Can you help? Moving cars around the world (and back again)

One of our regular readers, Sapan, lives in the United States and owns a Saab Turbo X. You’ve seen it before, in a post where we covered how he bought his first Saab 🙂 Sapan has written to me overnight, with the following query. As it’s not a task I’ve previously investigated, I thought I’d open the question up to readers here and see if anyone has had experience with short-term vehicle relocations across oceans. I am going to Europe for a month or so and I wanted to bring my car there to drive. Here are a few factors […]

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Saabosphere – Links we liked this week

There’s a story in Dagens Industri where they ask whether or not Saab will file for bankruptcy. Victor Muller’s answer to that question could be summarised with a “No”. That is, whilst there is still negotiations to be made and a climate that allows them, our people will continue to do everything they can to save this company rather than file for bankruptcy. We’d all prefer some definitive good news right now. As a Saab person, I take the fact that people are still working hard to get an outcome that sees us continue business, as being a good thing. […]

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All aboard! Saabs on Norfolk Island

What to do when it’s time to get your Saab serviced and you live on a small island? Norfolk Island is a self-governing territory, but part of Australia. It’s located approximately 1,500km off the east coast of Australia, in the Pacific Ocean. Did I say small? The island is only 32 sq km in size and has just 80km of roads (the cows get right of way). Apparently this is one of two Saabs on the island, the other being a Saab 9000. I’m not sure if this one’s coming, going, or the reason why, but the message relayed to […]

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Saabosphere – links we liked this week

There have been plenty of Saab stories doing the rounds in the last few days and despite the current climate surrounding the company, the overwhelming majority of them have made for some very pleasant reading. —— I’ve got two Must Read stories for you this week. The first is a quick writeup about Bud Clark on Car and Driver. US Saabers, especially those in California, may be familiar with Bud Clark. Sonett owners and enthusiasts will be familiar with the name, too. If you’re not familiar, consider this your chance to get acquainted. Bud is one Saab person I’ve not […]

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Who’s got the oldest original-owner Saab?

I talked to a wonderful elderly lady here in Australia earlier today and the conversation got me thinking. She has a 1975 Saab 99GL CombiCoupe that she picked up brand new in Gothenburg before eventually bringing the car here to Australia. It’s quite a fascinating story, one that I hope to bring in more detail in a few weeks from now. The story did get me wondering, however…. Who’s got the oldest Saab purchased from new? Who’s got the longest term, one-owner Saab out there that’s still running? There’s a lady in South Australia who can prove she’s the original […]

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How did you end up buying your first Saab, Sapan?

Another first Saab purchase story, sent in by Sapan, a Saab owner from the US….. —— I want to start out my story with the following: I have been thinking about the word passion. Automotive passion that is; how so many people do not go after their passion on a daily basis? I am not sure if there is someone out there who feels the same way I do when I look at my car every morning as I am about to leave for work. It makes me smile, it physically makes me happy every time I hit the gas […]

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How did you end up buying your first Saab, Pierre?

This submission is a response to me sharing my story as to how I acquired my first Saab. It comes from Pierre B, who is not only a guy I consider to be a good friend, but is also the second hardest-working guy I know in the extended Saab family (after VM himself). Pierre is the Service Manager at Charles River Saab in Boston. If you know him, then you’ll know that what I say about his work ethic is true. Many of you submitted your own stories in comments. If you’d like to share it here on the front […]

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A Saab goes to 11, three times, on "Tufnel Day"

Just when you thought the numeric stories for Nigel Tufnel Day were over, another one pops up. This one is courtesy of the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden. One of the members at the STCS forum noted a wonderful coincidence back on Friday, which of course, happened to be 11/11/11. I don’t know if he saw his odometer creeping up to this number in the lead-up to Friday and managed his mileage to get this to happen, or if he just had wonderful presence of mind as the magic moment took place, but this is a very good image capture […]

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How did you end up buying your first Saab?

Something to pass the time…… A story from earlier in the week prompted a few Saab purchase stories from the pre-internet days. Forgetting the internet for a moment, it’s always interesting to hear how people first get into Saabs. I received one such story via email but I haven’t sought permission to share it here as yet. I’ll do that shortly. In the meantime, I thought I’d reminisce a little…… —— The archives of my first Saab website, Trollhattan Saab, are out of action at the moment. If they were operating, you’d be able to read about my first Saab […]

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Saabosphere – links we like this week

I have a feeling that next week, we’re going to be liking a lot of links from Ohio! For this week, however, here’s a quick run down of some key Saaby stories on the web. —— Life with Saab has what I think is a good outsider analysis of what’s expected to be happening today at Saab. I wish there were more to give, but ‘radio silence’ is the buzzword right now and as always, I’m a good soldier. —— There is some news buzz floating around the web about salaries at Saab. I can pass on that money has […]

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