There’s been absolutely nothing mentioned of this in Australia, nor in GM Media’s USA section. GM Media UK is also blank on the subject.
So I guess I better tell you.
Perhaps the most collectible of all classic Saabs is the 900 Carlsson of 1990-1991. Only a few hundred were made for the UK market. The car was distinguished from it’s Aero brothers by a subtle, yet effective body kit, pinstriping and some extra beef under the hood. Available in white, black or red, it was and remains a true collectors item.
Via GM Media in Switzerland, there’s news of a new generation of Carlsson. This translated from the original press release (in French):
Shown first at the Geneva Motor Show, the Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson marks the return of a great figure in rallying. Saab dedicates this model, with 195hp, in recognition of the sporting reputation and the services rendered by Erik Carlsson…..
As mentioned, the car has a 1.8 litre tubocharged engine pulling 185hp, up from the usual 150 from that engine. Like it’s 900 forefather, the car features a subtle body kit with special 17 inch five spoke rims and improved trim, with saddelry leather and chrome trim.
The great news is in the price. The new 9-3 Carlsson can be had (by those who can get it) for 39,800 franks (I assume they’re Swiss ones), which is about 6,000 cheaper than a 9-3 Linear optioned up to the same level.
Perhaps you can drive from your dealer straight to hirsch and have the world’s first Carlsson-Hirsch Saab!!
There is a bloody excellent book about Erik Carlsson called Mr Saab. If you haven’t read it yet, then do yourself a favour and go get a copy and sit down with it over a weekend. It’s a truly engaging story about a man who is truly more “larger-than-life” than us Generation X-ers could ever understand.
I’ve done a review of the book that you can read when you click here.
There’s also a very good Google Video about Erik Carlsson that you can view here.