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  • aircooled1

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    Beautiful car and photos! Thanks guys!

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  • Pawel Skrzypczynski

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    Thanks! It was a real pleasure to shoot this vintage SAAB.

    I enclose the photo of the 96 mentioned in the text.

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  • ik1

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    Truly beautiful. Increasingly I start to appreciate these (now rare) daily drivers of their time more than I do appreciate exotics like ´60s ferraris or similar level period competitors. It´s not that I´m putting down exotics, but I´m pretty sure that, in the way I understand the classic car owning experience today, having evolved in tastes and being more open minded, a car like this saab might be more enjoyable for the classic car lover than those million dollar exotics one lusted after when first approaching to the classic car world.

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  • Todd Cox

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    I agree with you about the increasing appeal of much more pedestrian car from days gone by. It isn't surprising to find that folks babied their supercars or rare-when-produced machines, but it is a much less common occurrence to find an aging daily driver that has been restored or well kept.

    A car that fit in the average family’s budget had a job; it was a workhorse. Much like trucks, they were seldom babied or cherished for their beauty but they all had deep and meaningful stories. Even the designers and engineers understood this and often had to think of design in terms of use and not purely aesthetics. No Lamborghini Countach ever brought a crib home for the newborn. No young child ever dropped their ice cream cone in the back seat of a Ferrari 250 GTO. No Jaguar E-Type ever made the long, arduous haul of a full family and the dog, while pulling a trailer across the country to a soldier’s next duty station. The world was built on the ‘common’ car’s back.

    The much more common (and thus disposable) cars are the true gateways to our past. Even though the world that these cars now live in has changed, the experience when you get behind the wheel of a common classic has not. You're suddenly transported through time and are experiencing the same tactile elements that the original owner did; and perhaps reliving some of their memories. I don’t know how many times I’ve cleaned a used car up after purchasing it and finding coins and receipts, or scraps of paper that must have had vital information on them; all hints to a life lived in the car. To me, it makes me want to preserve the car all the more. They are our time machines. And this car is an incredible example. I salute those who understand the beauty in the people's cars. They tell a story that people can relate to. They tell us about ourselves. They tell us where we came from.

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  • Piotr Orlanski

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    Piękne auto. I zdjęcia. Byłoby super kiedyś zobaczyć jak jedziesz przez miasto. Albo pod miastem.
    Pozdrowienia z Falenicy!

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  • Kevin Bakos

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    http://www.barnfinds.com/barn-bundle-saab-95-wagons/ I came across this article and this add in the same day thought I would share!

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  • GARY MILES

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    I had read this story when it posted awhile back. Last Wednesday night, while in the parking lot of my local Whole Foods, I looked up and saw the same model Saab. I tried to take a couple of photos, but the light was insufficient to capture anything meaningful. I must say, the car is truly unique; I'd never noticed anything like it before. Very interesting lines. Thanks Petrolicious for bringing many of these unusual (for me) vehicles to our attention.

    Gary

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  • Guest (Jörgen Trued)

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    The reason why Saab competed with a wagon was because that was the first model with 4 speed gearbox. The sedan had a 3 speed only.

    from Stockholm, Sweden
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