Saab at heart

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All cars, no matter how extreme, need a beating heart. This amazing rat rod from England just happens to have one of the best hearts around – a Saab B204 Turbo.

It’s the brainchild of Urchfab, a custom designer & fabricator from the depths of Somerset, England. With a minimal budget, he set about acquiring suitable components including a 1953 Ford Anglia shell, Vauxhall gearbox, Volvo 240 rear axle and Ford steering gear, as the creator explains “the car is 75% junk parts, a load of steel and a few shiny bits chucked in the mix”. He also made the grill, radiator and intercooler as one complete, bolt on unit to make removing the Saab engine easier when fast access is required.

“Cruising around the countryside on tight British roads is lots of fun driving a powerful Saab rat rod based on a junkyard Ford, but hitting the track with it takes the build to whole new level”.

Ok, so it doesn’t look like a Saab, but we all know it’s a Saab at heart, fantastic.

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Rendevous. A short film for all car lovers

 

This is one for all car lovers, not just Saabs. It’s a short film I was shown a few years ago and fell in love with, just an amazing bit of automotive footage.

It’s called Rendezvous and filmed exclusively through the streets of Paris.

Although there have been endless arguments as to what car was used, you’ll soon know it wasn’t a Saab (just listen). However, that doesn’t stop me wishing I could hop in my 9-3 and blast though the very same route.

Enjoy everybody.

Bond Street Car Service website launched

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I’m delighted to have been able to help my local Saab Service Centre, Bond Street, launch their new website today.

Sadly, at the end of 2012, Bond Street had to cease trading after 24 years of dedication to Saabs. Then at the beginning of 2013, they set themselves up as an Approved Saab Service Centre and will continue to care, service, repair and maintain some of the 188,000 Saabs still in the UK.

It’s been a great privilege to be able to use some of the Saab photography I’ve lovingly taken one the past few years and I’m extremely proud of their new site.

It hasn’t been an easy time for Saab dealers, and to be able to help my local dealer begin a new leg of their journey, still with Saab, is a great honour.

There are areas that still need work and further content, but have a look and let me know what you think bondstreetcarservice.co.uk

Three top marques sitting in a row

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An interesting view in my car park today, a row of three top marques; Saab, BMW and Mercedes, side by side, with nothing to hide, two in a deep carbon grey, and the third in an ice white.

I found it interesting to compare the visual styling and stance of the three cars, and forgetting the age difference, I have to say, the 9-3 just looks exceptionally sharp.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve owned plenty BMW’s & Mercedes, and enjoyed them all, but this is about simple visual appeal, and the Saab wins hands down in my eyes.

A deconstructed Saab 900

So, it all started by fixing the leaky rear window on the convertible, it’s needed doing since we first bought the car, but I’ve been putting it off.

Every time it rains, I find a mini swimming pool in the roof hold, not only that, but the carpets in the boot and footwell had also begun to feel damp. Once I knew the rear window fix had worked, I began to remove things; I wanted to ensure I rid the classic Saab of damp before Winter, except every time I removed something, I found more water.

I removed the boot carpets, the rear seat, the driver and passenger seats, the interior carpets, and the soundproofing below, in effect, deconstructing the 900.

I’m being more thorough than I need, but the Saab deserves it, I’ll dry everything out, and get the carpets cleaned, and whilst the seats or currently residing in our home, I’ll give them a full Gliptone leather treatment too.

I’ve found it a very reassuring excersise, as not only is there absolutely no rust in the boot or footwells, even after 20 years, but I’ve been able to admire the Saab’s construction; no wonder it has earnt the reputation for being well built, It’s like a tank.

Inner beauty as well as outer beauty, aren’t Saab’s fantastic?

How low can your Saab go?

Spotted this fantastically low 9000 Aero over on Stanceworks. I love to see Saabs like this, It’s kind of refreshing.

It’s not a showroom piece by any stretch of the imagination, but that makes it all the more interesting. Someone is not only adding a huge amount of individual style to it, but also helping to keep yet another great Saab on the road.

Wrote a bit more on similar Saabs a while back; the Rat Look, and this 9000 features some of the same characteristics, including mismatching Aero leather interior, badly fitting grille and a good helping of surface rust, all of which create a totally unique style.

I’ll keep searching for low Saabs to showcase, but if anyone owns or spots one, send it in, It’s great to see Saabs from all walks of life.

Couldn’t resist adding this comment I found in the same Stanceworks thread “I Love Saab’s. They are, as said, under appreciated and for the most part driven by enthusiasts and real interesting people”

Are you a serial Saabist?

In the past, I’ve gone away from Saab for a few months, dabbled in other brands; mainly BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Alfa Romeo, but then I return to Saabs.

Those of you who regularly read this site, will know that for the past year, we’ve been an exclusive Saab family, selling my faithful Mercedes Coupe and my wife’s BMW 1 series, and replacing them with 3 gorgeous Saabs.

Recently, I was browsing through my ridiculously large collection of past cars and came across one of my old Saabs – a stunning cosmic blue 9-5 HOT Aero saloon. It literally made me stop and stare, even now, I love its styling, the shape, the lights, the luxuriously comfortable interior – it really is a seriously gorgeous Saab. Then I started to think that maybe we could squeeze another 9-5 Aero into our current collection, I slapped myself, bad idea.

All of this Saab dreaming got me to wondering if others felt the same, see a great Saab picture, and start planning purchase tactics, I just can’t seem to help myself.

Although the current situation isn’t looking good for a new range of Saabs in the future, I really believe we’ll start to see a lot more unique Saabs about. Loving owners will be looking for new parts suppliers to ensure their cars remain immaculate and they’ll be looking for specialists to service, tune and rebuild engines.

All this will lead to great Saabs being available to own, drive and love for a long, long time, and I just can’t seem to help digging around to see what I can find, a serial Saabist maybe.