I first became aware of this very car in 2007-ish, when I was working in the central Helsinki webdesign agency situated on the same street. The yellow 2000 Saab 9-3 cabriolet was a familiar sight on my commute, parked around the neighbourhood, slowly getting more knocks on its bumpers and especially on the front plate.
It’s nice to see it’s still with the same owner most likely, and since the weather is improving it’s a good summertime cruiser. The cobblestones on the Helsinki streets do most likely reveal the chassis’ shortcomings, though.
I’d like to see the Saab on three-spoke Aero wheels, as the five-spokes on it are a bit slight and plain. This one has the 154hp 2.0 turbo, and it wouldn’t hurt to have the pokier 185hp engine.
It’s just not the camera shots that display the yellow paint as a bit washed-out, as the Saab could well use a good polish to really bring out the yellow. The top was luckily unripped.
I do believe I’ll see the Saab parked on the street whenever I return to that part of Helsinki. I’d like one just like this, and the yellow is a nice colour choice.
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]