Steve Broadhead and John Taylor of Malbrad Saab, who prepare my Saab rally cars, enjoyed tearing the new car apart, check out the size of the engine relative to the tiny gearbox. The rust I was worried about turned out to be mostly superficial. The shell turned out to be amazingly solid. Although sold with a 390 engine the car actually had a fairly fresh 360 engine fitted which is a better engine for the rally anyway.
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Freshly arrived from Holland, Geen Remmen arrives at Malbrad Saab in Huddersfield. Having managed to start it they laid down an “eleven” on the garage floor, plenty of grunt!
Mine now, Geen Remmen (the name taken from a note on the dash on collection: it means no brakes in Dutch) on the way home. Note the strap on the bonnet to stop it flying open on the way back. A relief to find the trailer was wide enough.
British Customs were typically shitty about me importing the vehicle. Inspection involved eight of the border forces finest standing around the vehicle and generally poking around. Didn’t seem to make much difference that I had all the paperwork they could ask for. Registering the car with DVLA was fairly straightforward by comparison. The Californian registration was XUM 037, and looks to have been green with white racing stripes originally. The new UK registration is FND 367F. Would be great to find some of its history if anyone has information on the car.