Classics Monthly - - Survivor's Guide -

Saab Orig­i­nal, a dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in Nyköping in Sweden, ships out over 50 con­tain­ers of of­fi­cial Saab parts and ac­ces­sories all over the world ev­ery day. While Saab Orig­i­nal’s web site lists ten pages of spares for the 900, rang­ing from a new bon­net at the bargain price of £75 to a man­ual gear­box hous­ing at £104 (both prices plus VAT), we called into Saab spe­cial­ist Vol­saa En­gi­neer­ing in Derby (01332 291320) to find out what the spares sit­u­a­tion was like for any­one think­ing about restor­ing an early 900.

Tech­ni­cians Ge­off Mor­ris and Adam Yeo­mans ex­plained how over the years Vol­saa En­gi­neer­ing had built up what the pair called an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of spares for most late Saab mod­els, in­clud­ing both gen­er­a­tions of the 900. As Ge­off ex­plained while show­ing me the firm’s ex­ten­sive stores area: “Own­ers of older cars of­ten source parts on­line and we will hap­pily fit them, but as you can see we’ve got a huge stock of sec­ond-hand pan­els, in­te­rior trim and me­chan­i­cal parts, while a lo­cal for­mer Saab dealer can sup­ply new parts.”

Al­though Saab no longer builds cars, the avail­abil­ity of parts for the 900 seems to be rea­son­ably good and de­spite the Saab 900 be­ing an en­dan­gered species, there’s an en­thu­si­as­tic net­work of spe­cial­ist re­pair­ers, such as Vol­saa on hand to help keep a sur­vivor on the road if things do go wrong.

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