Call yourself hardcore? Not your average Saab collectors

This is Sibylla Gustafsson……
This is Sibylla with her partner, Lars Björk, and their 1961 Saab 96 stopping for coffee…..
They look quite the quaint couple, wouldn’t you agree? They don’t look like your average gearheads or car collectors.
And yet these two are possibly one of the most hardcore collecting couples I’ve seen in 5 years of Saab blogging.
Sibylla admits becoming somewhat partial to Saabs when her father brought home their family’s first Saab many years ago and she got her own first Saab at age 16. Yes, she is the driving force behind this Saab collection, which is quite a formidable one.
In short, they own nine Saabs, ranging from a 1959 Saab 93 to a 1998 Saab 9000. The 9000 is Lars’ daily driver and Sibylla gets around in a much rarer Saab 90 from 1985. They also own two Saabo caravans, a shed full of spare parts and other collectibles – as well as somewhere north of 500 Saab and Scania scale models…..
Personally, I think they should open a museum.
I’ve seen some serious hardcore Saab owners in my time writing this blog, but I’m not sure I’ve seen too many collections of cars, both real and in scale, that can rival this one.
If you’re blessed with the ability to read Swedish, then you can check them out here. There’s also a brilliant slideshow featuring heaps more photos.
This is some of Saab’s real heart on show here.
My thanks to Fredrik for the link. Magnificent.

The slightly darker side of Saab’s reorganisation

Hi Steven,
Please pardon my intrusion – I’ve been a follower of your blog for quite a spell. As a fellow SAAB enthusiast, I felt it my duty to tell you what’s coming: We’re all left out in the cold.
My single local dealership here in the dusty state of Nevada, (Findlay Cadillac is in Henderson, NV, which is further away from me than Phoenix!), Allison Group, is no longer authorized for warranty repairs.
My 2008 9-5 with less than 4,000 miles on it now has to go 120 miles away just to get warrantied repairs and oil changes.
I spoke with a gentleman who was manning the Saturday shift at Allison, and his answer was “It was just as big of a shock to us; we had no warning – and as you see, we haven’t even removed any of the brochures.”
I spoke with a “Shaneel” on GM’s warranty telephone service who stated that if I took it to Allison for a diagnostic if I had issues, they would not use that assessment, and I’d still have to drive to Roseville (Sacramento) if I wanted any service.
They wouldn’t even use any assessment by Allison to look at my obviously-defective paint job (clearcoat is flaking off despite immaculate care, and there are some really ugly overspray blobs).
Of course, if the car was entirely undrivable, GM said they’d tow it under warranty.
GM’s left myself, and my dealership with less support than I had with my decade old Ford which retailed for less than HALF the cost of my SAAB, and I am not pleased in the slightest.
Thanks for listening,
Shawn H

This is part of the challenge facing a reorganised Saab in the future. Whilst the GM dealerships may not have always offered great service for Saabs (though many did), at least they were accessible if you had a problem.
Many of us live in places that are populated enough to have a Saab dealership relatively close by in the last 10 years. That’s probably going to change a little in the near term.
I wish I had a solution or some hopeful words for you, Shawn. Unforuntately, I don’t have such words at hand, and my contacts at SaabUSA have all been laid off by GM so there’s not even someone there I can ask.
Perhaps someone from SaabUSA is reading this and would like to initiate contact?
Until then, take what I imagine would be Danni’s advice and enjoy the drive.

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