Trollhattan Saab Wallpaper No. 5

Trollhattan Saab wallpapers are all sourced either from photos taken by visitors to this site. They’re enthusiast’s shots, taken for enthusiasts.

My thanks to Kaz for sending in this great shot of his current 9-3 Aero.

I’ll let him tell his story and a little about the location, too.

My love affair began with my uncle’s purchase of a 1983 Saab 900 Turbo 16S, the kick from the turbo was nothing like I had ever felt before, and I was only 8 years old at the time.

Ever since, I’ve always had a soft spot for the company, and always wanted to own one when I grew older.

Now I’m 31, I’ve had quite a few. My parents work for Vauxhall, and therefore we have access to family schemes for a selection of vehicles across the GM range, a few years ago they finally added Saab to the list of vehicles available, and I immediately made my acquaintance with a 9-3 Vector 1.8t convertible, and since I’ve had several cars. Two Aero 2.0T convertibles, a 2.8V6T Aero Sport Combi, and two 2.8V6T Aero Convertibles. I currently have the SS, which is a cracking car, feels much livelier than the convertibles, but the soft top has the edge in my opinion with the overall feel-good factor.

The SS will return to GM in about 8 weeks :(, but I’ll be OK……I’m picking up a 2007 Convertible in its place.

The photo was taken at the Cardington Airship hangers, which were used during World War 2 for storage and construction of massive airships.

Google maps link.

Kaz tells me these airship hangers were most recently used during the filming of the movie, Batman Begins, for some of the Batmobile scenes.

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6 Comments

  1. Yup, it is the Titan Grey colour, very fetching on the SS I think.

    The Saloon is a beast with that engine, feels quicker and livelier than either the SportCombi or the Convertibles I’ve had with the same engine. So much so, I’m wondering if they have made changes to the Engine Management recently, as the throttle response in higher gears is much sharper.

    Looking forward to the convertible to see if this throttle response issue has been a one off or not 🙂

  2. Yup

    The SS will go back for the Convertible.

    The scheme allows us to swap cars every four to six months depending on how many miles we rack up.

  3. Yup, it’s part of the scheme that GM supply to it’s employees (those that have worked there for 20 years plus) and their immediate family. Think of it as a short term lease scheme with perks, at the end you just swap it for the next one.

    I guess it’s also a way that GM and other car companies ‘massage’ their market share figures.

    There are restrictions though, we do not get access to the VXR models, otherwise I would be eyeing up that new VXR8 (UK’s version of the new HSV pimped Commodore with 414bhp!! ), possibly the ONLY car that would make me think twice about ordering another Saab :).

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