Ryan and Caroline's cross-US journey in a Saab 900 Convertible continues…

Last week I shared a fantastic story from a couple of Saab fans, Ryan and Caroline F. Right now, they’re driving across the United States from LA to their home in Boston, in their new-to-them 1994 Saab 900 Convertible. I guess you could say they’re ticking off two dreams in the one trip: ownership of a classic Saab convertible and driving it from sea to shining sea.

I got an update from Ryan last night. They had a great time picking up the car in LA. Going on a trip like this in a car you’re unfamiliar with is a little daunting, so they had Walter Wong from Right Solution Inc – the most prominent independent Saab technician in California – go over the car with a fine-toothed comb.

Ryan in Right Solution’s racing Saab 9000 – the Saabrero. That’s Walter Wong on the right – a great guy who I had the pleasure of meeting back in 2008.

Here is Ryan’s update on the first half of the journey, and there’s a wonderful collection of photos below……


I couldn’t imagine a better car in which to see these amazing views through the country. We’ve gone through a lot of miles, through open or winding roads, and the entire way this car puts a smile on your face. Having the top down just makes you feel so connected with the landscape and lets you soak in the views surrounding you. The car’s been running smooth all the way and having the ability to put the top down also makes unloading/loading at camp sites even easier!

We certainly got a lot of looks in traffic on the way out of LA, and I’m sure the Massachusetts license plates also drummed up some curiosity as we saw people peering over as they passed by.

Our first stop was in Zion National Park and we ended up in a campsite immediately next to a 9-3 Sportcombi. Caroline and I ran into one of the campers from the group and then met the other two shortly afterwards. Christine, Katie and Lindsay are three friends who are driving around the country for a month! Their chariot is a Saab 9-3 Sportcombi (a parental loaner) outfitted with a Thule roof box for extra carrying capacity. It sounded like they’re having quite the trip and have been making a large loop around the country’s National Parks and are now making their way back to New Jersey. And, of course, they’re enjoying the Saab! They were also quite the troopers to wake up at the crack of dawn for the photo op before we both went our separate ways.

We’re looking forward to hitting the road again tomorrow: off to St. Louis, Columbus and Niagara Falls over the next few days before finally arriving back in Boston on Saturday. We look forward to seeing other Saabs on the road- we’ve seen a lot of friendly waves from other Saabers along the way – keep an eye out for the Massachusetts license plates headed east! We already have a lunch stop planned to meet a fellow Turbo X owner around the Cleveland area on the 22nd 🙂

Thanks to all in the community for all the kind words in the comments. We couldn’t have shared this trip without the resources made available by Swade and the encouragement of the rest of the Saab community, so the least I can do in return is provide these pretty pictures, right?

Click the photos to enlarge…..

Our Saab friends at Zion National Park (Christine, Katie and Lindsay)

Leaving Zion National Park

By the Grand Canyon

Caroline + Saab at the Grand Canyon

Ryan + Saab at the Grand Canyon

Before entering Monument Valley

After a storm in Monument Valley (the first time on the trip with the top up, we stopped after the storm to put it back down and saw that behind us)

View from on top of Mesa Verde

Leaving Mesa Verde

Entering the Great Sand Dunes

After setting up the tent at the Great Sand Dunes, tallest sand dunes in North America

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  1. Wow. Great pics. Would be great ad pictures with a 2012 9.3 vert standing close to the oldie…

    1. I was hoping I’d have my Independence Edition 9-3 to park next to Ryan & Caroline’s new convertible for a photo op at the upcomming Swedish Car Day – but the production “hiccp” means that will have to wait.

  2. Wow! I just realized they’ll be passing just 8 miles north of my house on I-90 at Route 44 in Ohio. Until I read Columbus and Niagara Falls I hadn’t realized how close they’re coming. Too bad there aren’t any significant attractions in the area for them to be stopping at.

    1. We definitely stop for Saabs! We’re actually stopping about 10 minutes away from I-90/44 for lunch with another Saaber on Som Center Road in Mayfield. Drop by for lunch, Alladin’s at noon.

      1. Don’t want to crash your lunch, and I’m awkward in groups anyway, but I’ll try and be there before noon to greet you and wish you well on your journey. And maybe grab a photo. 🙂

  3. Stunning photos of a special car. Walter has done a cracking job there and someone has a pretty good eye for impressive photographic backdrops to show it off.

    Caroline & Ryan,
    I wish you well for the remainder of your trip which I suspect is going to generate memories long after the driving is done.

    1. Not sure they’d be inclined to anyway, Jase.  Ryan seems to be an accumulator of Saabs.  I think this is his 3rd or 4th and I’m pretty sure they’re all black.

    1. Would rather keep things on topic, but seeing you asked…..

      That story is based on fact – the press release is here – though the author is incorrect in stating that a future 9-6 would be a resurrection of the previously abandoned 9-6 project (the Tribeca based vehicle).  That’s absolutely untrue.

      1. Oh this is amazing news! I was out of contact with the world for a few days when that article was posted, so I completely missed it. Thanks for the reply though! This makes me so happy now. I can’t wait for the 9-1!!!! =D

  4. WOW! I looks like a great trip. It’s really inspiring to see a older Saab going the distance!  I have always wanted to do a cross country trip in my 9-3 hatch.  Enjoy your great classic Saab and keep the pictures coming!

  5. thanks for the great photos.  The car looks terrific.  I love the photo of you and Walter. You sure picked the right guy to check the car out.  Have a safe fun trip!