As the year comes to an end, the 9-5SC2012.com team would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2018! The year 2017 was marked by quite a few important events and milestones for the Saab 9-5NG SportCombi community…
Technically called the Saab Car Museum Festival 2017, but this event that typically takes place every second year in Trollhättan, Sweden is the world’s largest gathering of Saabs. Also this year, over 1,000 cars were on display around the museum grounds and among them a growing number of 9-5NG SportCombis.
A new Saab 9-5NG SportCombi
So the number of SportCombis has actually grown this year….sadly not because of the fact that the factory in Trollhättan produced new ones, but as a result of some really hard work by two Swedish Saab enthusiasts and their support team.
SportCombi number 22 had been in storage for nearly four years before it got sold again to a new owner in Sweden. Following a quick appearance at the Saabfestival, the car went to Germany to go through the EU individual approval process. Shortly after returning home, the car now also is proudly carrying Swedish license plates and became the 5th 9-5NG SportCombi that is road-legal in the country.
The production report
Another major milestone this year was the release of the Saab 9-5NG Production Report. This was a massive undertaking initiated by Saab enthusiast Henrik Zaar and the first comprehensive overview of the production details of the last generation Saab 9-5. The first edition of the report contained quite a few previously unknown details and gathered enormous intrest from the worldwide Saab community.
“The world’s most expensive Saab”
Saab 9-5NG SportCombis participated in several rallys and events around Europe (e.g. Saab Lake Run Siljan and the Essen Motor Show), but one actually created media headlines: number 21. This car -the only known one with a V6 2.8t engine- was put up for sale by its German owner for 75,000 EUR and was sold to a Swedish Saab enthusiast. The car is currently back in Sweden and has already been approved for traffic, turning the number of road-legal SportCombis over here to six(!).
So what’s in store for 2018?
Great question! We don’t have a crystal ball, so who knows?
But… what we do know is that an updated version of the Saab 9-5NG Production Report is scheduled to come out. In fact, a similar report for the Saab 9-4X is also in the making and the release date for it is planned for…-you’ve guessed it-…the 9th of April!
There will undoubtedly be numerous Saab events again, but we do want to highlight this one: on the agenda for 8-9 June is the “Pilots Wanted 2018” Saab 9-5NG event organized for the 3rd time by Autohaus Lafrentz in Kiel, Germany.
We want to thank you all for your continued support for the site and our Facebook page. It’s great to see the passion for the Saab cars brand and for the 9-5NG SportCombi model in particular! We do want to hear from you, so keep sending your pictures, videos, comments and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous 2018 and for anyone who wants to have the new year even more in SportCombi-style…be sure to order the 2018 Calendar…