Wanted: Saab 900 Decor Panel

I don’t usually do wanted ads like this, but the Saab 900 Carlsson is one of my all-time favourite Saabs so I figured it was worthwhile helping a brother out.

This comes from Toby K, in the UK.

For what it’s worth, Toby, I emailed a few 900-owning mates here in Oz – all three of whom have the decor plate – and they all say the same thing: keep an eye on Ebay.


I am after a very quick bit of help from you and the esteemed readership here at Saabs United. I need the SU eagle eyed folks out there to help me track down a very rare part.

Would anyone know where I can find a rear reflective décor panel for a Saab 900 normally found on Carlsson or Jubilee variants? It looks like a red light bar joining the rear light clusters and houses the number plate.

Photos from SaabCentral and Maptun.

Believe me when I tell you I have searched and telephoned virtually every scrapyard in the civilised world today – yes that does mean the UK/US/Netherlands and Australia, all with the same result, it’s a little depressing!!

The 900 is a classic and at over 20 years old and is facing a real scarcity of supply in a lot of parts so I figure this is normal now for a classic 900 owner. After many hours of searching I have only found 2 but those hopes were dashed…one is sold £70 [UK] and the other US seller is unresponsive.

The reason I ask is that “Scarlet” – yes that’s her name (her previous owner told me) was being restored and this process was very near completion. After a lot of paintwork she was polished then washed by hand but unfortunately during this process the pressure from the hose was too much and the body shops carwash guy was a little careless, the old brittle plastic gave way at the top right edge. Even worse we were unable to find the corner that had snapped off. The car wash guy didn’t seem upset at all about it until I said I wasn’t going to pay him! I was pretty peeved, in fact I still am…having the work done only to end up with another difficult job to complete-sort of one step forward one step back.

After today’s research I feel it is time to reach out to the Global Saab community for any advice or assistance they might offer.

It would be good to get Scarlet finished off, she had sat in a barn and a field for most of her life up in Scotland having done just over 100,000 miles in her 20 years. She was trailered down to Oxford and into Belsyre Saab where most of the moss was removed along with a sycamore sapling, some hazel nuts in the whale tale were also removed (presumably the work of a Scottish squirrel) and once the battery was connected she started first time!

Since then I have given her a newer interior, a re-spray in Talladega Red, got new decals and the correct emblems for her-it’s just a final service and THAT DÉCOR PANEL away from being finished. I have probably spent way more than she’s worth (around £6000) but original Carlssons are very rare now so I figure she’s worth it, if not now then one day.

Some folks don’t even know what it is and they literally just stop, thinking “What the…?” –This is a problem if they are crossing the road at the time-believe me it has happened they would sooner look than get out of the way, I do love people’s reactions to her – its wonderful!

So that’s the story so far on this one, but if you can help or know of someone that might be able to assist with the décor panel it would be great to hear from them.

Best Regards

Toby – another Saab nut in Oxford (UK)

Press Release (UK): SAAB Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Erik Carlsson’s First RAC Rally Victory


*** Limited edition Saab 9-3 Aero Carlsson on sale now ***

In 1960, Erik ‘Mr Saab’ Carlsson exploded onto the world rally scene. Back then, the 31-year-old Swede was a relative unknown outside his native Scandinavia, but he immediately shook the rallying world by taking his three-cylinder, 750 cc Saab 96 to an emphatic victory in the RAC Rally – the first of a hat-trick of wins.

Erik would go on to win the Monte Carlo rally twice, as well as the Acropolis and San Remo Rallies. Such ‘David and Goliath’ exploits at the wheel of his diminutive Saab 96 against bigger, more powerful cars were the springboard for launching Saab as a global car brand.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that first RAC victory, Saab Great Britain is now offering motorists an exclusive opportunity to purchase one of just 96 limited edition Saab 9-3 Aero Carlsson models.

Powered by a 2.8-litre V6 turbo engine developing 280PS and exceptional torque of 400Nm, the Carlsson limited edition sprints from zero to 60mph in just 6.9 seconds. Equally impressively, 50-70mph acceleration is accomplished in just 6.3 seconds.

The vehicle is distinguished by exterior and interior enhancements including: 19”six-spoke alloy wheels, a sports chassis with rear body levelling, twin exhaust tailpipes, a rear boot lid spoiler, bi-xenon cornering headlights, a titanium-finish front grille and fog light surrounds, and a premium leather sports interior trim (including Nappa leather dashboard! – SW).

It is fitted with Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, complete with an electronic rear limited-slip differential. Drive torque is constantly distributed between the front and rear axles, and between the rear wheels, to ensure optimum grip and stability at all times. It is sophisticated technology Erik would have appreciated, had it been available 50 years ago.

Now 81 years old, Erik remains actively involved as an international ambassador for Saab, attending car launches, dealer and customer events around the world. “I’m very proud to have such a great car named after me,” he said. “Anyone who loves driving and is as passionate about the Saab brand as I am, will be excited about getting behind the wheel of this car.”

Jonathan Nash, Managing Director of Saab GB, said: “Erik Carlsson and the RAC Rally are key elements in Saab’s history and we are delighted to produce this special edition in his honour.

“Its design stays true to Saab’s Scandinavian roots and it includes great features that offer a powerful driving experience. I’m confident these Carlsson editions will be a great success with our customers and I’m sure they won’t be on dealer forecourts for long.”

The limited edition 9-3 Aero Carlsson is available from £26,495.

Saab 9-3 Carlsson Edition for Germany

Now THIS is something grrrrrooovy.
Saab Germany have teamed up with Saab’s official tuning house (and Saabs United sponsor) Hirsch Performance AG, to develop the latest in a long line of Carlsson Edition vehicles.
Below is the press release translated from the original German by Mr G.Oogle.
Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson

  • Special model for the 80th Birthday of the rally legend
  • Modern all-wheel technology and turbo engine with 240 hp

Rüsselsheim. Two victories in the Saab 96 in the legendary Monte Carlo Rally and a hat trick in the RAC Rally in England have made the Swede Erik Carlsson a rally legend. Also known as “Carlsson on the Roof”, the Saab ambassador celebrated his 80th Birthday in March. For the Swedish premium brand, that is reason enough to remember their tradition and sporting successes with a special model – the Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson.
The Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson Saab presents itself as a typical combination of sportiness and safety – with 240hp engine and the ultra-modern four-wheel drive XWD (Cross Wheel Drive) and electronic differential lock ELSD.
Sport-feeling – outside and inside
A doppelflutige exhaust system, a subtle, silver-colored front spoiler, a diffuser on the rear and standard 18-inch wheels give the Erik Carlsson Saab 9-3 a sporty appearance. Optional is a sports exhaust system, a sports suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior continues the sporty-elegant impression: door, cockpit and center console in Carbon Fairings optics contribute to the sporty character and the tactile quality of leather dashboard, hand brake and shifting.
Saab Drive – Power with Responsibility
The heart of the new Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson is the engine developed with Hirsch Performance with the modern four-wheel Saab XWD technology. The two-liter turbo engine makes 240hp and a torque of 350 Newton meters. That makes a sprint from stand to 100 in just 7.3 seconds, top speed is 245 km/h. Despite the impressive performance, the fuel consumption is only 8.2 liters per 100 kilometers.
The modern Saab XWD all-wheel system distributes the torque of the motor depending on the needs continuously between the front and rear axle and ensures optimal grip and stability in all situations.
An important part of the system is the electronically controlled torque distribution (TTD – Torque Transfer Device). The force is distributed between the axles. A valve increases or decreases the hydraulic pressure on the Nasskupplung inside the TTD is activated or deactivated, and so gradually the rear axle. The degree of slip is, how much the rear wheels are driven. The force distribution between the two axles can, in extreme cases, vary by almost 100 percent. The electronic locking differential (ELSD) – also a standard part of the special model – works on the same principle: It distributes the engine driving the rear axle in practice, also with close to 100 percent of the wheel, which has more grip.
The Saab 9-3 is Erik Carlsson as a sports sedan from 42,350 euros, the Sport Combi will cost 43,950 euros.

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