Springtime – the older Saabs come out to play

It’s Spring in the northern hemisphere which means all those garaged Saabs are coming out to grab a few months in the sun. And what a welcome pleasure it must be!!
Long-time friend of SU and my fellow Detroit Auto Show correspondent, Greg Abbott, recently got his Cardinal Red 1978 Saab 99 Turbo out for a spring clean and wax and I’ve got to say, the results make me long for my short-lived ownership of a 99T in the same spec a few years ago.
This looks like a shot taken in the middle of the waxing process:
And here’s a shot of the finished product – absolutely magnificent. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here and now: the 99T, with it’s shorter nose and aggressive look is the most balanced Saab shape there’s ever been. I love it.
Greg, you may disagree and consider your 9-5 Aero or your 900 convertible to be more likely contenders, but judging from this brief perspective, I’d say your 99T would be the best looking and most individual car on your street!
Is it just me, or is the #1 badge ever stuck on an automobile?
If you can think of a better looking badge than the 99’s TURBO badge, please let me know in comments. The only possible equal I can think of is the Viggen badge.
It’s great to see old timers, especially rare old timers like this one, getting their day in the sun.
Thanks for the images, Greg!!

May is the month of Saab engine detailing love!

We haven’t had a month of Saab loving for a while. In fact, those who have only come to this blog in the last few years wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. It’s been that long.
The month of Saab loving is where I pick a specific model car and owners of that model get to send in pictures of their car and tell us why it’s so good.
It’s easy to live with these cars day-to-day and let their quality, versatility and inbuilt fun-factor slip under the radar. It’s a great way of flying the flag and telling the real stories of Saab ownership – straight from real Saab owners – without all the usual journalistic jibber jabber you get in car reviews.
This month, rather then kick off with a specific model, I’d like to show off a few people’s efforts to really set their pride and joy apart from the rest.

There is a prize! See details at the tail end of this entry to see how you can send in your photos and the groovy, out-of-print Saab book you can win for doing so.

Engine dressing is really popular amongst the show car crowd and it’s probably one of the things that regular car owners don’t get around to. It’s one of those things that only some people try and it tends to be something that’s done after everything else is sorted.
The results can be really entertaining, however. From the highly customised and detailed engine bays to the understated efforts that might otherwise fly under the radar, I’d like to give people’s efforts the chance to be appreciated by a wider audience by showing them off here at SU.
To get you in the mood, here are a few I saw when I was in Trollhattan back in 2007 (Tim, Johanna, Rickard and Robin, I’ve left yours out deliberately so you can send in some better shots as entries)
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Here’s a 9-3 Viggen engine that’s received some Lightning Blue color coding:

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