Tuesday Night Snippets – Righteous and the wicked

….. and I don’t mean ‘wicked’, as in ‘cool’

Posting is light as I’m tied up during the day at the moment. Added to that, tonight is one of the busier evenings in my vocational life so it’ll be light tonight, too.

But here’s a few tidbits to get you started.

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RIGHTEOUS

I’ve always wanted to do this with some Saab chairs….

Saab Chairs

These are Saab 9000 seats, built into office-worthy chairs by Henrik B – and they’re for sale.

More of people doing strange things with Saab bits below….

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WICKED

GM, who we all figured were evil to some extent anyway, have brought down a PR disaster on their own heads.

They have admitted that the Chevy Volt, from which they’ve been harvesting massive fields of shiny, fluffy, smiley green credits in the public mind, is actually connected between the engine and the wheels.

We’ve all been told for the last three years that the Volt is a fully electric vehicle with an internal combustion engine providing charge for the batteries when they start to get low. Now it’s been revealed that at certain levels of depleted battery charge and vehicle speed, the engine assists by providing torque to the wheels.

Deceptive, and inherently wrong.

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WICKED

Google are being wicked because they’re testing cars that completely remove the driver from the task of driving. Yes, cars driving themselves and on public roads, at speed.

What’s worse is that they’re succeeding – a radio report here in Australia today stated the only accident reported so far is another car hitting the Googlemobile due to inattention.

This is the ultimate in automotive evil.

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RIGHTEOUS

Kangaroos trying to cross the road at Bathurst…….. once again this year, Skippy made an appearance at Australia’s biggest race.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz2oAgoEE8Y

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RIGHTEOUS

The Local, Sweden’s news in English, has got into the car review business, with a very complimentary review of the Saab 9-5.

Success for the new Saab 9-5 range seems assured. Beautifully designed and built to standards befitting a premium brand, I feel that like me, the company’s loyal customers will struggle to find much to criticise in what is arguably Saab’s most important new model ever.

Much more where that came from at the link above. It really is a cracker of a car.

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WICKED

Honda are promoting their updated Civic – featuring Brown!!

2011-Honda-Civic-UK

Not as cool as our brown, I’m afraid.

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RIGHTEOUS

Saab sold 5 cars in Bulgaria last month.

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WICKED

Aston Martin are truly wicked for pressing ahead with the Cygnet. A more nauseating badge-vehicle combination you will rarely find.

I can’t even show the picture here.

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RIGHTEOUS

OK, more people doing fun things with bits of Saabs.

Via Flickr – the Saab grille 🙂

Saab Grille

Mellberg one-off Saab for sale (again)

It was for sale in Sweden on Blocket.se last year….

And it’s back up for sale again. This time in Sweden once again, but from a website based in Germany.

Not much is known about this car. It was built by a custom Saab builder named Leif Mellberg, back when print media was king. The car featured in an edition of Bilsport magazine, but we don’t know much more than that.

The asking price in 2009 was around 47,000 Euros and it’s holding it’s value because the new owner is asking 49,000 Euros.

Thanks Ricardo!

Saab/Volvo hybrid for sale

Yet another somewhat strange, custom Saab is up for sale, this time on the Swedish online trading site, Blocket.

Saab 3axle

From the Googletrans, it appears that a limited number of these were made by a custom car builder named Wilman Coachwork, in Sweden.

The car is a Saab 900 at the front and a Volvo 850 at the rear, with two V70 rear axles.

Saab 3axle

The owner’s looking for a reasonably hefty price at 150,000 crowns, but this is a unique vehicle in what looks to be tip-top condition. The owner also seems to be open to trading a wide variety of vehicles in exchange or as part-payment….

BMW, MB, Volvo, Saab Turbo, XC90, V70, X5, M3, M5, passenger car, the Mercedes Sprinter Maxi or roughly equivalent, Cross Bus. Large end motorhomes in really good condition, SUVs, jet ski or jet ski Runabout, a smaller boat with motor, newer sliders, moto cross or enduro machine preferably 4 stroke, not older than 2007, sport bike, custom bike model more like HD, Shadow, Midnight Star or the like even more exclusive defective items. Do you have other suggestions so do not be shy, but came with them.

If you’ve got something you think might be able to get it done, get in touch.

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Thanks Carl S!

Tuesday Snippets – Farago edition

The Saab/BMW news is all over the interwebs and it’s all been positive (aside from TTAC, see below).

We’ll have to wait for the press conference to see what the actual agreement brings to the table. Will it be more than architecture and/or diesel engines? I don’t know.

But personally speaking, I think it’s going to be absolutely fantastic, both for the expansion of the vehicle range and the perception of Saab in the marketplace. I’m pretty amazed at some of the reasons put forth in comments for reservation about this potential deal. The idea that this deal could ‘turn Saabs into BMWs’ is just really shortsighted and doesn’t give Saab’s excellent engineers any credit IMHO. Hang your reservations at the doors, people, and see what happens.

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Our mate Rune has been to meet his new ride…..

Rune Saab 9-5

…..unfortunately there’s some problems with the road and registration authorities at the moment so Rune’s plates haven’t arrived yet. Agonising!

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I never thought I’d ask for Robert Farago to be reinstalled at The Truth About Cars, but it seems the inmates are now running the asylum. Farago was grumpy and critical, but at least he was predictable. This guy’s just freaking nuts!

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Another ‘different’ Saab is for sale over at Saabnet…..

Stretch Saab 900

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And then there’s this….. pre-production, and a sequel to the rear shot shown yesterday…. click.

Saab 9-4x front

Looking absolutely fantastic!

Saab 900 ‘Safari’ Wagon – now for sale

It seems there’s a number of unique Saabs selling at the moment.

The current owner of this ultra-rare Saab 900 ‘Safari’ has only had it for a few months, but some plans to emigrate away from Holland mean that it’s now up for sale (again).

As seen at the Saab Festival in July 2010….

And as featured when the Saab 900 Wagon was purchased a month or so before….

Saab 900 wagon trailer

Here’s the ad for the sale of the vehicle (in English)

Specs:
– 76,000 KMS
– MY1981 (yes, facelift is done by previous owner)
– H-engine 73 KW / 4-speed transmission
– Leather interior, brown and in pefect condition.
– Central locking with RC / interval on ws.wipers.
– Power steering
– Aftermarket sunroof
– Saab towbar
– New -> tires,battery,fuelpump,r.door pistons,75k service
– Dutch MOT

The asking price might make you whistle, but then this is a one-of-very-few custom job

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