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SAAB Héritage: A Legacy of Excellence and the Exclusive SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype

Unveiling the SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype: A Testament to SAAB's Enduring Legacy

Exquisite SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype: A Rare Masterpiece Restored by SAAB Héritage

Despite the cessation of SAAB’s production over a decade ago, its legacy continues to thrive, thanks in large part to dedicated enthusiasts and specialists like the team at SAAB Héritage.

This French auto house has become a sanctuary for SAAB aficionados, preserving and restoring these iconic vehicles to their former glory. Today, we shine a spotlight on their latest offering: the unique SAAB 9000 2.3 Turbo Aero like Ecosport Prototype. This exceptional vehicle, once the car of SAAB’s technical director, Stig Göran Larsson, is now available for sale.

The Exclusive SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype

A Rare Gem in Automotive History

The SAAB 9000 2.3 Turbo Aero like Ecosport Prototype is not just a car; it’s a piece of automotive history. This vehicle is particularly special because it was the personal car of Stig Göran Larsson, the technical director of SAAB Automobile AB. Adding to its exclusivity, it is the only 9000 Aero in this specific test color, the same hue used for the 9000 Ecosport prototype back in 1993. With only 125,654 kilometers on the odometer, this car has been meticulously maintained and preserved.

the Pristine SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype, Highlighting Its Unique Design and Impeccable Restoration
the Pristine SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype, Highlighting Its Unique Design and Impeccable Restoration

Unique Features and Specifications

The car boasts a series of unique features that set it apart from other SAAB 9000 models. It has a 2.3 Turbo 16-valve engine with an impressive 290 horsepower, thanks to a stage 3 Maptun kit. The specific metallic paint, custom forged 17-inch Aero wheels, a complete stainless steel exhaust system, and sports brake discs and pads make this vehicle truly one-of-a-kind. The front brakes feature 6-piston calipers with slotted discs measuring 300 mm in diameter, ensuring superior stopping power.

Original Interior of the SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype, Showcasing Its Well-Preserved Black Leather Seats and Advanced Features
Original Interior of the SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype, Showcasing Its Well-Preserved Black Leather Seats and Advanced Features

Luxurious and Functional Interior

Inside, the car is equally impressive. It features black leather seats with electrically adjustable and memory functions for the driver’s seat, heated front seats, an on-board computer, and a host of other amenities designed for comfort and convenience. The 5-speed manual transmission, electric sunroof, ABS, power steering, and a central locking system with an alarm are all standard features that enhance the driving experience.

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Engine Bay of the SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype, Featuring the 2.3 Turbo 16-Valve Engine with 290 Horsepower and Maptun Stage 3 Upgrades
Engine Bay of the SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype, Featuring the 2.3 Turbo 16-Valve Engine with 290 Horsepower and Maptun Stage 3 Upgrades

SAAB Héritage: Preserving a Legacy

A Hub for SAAB Enthusiasts

SAAB Héritage is more than just a garage; it’s a hub for SAAB enthusiasts from all over France and beyond. Located in Gennevilliers, just minutes from Paris, SAAB Héritage is the largest SAAB-dedicated workshop in the Ile-de-France region and possibly in all of France. The facility includes a 450-square-meter workshop and an independent showroom, offering a state-of-the-art environment for the restoration and maintenance of these classic vehicles.

SAAB Héritage Headquarters in Paris: A Trio of Special Edition SAABs Proudly Displayed at the Entrance
SAAB Héritage Headquarters in Paris: A Trio of Special Edition SAABs Proudly Displayed at the Entrance

Expertise and Passion

The team at SAAB Héritage is driven by a passion for SAAB that goes beyond mere business. Led by workshop head Xavier Lecourt, who has over 30 years of experience with SAAB, the team is among the most knowledgeable and skilled in Europe. Each vehicle that comes through SAAB Héritage is treated with the utmost care and attention to detail, ensuring it meets the highest standards of quality and performance.

Comprehensive Services

SAAB Héritage offers a comprehensive range of services, from routine maintenance to complete restorations. They are an official partner of RBM Performance and a SAAB Service Center accredited by ORIO AB. This means they have access to genuine SAAB parts and the expertise to install them properly. Every car they sell is fully inspected, serviced, and tested over several hundred kilometers to ensure it meets their rigorous standards.

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The SAAB 9000 Ecosport Prototype: A Closer Look

Historical Significance

The SAAB 9000 Ecosport Prototype holds a special place in SAAB’s history. Originally a test vehicle for a unique color, it represents a chapter in SAAB’s innovative approach to automotive design and performance. This particular model, with its powerful engine and distinctive features, stands as a testament to SAAB’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what a sedan could achieve.

A Unique Opportunity

For collectors and enthusiasts, the chance to own this SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero like Ecosport Prototype is a rare opportunity. Its historical significance, unique specifications, and impeccable condition make it a highly sought-after vehicle. Potential buyers have the opportunity to negotiate the price, adding to the allure of this exclusive offer.

The Ecosport Prototype Legacy

A few years ago, SAAB Héritage offered a similar Ecosport Prototype, which quickly found a new home. This current offering is almost identical, except for some interior differences, making it a nearly unique chance to own a piece of SAAB history in its original form.

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Preserving Heritage Beyond the Sale

The story of the SAAB 9000 Turbo Aero like Ecosport Prototype offered by SAAB Héritage is not just about selling a car. It’s about preserving a legacy of innovation, passion, and excellence that SAAB represents. For those who share this passion for SAAB, SAAB Héritage offers not just a vehicle, but a piece of history, meticulously restored and maintained to the highest standards. As a testament to the enduring spirit of SAAB, this rare 9000 Turbo Aero Ecosport Prototype is more than just a car; it’s a symbol of a brand that continues to inspire and captivate long after its production has ceased.

Potential buyers interested in this exclusive vehicle can contact SAAB Héritage to negotiate the price and learn more about the unique opportunity to own this remarkable piece of automotive history.

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.

5 Comments

  • Great cars I used to commute from Akron, OH to upstate N.Y. rarely let me down. I had a red one.

  • I owned a 98 version. Best car I had till this day. I should’ve repair it.
    I will own another one.

  • My 9000 Anniversary in Imola red with black leather, 170bhp low pressure turbo was the best car I have owned from 21 Saabs. 165,000 miles and never used any oil.
    Sadly now off the road.

  • I had a 2004 9.3 Aero convertible which caught light on French Motorway. I found an absolutely immaculate Aero 2009 convertible replacement in England 91,000 miles. I love the design comfort and acceleration from the 2 litre turbo. Long ago I had a 900 Turbo Carlsson which was also a dream.
    Hope Saab appears from the ashes and puts some wonder cars into manufacturing.

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