DTW Goes Back In Time
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.