This 1998 Saab 9000 is one of the cars habitually appearing on the parking lot of my office complex. It probably belongs to a Saab enthusiast, and it’s been customized a bit with all the horizontal surfaces having been done over with a black matte material. It’s either vinyl wrap or Plasti-Dip, whatever has come in handy, and it’s either done for individuality’s sake or to cover up paint damage.
It’s been debadged, but running the plate info confirmed it’s the certainly quick enough 2.3-litre turbo with 221 horsepower. Take a peek.
I actually do find it a bit half-assed. Why not cover up the whole car? It would certainly look the part, since matte black would suit the blocky 9000 very well. And the surfaces are straight enough to make the job easy enough.
The CSE runs on cheap-ass Alessio five-spokes in wintertime. They’re not the highest quality wheels available, but do their job.
The Saab somewhat matches the background facility; an old decommissioned leather factory, turned into offices. And yep, the Saab too has leather chairs inside. The CCR plates mean it’s not a second-hand import, but has been slapped with Finnish plates when new. A bunch of faster Saabs have come here from Sweden or Germany, later on. For example, not a lot of 3.0 V6 Griffins were registered here new.
So yeah, my parting line will be: go all black, or don’t come back.
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