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The Saab 9000 Auto Transporter: From Stalwart to Sleeping Beauty

Rediscovered Saab 9000: A Journey from Bavarian Fields to Revival

In its prime, a Saab 9000 Auto Transporter in a striking livery confidently carries a bright orange Saab Sonett II sports car. A snapshot of Saab's ingenuity and versatility, epitomizing the golden era of Saab's automotive excellence

Reviving a Saab Staple: The 9000 Auto Transporter’s Journey

In 2017, the Saab community buzzed about the sale of a custom Saab 9000 flatbed car hauler, a versatile vehicle built for the challenging yet lucrative car hauling business. This specialized transporter was introduced as a perfect fit for small business owners or racing enthusiasts needing a reliable method to transfer their vehicles to the track.

Based on a robust ’88 Saab 9000CD Turbo, it boasted a significant 3.5T capacity and 1650Kg payload, promising performance without the hindrance of a speed limit. Despite showing signs of wear with various rust damage, it held the promise of restoration with reasonable effort, offering potential and performance to its next owner. Rare and distinctive, this transporter, alongside the mentioned Saab Sonett II Cabrio, symbolized the unique and custom nature of Saab’s automotive creations.

Once a proud carrier of automotive dreams, the Saab 9000 Auto Transporter now rests, abandoned and embraced by nature, its vibrant colors fading into the surrounding greenery.
Once a proud carrier of automotive dreams, the Saab 9000 Auto Transporter now rests, abandoned and embraced by nature, its vibrant colors fading into the surrounding greenery.

The Echoes of a Saab Legacy

In the quiet expanses of Oberhausen, a Saab 9000 Auto Transporter lies in a restful slumber. Its once vibrant hues and robust framework reminisce about the days spent navigating the lush Bavarian landscape, carrying prized automobiles to enthusiasts and racers alike.

This transporter, a custom modification of the ’88 Saab 9000CD Turbo, was built for endurance, carrying up to 3.5T without flinching under the weight of speed. Its design is a testament to the innovative spirit of Saab, merging utility with the sleek Scandinavian aesthetics beloved by many. Now, it awaits a revival, a chance to reclaim its title as a steadfast companion on the road.

Once a proud transporter of Saab legacy, this Saab 9000 now stands abandoned, enveloped by the unforgiving embrace of nature, a somber reflection of past glory.
Once a proud transporter of Saab legacy, this Saab 9000 now stands abandoned, enveloped by the unforgiving embrace of nature, a somber reflection of past glory.

The Anatomy of a Workhorse

Underneath the sun-faded paint and patches of rust lies a marvel of Swedish engineering. The 9000 Auto Transporter was designed with a payload capacity that challenged the conventions of its time, boldly transporting vehicles with unparalleled stability. Its flatbed, now empty, once cradled cars with the secure grip of a guardian. The mechanics of this transporter speak of a history rich with tales of automotive adventures and the hum of a turbo engine ready to roar back to life. Each bolt and plate on this vehicle holds the potential for stories yet to be told.

A Siren’s Call for Restoration

Restoring this Saab 9000 is not just an act of mechanical rejuvenation but a homage to a lineage of craftsmanship. The current state of decay is merely a veneer, hiding the resilient bones of a machine that was once the pride of its owner.


For those who hear the silent call of this dormant beast, the journey of restoration is as much about recapturing the essence of Saab as it is about wrenching and welding. The challenge is not just to erase the signs of age but to honor the legacy embedded in its chassis. This Auto Transporter doesn’t just need a mechanic; it seeks a curator of its legacy.

"A vivid echo of its industrious past, the Saab 9000 Auto Transporter rests, its vibrant colors contrast against the stillness of its surroundings, a silent call to restore its dynamic legacy.
“A vivid echo of its industrious past, the Saab 9000 Auto Transporter rests, its vibrant colors contrast against the stillness of its surroundings, a silent call to restore its dynamic legacy.

The Art of Revival

The revival of such a unique vehicle transcends the boundaries of a typical restoration project. It is an art form, demanding a confluence of historical respect, mechanical skill, and creative vision. Each restored component weaves a tapestry of both function and form, a narrative reborn with each turn of the wrench

. The restorer who takes on this project doesn’t just patch up metal and rubber; they breathe life into a dream that once rolled proudly through German forests. The promise of this Saab is not in the destination but in the rebirth of the journey.

Charting a New Course

As the Saab 9000 Auto Transporter stands poised for its resurgence, it currently rests at the former site of the Eyacher Str. 53a D-82386 Oberhausen (Bayern). The once bustling workshop, known for its 2CV repairs, now serves as the silent custodian of this Saab awaiting its revival.

Discovered by a past acquaintance in a state that beckons for care and restoration, its presence there is a clarion call to those who cherish the Saab lineage. This is not just an opportunity to rejuvenate a machine; it’s a beckoning for a Saab enthusiast to intertwine their chapter into the vehicle’s storied tapestry, steering it from Eyacher Str 53 A back onto the open roads where its journey can continue.

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