Theme : Secondhand – Forecourt Temptations 7

DTW Goes Back In Time

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Seitz Automobiles in the Schwarzwald have this year 2000 Saab 9-3 2.0i Turbo SE for sale at €12,990. A high price you may think, but it has only covered 11,800 km. The 9-3 has proven to be an unexpected pleasure for one DTW member but, like me, they might be ambivalent to this timewarp example.

Like national libraries, I’ve long wished that there should be a museum of design where one pristine example of every car made has to be donated (in fact any industrial product too). An old car showing character can be a great pleasure, but it is also fascinating to come across something pristine, but out of its time.

But as regards ownership, what would you do with this? Do you put it away until the possible day that you, or your descendants can make a little fortune from it? Do you buy it for your Saab museum? Do you just enjoy it and drive it like you would any car?

For myself, I know the answer, having once bought a quarter century old car that had only done 25,000 miles, with a boot that looked as though it had never been used, and tools still in their oily paper. I then proceeded to double the mileage over three years and am now on 80,000+ miles with no regrets that I didn’t just wrap it up and put it away in a nice heated garage.

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6 thoughts on “Theme : Secondhand – Forecourt Temptations 7”

  1. Yes, you buy it, give it lots of TLC and over the top servicing, and enjoy driving it.

    But first you spend a filthy dirty weekend painting all the suspension and subframe parts known to rust and then rustproofing the whole vehicle when the paint dries, and then enjoy for many years.

    The alternative, whilst a lovely ideal to keep for posterity is really the pleasure (duty?) of the really well off motoring hobbyist, and yes if was a multi millionaire i’d have an air conditioned warehouse stuffed to the rafters with interesting but normalish cars, avoiding the so called classic sports makes like the plague, and i’d open it regularly to genuine car users only to enjoy.

  2. Super idea, that. I know Bill Gates has a lot on his mind with respect to poverty, education and health care in the developing world but I think a tiny bit of his money would be helpful in setting up a regional archive of motorvehicles for the US, Europe and Asia which would feature normal cars and preserve, for posterity, some of the lesser fruits of civilisation. I wonder how a request for such a project would go down?

  3. They’re just not that good a car. If you must – then have one with 50,000 miles but is £1000 and run it for 1/2 as long. Then buy another 50,000 mile 10 – 15 year old vehicle. Bought my stepmother one with 40,000 miles 4-5 years ago for £3000. Been a good car, air con – still working, leather and cruise. Probably over paid but it was clean in cosmic blue.
    Paying £8000 + just because it’s only done 8000 miles seems OTT.
    However each to their own

  4. Low mileage cars often suffer from issues stemming from lack of use. I’d tend to favour a well-maintained high mileage car over something that just pottered down the shops once a week, barely getting up to operating temperature.
    The 9.3 and its immediate 900 predecessors were not brilliant cars, true, but they are under-rated workhorses. A good one is capable of very high mileages, is comfortable, safe, spacious and durable. My own 1996 model has been faultless in the two years I’ve owned it. It’s not a car to keep, but I’ve become very fond of it nevertheless.

  5. Nothing touches the 1983 Lancia Trevi I found a few months back with delivery miles. That was also about €10,000. One of these cars is overpriced. The Saab is not so interesting until another decade has gone by. If you get this car now you will have to wait a long while before that figure looks believable. I think a lot of people would just assume it was a clean, ordinary car. It´s not old enough for its age and condition to be contradicting each other.

  6. Don’t get me wrong Eoin – they’re not a bad car and you cna pick up a low mileage, low owner car for a grand and they make excellent cars for no money with a badge that is generally considered in a positive light. Between 1 and 2 thousand pounds under 70k miles and perhaps 2 owners – money well spent and still well supported in components. I send stuff out to Scandinavia and the US for them regularly. From a parts perspective the GM gene is not a bad thing.

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