Jason Castriota’s Saab 9-3 replacement has been all over the web for the last few weeks. It’s been good to see the images get out there and the quality has steadily improved.
I’ve got a few thoughts about the car and I hope to share them some time soon but I need some time with Jason first, which has been difficult to organise since Geneva. Hopefully that’s a good sign.
What do you think about the pictures you’ve seen so far?
If you own a Saab 99 Turbo then my advice is to either restore it or keep it in pristine condition. The 99 Turbo seems to be THE most collectable Saab at the moment thanks to its status as the beginning of Saab’s turbo revolution and its relative rarity. The wrap it got on Top Gear probably helped, too.
Exhibit #1 is this 99T that a mate in Sweden spotted for sale on Blocket this week for a cool 120,000SEK. That’s US$18,500 or 14,200 Euros at today’s rates.
Personally speaking, my gold-silver-bronze collectible Saabs would be the 99T, a Sonett and a Viggen.
Please don’t be angry that I left the 900 off that list. I’d gladly have a 900, too, but only after I took care of the first three.
Things have been quiet here for the last week and for those who don’t already know why, here’s an explanation.
Last week I had the good fortune to get in touch with a motoring publication here in Australia and pitch some work to them. Their books were full in terms of full-time and freelance writers, but they were familiar with my background and were interested to get a first look at whatever I might be working on. I told them about a series i’ve been working on for a little while now and whilst there are no promises, we’ve worked together on Instalment #1 and it looks like they’re interested!!
I’m really excited at getting a toe in the front door. This development, along with a few other things, has kept me quite busy all week.
It also means that this site’s probably going to be pretty quiet for at least the next few weeks, maybe longer. It’s been an amazing week in terms of just learning how to write for a different audience. Blogging is such a me-focused activity (this post is a prime example). Even when you’re sharing news there’s always the personal interpretations that inevitably get thrown in. Writing for an unattached audience is a whole different ballgame and seeing the edits of my first article has driven home just how much I have to learn. The process has been very enriching.
I’ve also got some editorial work to do for an old friend and that’s going to take some time, too. Very interesting stuff, though.
Then there’s the car shopping, which has been totally absorbing and frustrating all at the same time. I’ll spend some time on the latest contender tomorrow. The Alfa hasn’t sold yet, which is the frustrating part. In fact, there’s been barely any interest at all. It’s a good car, though, and it’ll sell eventually.
If you’re looking for something to pass the time this weekend, DeutscheWelle has a great series of car videos on YouTube called Drive It!
They drive some modern cars but also some real classics in this series. Sample below.