Always love hearing about unusual Saabs from around the globe, especially ones that don’t conform.
A few years ago I featured some RAT Look Saabs, a style not often associated with or applied to Saabs for some reason. These aren’t pristine, Concours cars, or in contrast to popular belief, not badly maintained either. It’s a style that has to be considered and designed, the base car often better and faster than most everyday cars.
I received a great email from P in the Netherlands recently, he’s currently turning his ’96 trackday 9-3 into a RAT Look Saab. It features Independence rims clad in Toyo intermediate rubber, sitting on Koni / Eibach lowered suspension. TD04 turbo, forge dump valve, sport downpipes, upgraded front brakes, strut bar and is running stage 3 to around 250hp, whilst the interior features a set of Porsche race seats. Oh, and it’s covered some 250,000 kilometres throughout it’s exciting life.
It also features a rare Saab bike lift to keep P’s Ridley road bike safe, and perfectly finishes off this RAT Look Saab.
I couldn’t help myself, there’s something very anti establishment about the Rat Look, which in a way is very Saab. I’ll hear screams of protest, but this is for a bit of fun, and when you really think about it, we’ll do anything to keep our Saabs on the road, Rat Look is just an extension of that.
Whilst some Saabs have been pimped with lots of love to create just the right ‘look’ others have endured a lifetime of wear and tear for their patina. All truly honour the Rat Look, and I thought they should be represented on any self respecting Saab blog.
Originating way back in the early 1900’s, RAT stands for Recycled Automotive Transport, it’s really about keeping a car on the road no matter what, and with as little cash as possible, sometimes borrowing parts from other cars and with a serious ‘make do’ attitude. Of course, the look has progressed, but anything goes basically, the more homemade, the better.
To me, it’s just another form of creating individuality, and if it keeps some of the old Saabs on the road, then I’m cool with that.
If your Saab is featured, I hope you don’t mind me showcasing it – spread the Saab love I say.