Spyker Cars at the Saab Museum during Saab Festival

There could be as many as three Spykers at the Saab Museum later this week. For now though, two have already arrived and taken pride of place in the Saab Bilmuseum, next to the prototype 900 convertibles.

Fo those of you who haven’t seen one up close yet, the Saab Festival is going to be a great opportunity to get up close and see the incredible workmanship and attention to detail that goes into these cars.

Festival Up!

BEWARE!!!!! Spyker cars taking over Saab Museum!!!!!

First it’s the C8 Double-12 that raced at Le Mans back in 2003.
Now, there’s a black C8 parked out front. It rocked up just an hour or so ago.
I’m sure there’ll be someone from Sweden’s TT news agency there soon, reporting on the takeover of the museum by Spykers (which are probably just running interference for cash raiders emptying Peter and Ola’s coffee money).
OK, I jest. Poorly.
Click to enlarge. And many thanks to Trollhattan local, Stefan L, for the images.
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Dutch Saab Museum – In love with the bulbous nose

You gotta love hard core old-timer Saab fans.
Whilst I wrote a few days ago on the virtues of current Saab cars, anyone with a knowledge and appreciation of Saab’s history will tell you that most of the passionate Saab stories come from the owners – or former owners – of older Saabs.
One such guy runs the oldest Saab Museum in the Netherlands. He’s a former mechanic and dealer, and his story was recently told in Algemeen Dagblad, the Dutch national broadsheet newspaper.
Laurens W was kind enough to translate the article and send it through.
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Dutch Saab Museum.jpegIn love with the ‘bolneus’
Leo Borsboom cherishes the legacy of automobile manufacturer Saab.
Of course he was glad when the purchase of Saab by Dutch Spyker was sealed. But Leo Borsboom got really excited when he heard chief Victor Muller say that Saab should again become an exclusive make and distinguish itself through producing special cars.
“Because the newer models don’t appeal to me,” says the man who in the early nineties opened the first Saab museum in Holland. A modest museum, because Borsboom greets at most about thirty visitors per year. It doesn’t bother the Woerdenaar [inhabitant of the town of Woerden]. “I own the cars mainly because I like them myself”.
Leo Borsboom and Saab have been connected since the sixties. “I left military service and immediately started on my own as a car mechanic. That was in 1968. Even then I drove a Saab. Why? Because it was such a special car. My first Saab was a 96, a two-stroke. You know the characteristic noise.”
Shortly afterwards Borsboom became a Saab dealer. “There was only one of that make in Woerden at the time. The Dutch importer at the time wasn’t much bigger than my later dealership. Nevertheless I could earn a living with it. The margins were good and the competition small. In the area there were only dealers in Utrecht, Leiden and Mijdrecht. That first year I already sold ten cars.”
Borsboom started in an old warehouse. Later it was replaced with a new building with a showroom. That showroom has since been demolished and turned into a housing complex. Borsboom has a house there. He kept the old garage. On the ground floor he tinkers with his ‘fleet’ of cars and the first floor houses Saab Museum ‘D’Oude Bolneus’ [‘The Old Bulbous Nose’].
“That museum has existed since about 1992, but collecting started much earlier. I think in the eighties. One of the Saabs I drive myself I’ve owned since 1975. In the early eighties a customer entered the dealership with a Swedish friend. The friend saw an old Vespa scooter I had. It turned out he collected them. He asked if I wanted to swap it for a Saab 92 from the 50’s.” That Saab is now the jewel in the crown of the museum that houses nine cars. “There’s only one of those in Holland. That year only 700 were produced. This one has chassis number 391.” A few years ago Borsboom, with a friend, disassembled the car, restored it and put it all back together. “A multi-year project, let me tell you.”
New Saab models will not be displayed. “The name says it all, ‘D’Oude Bolneus’. It especially the shape. The older models all have the recognisable bulbous or round nose. That’s what I fell in love with. Take the 9000 series, they were built on a platform that also carried an Alfa and a Fiat! It’s a good thing that Muller wants to make Saab an exclusive make once more because that’s what it once was. My customers were all professionals. A lawyer, a dentist, an accountant, a doctor. Those were the type of people who bought a Saab in those days. The new models miss the cachet of the old Saab. It’s good that that will return.”
Borsboom’s Sonnet drove at the head of the Saab Support Convoy.
Saab Museum ‘D’Oude Bolneus’ is located on the ‘Gedempte Binnnegracht’ on the edge of the centre of Woerden. The collection consists of nine cars, of which six ‘bolneuzen’ and three Sonett II and Sonett III sports cars. “People that saw the Saab Support Convoy on TV may have noticed the Sonett that drove at the head of it. It just so happens that I sold that car just a few weeks ago. I had one surplus,” says museum owner Leo Borsboom.
Anyone who wants advise on the maintenance of an antique Saab can also call on Borsboom. “But myself, I don’t tinker anymore.” The Saab Museum is open all year around by appointment. Anyone who wants to visit the museum can send an email to [email protected]
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Now whilst I don’t agree with the critique of later Saabs (and I know from recent writing that the 9000 has a lot of love around here), you can’t help but listen to the stories from someone who’s seen so much and smile as you do so.
The Spirit of Saab takes many forms.

New Saab 9-5 on show at the Saab Museum this Saturday

I’ve heard from one of my mates in Trollhattan this week, saying that there will be a new Saab 9-5 on display at the Saab Museum this Saturday.
I’m not sure what the occasion is, but if you haven’t seen one up close yet and you live in Trollhattan then you must have been in some serious hibernation then this would be a great opportunity to get up close and personal with Saab’s new toy.
Celebrations at the Saab Museum
Thanks Mats!

Another look at celebrations at the Saab Museum

I received some more photos from yesterday’s celebrations at the Saab Museum, attended by most of the employees at Saab after they were given the afternoon off.
If you want to see a couple of videos from the event, then please click here. Highly recommended.
To the photos then….
These were sent in by Miho and Henrik S and it looks like such a good time was there to be had. The sense of relief and hope for the future is almost palpable.
And that 9-5 and the Spyker do look good together. They don’t quite look like family yet, but definitely firm friends.
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Plenty more photos after the jump…..

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First Trollhattan built Saab Convertible going to the Saab Museum

Here’s a good news story to pass the time as we wait to hear Saab’s fate.

The first ever Saab convertible to be built in Trollhattan was assembled at the factory just under 2 weeks ago. Since then, the car has been undergoing inspections to ensure that the assembly process is working as it should.

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I’m pleased to report that the significance of this vehicle has been recognised, and that this convertible is destined for the Saab Museum.

The vehicle was secured for the museum by Gunnar Brunius, Production Director at the Saab plant in Trollhättan. The movement of the car to the museum was approved by Stephen Taylor, the liquidator appointed by General Motors, which was a fine gesture.

The car will most likely arrive at the museum in the middle of this week.




Spyker infiltrating the Saab Museum?

Upon reeflection, that’s got to be just about the worst headline I’ve ever written. Stupid.
Should have been Djup Strupe: Spyker Arrives at Saab Museum.
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We will need to see some documented evidence on this one – just as a matter of procedure – but the email and the accompanying comment here on the site was very interesting.
Via email, from ‘Swedish Grace’

Was just on the phone with my dad, who had very interesting news! A Spyker car has been delivered to the SAAB museum in Trollhattan!

Grace (not her real name, obviously) tells me her Dad works for Saab in Trollhattan, hence the news coming from him.
You might recall that several important events in the last year have been conducted at the Saab Museum and it’d make sense that an important announcement like this one would take place there, too.
Of course, a nice combination of Saab and Spyker vehicles in the background would be very appropriate.
Bottom line – Can’t confirm, but sounds feasible and sounds good.
Griffin Up!

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