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SAAB 9-5 SuperWagon 2-Door | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

SAAB 9-5 SuperWagon YS3E+ | Family Wagon and Delivery Van

GM thought it was a brilliant idea to add some Swedish flavor to their rather sad and uninteresting line of mid-size SUVs by introducing the SAAB 9-7X. The 9-7X was a classical GM badge-engineering job with a couple of different trim pieces here and there. It’s not hard at all to guess that the Swedish designers and engineers didn’t have a lot of influence in the development.

Let’s imagine GM would have given free reign to the Swedish colleagues, with the only mandatory requirement that they must build it on an existing platform. They might have come up with what I imagined in the pictures below: a SAAB 9-5 based SuperWagon. It would have featured more interior space, more windows for the kids to see out of during road-trips, better handling and fuel mileage than the horrendous 9-7X. The already spacious trunk space of the 9-5 Wagon would have been enlarged in height and width to fit all the necessary gear a family of four might need for a holiday.

SAAB 9-5 SuperWagon 4-Door | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Creating a 2-door delivery van for those needing less seat and more room for cargo would have been rather easy. To keep the distinct SAAB profile, the safety conscious Swedes would have added a window just aft of the B-pillar to improve visibility. Now only one question remains: do you think the SuperWagon variants would have sold better than the GMT360 platform based 9-7X?

SAAB 9-5 SuperWagon 2-Door | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Take a look at the original picture for reference.

SAAB 96 Classic Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

SAAB 96 | Classic Custom

Happy New Year! The first photoshop chop in 2018 is an old project from years ago that I finally got around to finish now. I found the original picture of the SAAB 96 and immediately thought this vehicle #needsmorelow. Lowering it and enlarging the wheels made it look better, but the little something that makes it special was still missing. In order to keep it period-correct, I used the natural lines and added some graphics. These days you would probably utilize vinyl stickers, but back then it would have been painted. All in all a fun little project to prove that every vehicle has potential to look better.

SAAB 96 Classic Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

SAAB 9000 Hot Rod Concept | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

SAAB 9000 Høt Rød Cøncept

A good friend of mine recently bought a SAAB 9000 which didn’t look bad at first sight, but upon closer inspection, showed many signs of advanced wear and tear. Nothing serious, but the little things that need to be fixed add up quickly. So I fired up my creativity and came up with a solution that is neither simple nor quick to achieve – but would be stunning and a head-turner. Let me present: the SAAB 9000 Høt Rød Cøncept. Proudly sponsored by the long-defunct ABA Swedish Airlines. 😉

SAAB 9000 Hot Rod Concept | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

 

Stanced SAAB 96 with caravan | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Stanced Saab 96 towing a caravan

Recently I found this picture of a SAAB 96 towing a vintage Scandinavian caravan trailer. Even though the combination is rather cute as is, I thought it might look better with a healthy dose of lowering and a few tweaks here and there. Removing the turn signal lights and adding mesh to the air intakes below the headlights helps the front to look cleaner. Now – what do you think about going on a vacation in style? 😉

Stanced SAAB 96 with caravan | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

 

SAAB 900 Turbo S | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

SAAB 900 Turbo S

An instant classic. The SAAB 900 Turbo has always had it friends and foes. I always liked them because they are a bit weird – but very well engineered. This shape doesn’t need a lot of tweaking, so I reworked the body carefully. The fenders have been flared a little, the door handles shaved and some of the trim removed. A healthy drop over enlarged wheels, a front spoiler and that’s about it. Not much drama for a rather subtle effect. Like it or don’t 😉

SAAB 900 Turbo S | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

SAAB Sonett Mk1 Club Racer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

SAAB Sonett Mk2 Club Racer

The SAAB Sonett was a nifty little sportscar. Originally fitted with a 1500cc Ford Taunus V4 engine it had enough power to be a fun runabout. Still… not enough to have serious fun with the little bugger. I wondered what a club racing version of the Mk2 Sonett could have looked like. Lowered, of course, with wider wheels and meatier tires and a few aerodynamic tweaks. Because there isn’t much space in the engine compartment, a V6 engine wasn’t an option. Hence I opted for a turbocharger. Now, which version would you prefer? Stock or Club Racer?

SAAB Sonett Mk1 Club Racer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

SAAB 99 Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

SAAB 99 Turbo

SAAB went out of business in 2011, which made me sad because I always liked the odd and sometimes even weird Swedish cars. Especially the vehicles developed before GM bought SAAB had something that made them unique and therefore special.

SAAB customers of yore have been very loyal and enthusiastic about their brand. Instead of building small amounts of special cars for customers willing to pay more for a SAAB than for any other car, GM watered down the design in order to make the cars appeal to more mainstream customers. The idea of selling more vehicles that way didn’t work out too well, did it? Rightly so, because most people thought the vehicles were not special enough for the price asked. If customers want to drive a car that makes them stand out of the crowd, it doesn’t really make sense to design cars that appeal to a broader audience. The decline of the SAAB brand was slow and painful for enthusiasts. Late in 2011 it was finally over. SAAB – rest in peace.

To honor the “real” SAAB cars of yesteryear, I want to create a series of modified SAAB vehicles in 2012. The first one is the 99 Turbo pictured here. With the base vehicle already looking a little odd, the period correct race car wheels fit perfectly with the mud guards, IMO. The 99 has also been lowered and a couple of parts on the body have been altered. Hey… it could have been like that back then 😉

SAAB 99 Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

SAAB 9³ | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

SAAB 9³ with AMG Black Series wheels

Green really isn’t my favorite color. A high ride height on a roadcar isn’t as well. Altering some of the pixels in the original picture brought me to the nice SAAB 9³ you see here. Wheels have been borrowed from a Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG Black Series.

SAAB 9³ | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)