Afterlife Saab?

Ummm. Feels a little strange writing this given recent events, but a Saab is a Saab, even when it’s a hearse…..
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I’m not sure where this one is operating, but Tony R sent in the photo and it looks well finished.
I’ve just heard from Tony again (with an extra pic) and he’s told me that the hearse will be working in the Trollhattan area. Maybe they can take all the GM handbooks from the Saab offices to the dump in the back!!
Previous Saab extended vehicle sightings have been either C900s or the odd 9-5, so a recent model 9-3 being used in this way is certainly novel.
And whilst we’re on the broad topic of deceased things……
Are Saab doing a Raccoon test now to compliment the moose test????

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Monday Morning Snippets – FM, Troll Racing and how to turn a gun into a Saab ute!

I normally don’t like Mondays that much, but today I’m feeling quite optimistic about the week ahead. I don’t know why, but I have music in my head, a smile on my face and I’m feeling good.
Better make the most of it…..
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The “FM” in the headline relates not to corny DJ’s and adult-oriented soft rock music, but the looming prospect of “Fiat Motors”.
Reluctant to learn from the General’s experience, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne seems to want to add Opel, Vauxhall and maybe even Saab to his current juggling act of Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Chrysler and Dodge (and then there’s Fiat’s commercial and industrial activities).
The board have come out and stated the following:

Fiat “would evaluate several corporate structures, including the potential spin off of Fiat Group Automobiles and the subsequent listing of a new company which combines those activities with the activities of General Motors Europe”

The big question is whether or not Saab would be included in any negotiations on this topic. Saab’s current carve-out activities would indicate a “No” on that one, but various news services are talking as if Saab would be included.
My call with Eric Geers that had to be delayed late last week should happen some time this week. You can bet that’ll be one of the first questions.
Stay tuned.
And for the record, I think would be a disaster waiting to happen. As much as I love both Saab and Alfa, I wouldn’t want them together like this. Not in a million years.
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The title of this photo from Flickr is Illegal streetrace in Trollhättan, Sweden. The accompanying caption on the photo says Opel Speedster with a Saab engine shooting flames.
Noting the Trollspeed sticker on the wing, I’d believe it, too! Trollspeed are a performance engine building company on the outskirts of Trollhattan and have done a lot of work for Per Eklund and others in the past.
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Hey Eggs!!
Forget that 900 Convertible you’re looking for. I got your next car right here, mate!
For sale via Craigslist is this Saab 96 converted over to being a utility vehicle. It’s fair to say it needs a little TLC, but it does come with a spare engine, a restored and treated gas tank, four snow tires on wheels and an original workshop manual.
What’s more, it’s only $500, but the owner will consider a trade for – and I quote – “guns, tires, whatever…….. “
Somebody get on this, stat!!!
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My thanks to Taylor for the link.
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Finally, another shot from Flickr.
The photo’s by a guy named Daniel and the caption reads One of my first pictures with my new camera 🙂
Daniel, keep on shooting!!
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Absolutely magnificent.
I’ve actually featured some of Daniel’s work here before and you can see a whole lot more of his work here.

Hot or not? Custom Saab graphic….

These sorts of cars are definitely an acquired taste. I’d never do a big graphics job on a car myself, but there are some that are done really well and there are some that aren’t.
For the most part, I think this car falls into the first category. There are some Saabs I’ve seen with graphics on them that look absolutely terrible, but this isn’t one. Not by a long shot. But there’s part of it I’m not sure about.
As mentioned, I think parts of this are really good, and there’s a bit that isn’t so good. But like just about all custom Saabs, I’ve got nothing but respect for the dedication that the owner’s put into this one.
Here are the graphics. Click to enlarge:
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Our owner is apparently a Romanian guy and as you can see, the car is fairly new. I’m not sure if he’ll be reading this or not, so if you don’t like it (and I know some won’t), please keep your comments respectful, like you would if you were standing next to him looking over the car.
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And next you’ll see the bit that I’m not so sure about…..

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What’s everyone got against scissor doors, anyway?

And now for something completely different…..
A headline over at Autoblog today screams Oh, No they didn’t!! in reference to a company offering a vertical door kit for the Nissan GT-R.
Which led me to wonder – why?
Why would their first reaction be “Oh No!” rather than considering it a reasonable modification to what is undoubtedly a rather exotic car?
I might be in the minority here, but I quite like scissor doors. Sure, they might be expensive, heavy and overly complex, but they overcome one of my main pet peeves – having to grab your door in a carpark before it hits the car next to you. I’m always worrying like crazy about hitting other cars in carparks with my doors, mainly because the doors on the Monte (and other 3-door Saabs) are so big and heavy.
I’d never expect Saab to do a car with scissor doors, but I wouldn’t mind if they did. Maybe if they made the Aero-X or a modern interpretation of it in a few years from now they could incorporate scissor doors into the design instead of the ingenious but never-to-be-driven-in-the-rain canopy from the original car.
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Yes, that’s a five door, and yes (as Gripen pointed out on the original post where this car was featured) it appears that opening the doors means that you can’t fully open the hood. I’d expect Saab to do better, though.
When you think of it, it’s actually a fairly Saaby idea, sort of…….if you squint hard enough.
Ease of access, lack of damage potential. Perhaps they’re a bit too flashy, but still……
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Unique Saab 96 for sale

OK, so we’re getting a number of special Saabs up for sale at the moment….. and the curiosity factor is off the scale with this one!
Again, it’s on Sweden’s auction/sales site, Blocket.se
The description reads as follows:

  • totally rare Saab 96, a one off sportcoupe, early 1970, with the attractive high power sport engine and equipment, two stroke,
  • now restored and runs well, ready to drive away
  • more pictures available
  • no money-no calls!

Here’s the car:
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Long nose? Short back?
How did this happen?
The car is selling for SEK87,000, which equates to around US$10,000
Here’s the car again with a regular Saab 96 for comparison. Suggestions as to how this was done are welcome.
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Thanks Jacco!

Why Saab and Volvo won’t merge….

I can’t remember the site where I saw this, but I immediately threw up and then downloaded it for a rainy day.
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Actually, there is something appealing about the elongated body, but that mid section is more messed up than Britney Spears.
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And whilst I’m dealing with strange things, here’s something Robin M sent through from a past issue of Saab Scene magazine, in the UK:
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Ay Carumba!!!

Monte Carlo carbon fibre dash installation

Yesterday saw me drive my Saab 9-3 Monte Carlo up to Drew B’s place for some work to install the carbon fibre dash panel I bought recently.
The carbon fibre kit is basically a stick-on overlay, but it wasn’t as simple as that (is it ever?)
The Monte Carlo came standard with a woodgrain dash and it would have been a shame to let that go to waste. As Drew is fixing up a Saab 9-3 for his mother to drive, we thought it’d be good to swap the plain instrument plate out of that car for the woodgrain plate in mine.
Here’s the Monte Carlo’s original dash – it’s nice, but I don’t think it really suits the sporting nature that I like to ascribe to the car.
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This is the carbon fibre dash in various stages of installation. I’ll do a complete post on the process of removing and reinstalling the instrument plate soon.
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I use the term instrument plate rather than dashboard as that’s the term Saab use in the workshop guide. The dashboard is the whole enchilada, whereas the instrument plate is what you see being covered with carbon fibre in these images.
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My final conundrum is what to do with the rest of the kit. I have carbon fibre panels for the entire lower section (HVAC, etc) and center console, right up past the window switches.
If I want to put the full kit on then I need to get a tape deck to replace the CD player you see here, because the kit is made up for a car with a tape deck.
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The people who sold this to me said they used to charge Saab Australia $800 to fit these. It must have been as an aftermarket accessory as this definitely isn’t up to the same standard of fit and finish as my factory Viggen carbon fibre.
Still, it’s a pretty good likeness and I’m very happy with the end result. For just $50, who wouldn’t be?
My thanks to Drew B for the outstallation and installation work. As mentioned, more photos of the whole process will be coming soon.

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