This is one of those feel-good stories. Peter W, in Sweden, is doing one of those jobs that’s an important part of keeping Saab’s heritage alive. One of those jobs that all Saab enthusiasts would like to do, deep down.
Getting an ultra-rare Saab and bringing it back from the dead. Click any of these pics to enlarge.
The long story starts here at SaabCentral.
The short story: Peter has picked up one of the very rare pearl white prototype 900 Aeros.
There were a small number of these made in 1984, a year before the 900 Aero officially debuted. This is the same pearl white that was used on the 99 Turbo prototype that featured at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1977. This was the first use of the 16 valve engine and featured a red interior.
There’s more info about these prototypes and the SPG/Aero 900 here.
Peter heard about the car and bought it straight away. He wrote the following to me over the weekend:
As soon as I saw the pearl for sale I decided to buy it. I just new that I had to own it 🙂 I bought it unseen, thought I did get some pictures, but they didn’t frighten me.
The car was not in traffic (registered) when I went to take her home. Last time it was on the road was 2000. Unfortunately it has been stored outside since then, so the rust has taken hard on the car. But when I came home with the car I started it up and I was impressed with the sound of the engine.
I took a little test run and it went really well, especially as the car has 360,000 kilometers on the clock.
My goal with this project is restore it to as near to mint condition as I can. Even better, I hope. My first goal is to fix up the body and paint it, hopefully by summer 2008. The main goal is to have the car done for the SAAB Festival 2009. I’m gonna try but it’s a question about money. And it’s beginning to be hard to find new original parts now.
Peter’s already started work on the project. There’s a long way to go, but 2009’s still a long way away.
I hope it gets done on time. I’ll be keeping in touch with Peter from time to time to see how things are going.