Monday, January 11, 2010

Sad Saab Day

(Image from PBase.com)

GM said today they're going to close down the Saab brand. This is the car I learned to drive in. An old Saab station wagon (ours was blue but otherwise basically like the one above) that I think my parents imported into the country on their own, back before Saabs were sold over here in the States. It had a three-in-the-tree manual transmission and one of those Trollhattän stickers in the window, and we actually used to fit all seven members of our family into that that little thing during vacation road trips. It was the first of many Saabs my family would go through, and definitely the coolest of the bunch. I'll be sorry to see the brand go, even though their recent offerings haven't been all that inspired.

9 comments:

Kenmon said...

The first time I drove on the road was in your family's Saab with your father.

alice said...

Those were the best of times. Rockwellian in my memory...

Buck said...

Wonder what Vonnegut would have to say about this?



Probably...so it goes!

Keera said...

I felt somewhat similar when GM stopped making Oldsmobiles. My grandparents had a gorgeous green and white sedan (remember those paint jobs?) at the time I moved in with them. Funny how the car is like a family member.

Lucy said...

Hey Alice - my first car that was not a reject from my parents looked JUST like that one but was white! I loved that car - esp the little jump seat in the back. It was a little tank and having moved to the Hudson Valley where it actually snowed in the winter - it pretty much went through anything.



That was the first car I actually sold for more than I bought it for! Got it for $600 and sold it for $900.



It was the first in a series of Saabs - moved up to 900's after that and bought them happily until I moved up to an area with no decent Saab mechanics. Eventually just to got to be too much of headache to service, and I went japanese. Even though I no longer am a Saab owner - I have a pang of sadness, too.

sloms said...

still driving the 1992 Saab with 225k miles on it; hope to get a few more years. kenmon, i remember cruisin' old route 55 listening to the Indy 500 on the radio... great memory.

alice said...

It's amazing that a car can churn up so many memories and such emotion!



Here's to Saabs and Oldsmobiles! ;-)

Lucy said...

yes - lots of saab stories (someone had to say it).

alice said...

HA!!! :-D