Unofficial 9-5 month continues

Here’s a little more 9-5 loving, in two parts.

First up here’s a coooooool 9-5 SOTW picture from Paul H up in Sydney. It’s his 2005 9-5 Linear SportWagon and you gotta love that number plate.

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Secondly, a video I’ve shown here once before. One from the Saabvideos collection, about the design philosophy behind the 9-5. Great stuff.

Thanks to Simon for reminding me about this one.

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  1. Beautiful ‘pre-disaster’ ie ’06 Saab 9-5. I love black Saabs even though I have said repeatedly I would never have another black car.

  2. Eggs, as far as I know, Paul’s car is standard. The photo was initially quite a bit darker than what you see here. The lightness and resulting gleam in the headlights is the result of my slight tweaking – the “Auto Levels” adjustment in Photoshop if I recall correctly.

  3. Swade,

    Where did the license plate come from? I like it!

    By the way, I just posted a few articles that may be of interest to you.

    The articles have to do with the “post” passphrase..hint..hint. šŸ™‚

  4. Good man Swade, a most excellent post:>)

    The wagon is Nocturne Blue, it looks black in the photo, in fact it often looks black but it’s not.

    The headlights are standard. I think what you see as treatment is the moonlight shining off the insides during the long exposure.

    The SAAAAB rego plate is from the car register authority here in New South Wales. You can pick your own plate up to 6 letters or numbers in a choice of colours and styles and as long as someone else hasn’t got it or it’s rude then you just pays your money. You can see what plates you can make here

    It’s fun seeing what you can come up with.

  5. The Aero 17 inch wheels i put on myself. The car came with those funny 16 inch wheels that resembled something you wash a salad in. The Aero wheels make such a difference to the looks. Next thing up is some foglights i think:>)

  6. Regarding the movie about the design philosophy behind the 9-5 I can’t resist telling you that chief designer Einar Hareide is a norwegian guy. He is now running Hareide designmill in Norway ( ) and has just recently established a strategic cooperation with Gesab engineering.
    Gesab Engineering and Hareide Designmill has a strategic agreement to cooperate and together deliver a complete service from design strategy, concepts and models to finished prototypes.

    The design studio in Gothenburg is run by and located together with Hareide Designmill, and includes a complete model and prototype studio, able to create prototypes of any product; from small consumer products to cars and boats.

    Maybe we’ll see future SAABs again with some touch of Hareides designelements?

    Greetings from Norway! ;/)

  7. Olav, i remember the series of photos of your wagon with the plane, i think it was one of the first SOTW that Swade put up. It was nice to go back and have a look just now. They’re stunning cars.

  8. Thanks, Paul. Oh yes, they are indeed stunning cars. Good looking and fantastic to drive. I always take the longest way home when driving the 9-5 šŸ™‚

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