The best SAAB stories are easy to tell. If Sweden doesn’t give us any new cars, then we’ll just build them ourselves. That’s the way the SAAB 9000 SportCombi project in winter 2014/15. A SAAB that had never seen the light of day before, but is celebrating its premiere today in Kiel and on the Blog.
Saab premieres have unfortunately become rare given the scarce Swedish output. You could accept this and just focus on what is still out there on the streets. Or, in the ultimate SAAB spirit, you could actually decide to build cars yourself.
Logically, we have chosen the latter, the more challenging way. Everything else would only disappoint our readers and the community. There is already enough boredom in the world, so we shall build a SAAB! For actions like this, the right environment is required: positive SAAB-infected people for example. Some of them live – as we know – in Kiel, providing the cornerstone for this challenge. Then you take some courage, add a pinch of insanity and the SAAB 9000 SC project is born!
The idea for the SAAB 9000 SportCombi came from Markus Lafrentz, the moral support for seeing the project through came from this Blog. The task: to build a real SAAB.
Transplanting the back of a Lancia onto a 9000 had already been done by others. Kids stuff! An exercise resulting in a hybrid of different worlds. Nothing really makes sense. Anyone who ever compared the chassis of the SAAB 9000 with the Lancia will have seen that these vehicles have nothing in common apart from identical dimensions. SAAB security thinking and Italian lightweight don’t really go hand in hand. This is where life philosophies collide.
We opted for safety, “Made by Trollhättan”.
The way to the SAAB 9000 SC, a large station wagon with the rear of the SAAB 9000 CS, is ambitious. A challenge that you must master. What might the 9000 SC have looked like, if it had rolled off the Swedish production line in 1993? The tail gate, a piece of SAAB DNA from the 9000 to the 900 II up to the last 2012 SAAB 9-5 SportCombi, how we can integrate them?
The operation resulted in an amazing result. The project that was started in the winter with just an idea has become a real SAAB. It could in fact have rolled off the assembly line in the 1990s. And when it turns out that –completely unexpectedly- the load compartment cover of the SAAB 9-5 actually fits in our 9000 SC then I would argue that the surgery was successful.
Today is the premiere in Kiel. A statement for SAAB, the spirit and vitality of the brand. A 9000 Aero became a 9000 SC. An Italian cousin donated the roof and the Alcantara liner, the rear and side windows are also from the South. The rest is individually made, or from Trollhättan, Sweden, like the original lining of the luggage compartment.
This now newly born SportCombi will accompany us to Sweden to the Saabfestival. Of course I have already driven it too – it is really fun! The test report and more information about 9000 SC project will appear on this Blog after the Festival. It should not stay with a SAAB 9000 SC only. There are already requests for more transformations. More dreams could appear on the road. SAAB, is what we make of it.