Saabs from around the World

A Saab that had been in the forest for 10 years and is now back on the road

One of the Saab fans from Kentucky (U.S.A.) is Ben Choiniere, a really nice guy who is extremely passionate about Saab and is a big fan of the Saab 99 Turbo, the first family car with a turbocharger. Ben sniffed out one of these fine old cars, which had only 40 000 km on the clock, in the North Carolina forests.

For ten years the car had sat wedged between two trees. The original owner had sold it to a teammate in Carolina’s SCCA club that wanted to renovate it and start racing with the car again. However, it wouldn’t start. Without even having seen the car, Ben bought it and had it transported to Rhode Island.

The car didn’t have any rust on the undercarriage which is absolutely incredible,” he explained. Otherwise there was a little rust here and there where moisture has lain for too long. The characteristic spoiler was cracked and the dashboard was gone. And there were ants everywhere! The exhaust pipe and all the head rests were also missing. However, the disco-inspired velour covering of the seats was still in place. I figured if I could get rid of those ants and fix new parts then I would have a really nice car – almost like the original.

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Saab 99 Turbo USA

Ben, who worked in New York for years, had tired of life in the city and wanted to do something completely different. Saab became his salvation.

Yes, that’s how it was. I lost myself in the paint mist, brake fluids and brake work. I went around like a madman in the New England area, looking around in barns for spare parts. After a while I was able to drive the car. What a feeling!”

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The first convention he drove the car to was the North American Saab Owners Convention in Oregon in 2014. Things didn’t go quite as planned. It was 4 800 km from home in Providence, Rhode Island to Richmond, Oregon – a serious trip. After setting off, the charging light started flashing early and he had to return home.

The next day he took the generator to a workshop and a rectifier was burnt out. After a quick change, he was on the road again. When he finally got to Oregon, he won first prize in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and met ‘Mr. Saab’ Erik Carlsson, who liked the car a lot and signed the instrument panel, a wonderful recognition of a real legend. Source: United States of Saab

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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