As you may have seen in the last post, me and my family made a road trip through Sweden this summer. One of the stops was Stockholm and the Swedish Police Museum.
The Swedish Police started quite early with Volvos and also a variety of foreign cars. In a small showcase we could see a selection of cars and how the paint/patterns had evolved. Two of the cars caught my eye.
First, of course, a Saab 9-5 in the current standard European paint/pattern, also known as the Battenburg pattern.
Secondly, a Porsche 911 in classic black and white, which was the standard paint in Sweden from 1958 to 1984. The Porsches were used to monitor traffic/speed on the most used highways in the 60-ties and 70-ties. No one would dare escaping from a Porsche, would they? The Porsche crews were hand picked and had special training.
Later on, the Porsches were retired when Saab introduced cars which were as quick as the Porsches. Now, how cool is that?
I still have a few pictures to publish from the Saab Museum Festival, but they need some more work. In the meantime, I have a couple of posts from my road trip through Sweden. My family and I have traveled from Gothenburg to Skellefteå, some 1300 km. We have made a couple of stops along the way. Not very far from Kolmården Zoo in Norrköping, we just had to make a quick stop to take a photo.
Three white 9-5 sedans parked in a row! Two of them, very similar to my own Saab in the foreground.
In the series of post from the Saab Car Museum Festival we have arrived at the NG 9-5 section.
Beautiful 9-5s as far as you can see…..
How about a 9-5X?
Several visitors from Germany
Look at the registration number!
The all “new” Saab 9-5
Fantastic sedan in Java Brown
And finally, a Station Wagon. A quite famous one as well.
In Sweden, it is a tradition to benchmark similar Saab and Volvo models. The Swedish motor magazine “Teknikens värld” decided to let the almost 10-year older Saab 9-5 Station Wagon compete with the brand-new Volvo V90. And you know what? The Saab won!
Time goes by and its now about 8 years since Saab went out of business in its original setting.
NEVS have had their ups and downs. They have mostly been struggling under harsh financial conditions. Something employees from the Saab days are used to, but probably not too happy about. Lately a new major owner, Evergrande, has entered the scene and the wheels are spinning faster again in Trollhättan. Focus is still on the Chinese market and there are currently no formal plans for launching products in Europe or the US.
Quite surprisingly, NEVS lately bought about 20% of the Swedish supercar maker, Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg and NEVS are also planning for a joint venture company which will produce electric cars and hybrids. Rumors say that Koenigsegg would like to gain access to the Trollhättan plant in order to produce “cheaper” electric cars. The reason for NEVS doing this deal is not that clear. NEVS are focusing on sustainable transport solutions, which has little to do with supercars.
You may remember that Koenigsegg was one of the potential buyers of Saab back in the days. Koenigsegg is now the employer of Saabs United´s founder Steven Wade, Swade.
Another car manufacturer in the western part of Sweden is Volvo. Volvo has been doing great lately, better than ever, I imagine. New plants, lots of new models, lots of sales. Many former employees of Saab have found a new job at Volvo Cars.
The picture below was taken last weekend in the heart of Volvo-land, Torslanda. You may recognize the slogan from Volvo commercials with Swedish celebrities like footballer, Zlatan. The car in the foreground however, is made by Trollhättan.
Sometimes I cannot lock my Saab properly with the key remote. If I am in a hurry this may get quite frustrating. After a while, I started to see a pattern. There was always a lorry nearby, a lorry with a remotely operated crane.
In Sweden, we recycle things like glass, paper, plastics and cupboard. The recycling stations are emptied regularly. This happens quite often when I drop my oldest son off at school. My conclusion is that the crane remote is operating on a similar radio frequency as my car key remote. It seems that the weaker car key signal gets drenched by the crane remote. When the lorry is gone, my car lock works perfectly.
I remember a discussion here at SU about the contrasting leather in the OG 9-5 seats was not real leather, but vinyl. This is something that got very real to me 2015. I generally take good care of my car, but I have not done much to the seats. I like to think that leather seats get a nice patina over time, if it is real leather, that is.
Summer 2015 the light colored fake leather in my driver seat cracked. I thought it was a shame, since my car is in good condition. I decided to mend it. I looked around the internet and found a solution called “Color Glo”. Color Glo is specialized in fixing damages in both real leather and vinyl. They can also imprint different leather patterns to mimic the original look.
It turned out that cracked fake leather on Saabs was quite common and that the rip could not be too large in order to fix it. Mine was ok to mend. Unfortunately, the leather pattern could not be imprinted because the cushion beneath the rip was too compressed (gap between the cushion and the vinyl). It seems that the cushions gets worn quite fast.
The mending looked ok, but not by any means perfect. Still, the seat was in once piece again. The mending got lightly tainted by my blue jeans quite fast.
Just before this summer, a piece came off the mending and I am back to square one again. It seems that it is not possible to get a permanent solution for this issue. At least not with the method I chose.
I think Tim mentioned that if you chose the all black version of the seat, you got all real leather. That was probably the correct choice to make. I also discussed this matter with my previous boss who used to be employed at Saab. He said that Saab had pure leather all over the seats for a long time. In competition, Saab was the only one to keep leather all over and scaled down to specific parts of the seat to keep price on par with competition.
Has anyone tried any other method? Please write a post and share your experience!
The first weekend in June (3-4th of June), the second edition of the event “Pilots Wanted” took place in Kiel, Germany. Like the first time back in 2014 it was the guys at Autohaus Lafrentz and Saabblog.net that organized this event. Some of our readers may know about Autohaus Lafrentz and I’m sure some of you think that you had heard that name before – and if you are in to the new generation 9-5, I’m sure you heard it before. The guys at Lafrentz is in my opinion specialists in the new generation 9-5, and the fact that they organizes a 9-5 meeting also tells me that they are enthusiasts. Many will also remember that they played a major part in the process with get the NG9-5 SportCombi street legal. So there is no doubt the team at Lafrentz is “a bit” more interested in Saab than the average Saab-delar, which is evident as you enter the shop… 🙂
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