists. I might have to look this up more closely.. Do you have any more information about it and it’s owner perhaps?
I think it is the one that came to a car show in Stroud, Gloucestershire several years ago. Car was originally black but Saab GB then had it painted in Montecarlo yellow. The engine bay remained black aswell as all the body covered in trim! The owner , if I remember well, mentioned that a total of 3 9000 including his were repainted for the event described. Nice car though!
Sorry MadeIene I have no more information. The last time I saw it was in poor condition so I doubt it survives. Someone please prove me wrong.
I’ve had a couple of 9000s (a 91 CD and a 93 CSE) and I liked both of them, but they’ve not been my favorite Saabs.
For all their good points, the whole line just always seemed compromised to me. So many little things about these cars highlight the dire financial straights Saab were in when it was being designed. Clever engineering solutions let down by insufficient testing and compromises based on using a platform shared with Fiat (compromises that would rear their heads again in later shared platforms from GM).
I recall one exchange I had about my fragile automatic transmission in my CD with the late Bob Sinclair. His comment “That transmission is undersized and horrible. My wife wanted a CD, so I had one made with a manual because that thing was so bad.” (The CD was only available with the automatic in North America.)
Had a naturally aspirated 9000cse which was way too low on power which was a shame, a turbo diesel would have been nice but before the days of diesels in Saabs. 9000 was a big sturdy car but I had to firm up the chassis / suspension a bit as found it too floppy, a Abbott racing cross strut under the bonnet and sports springs did wonders to handling! I think sometimes Saab could have worked harder in firmer suspensions which were only to be found in their performance models. Is it only me or was the steering wheel positioned too low, touching your knees? much better position in later 9-5, 9-3
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