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Saab History Welcomes Exclusive Motors As Sponsor

Posted on 17. Feb, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Exclusive Motors

Saab History welcomes Exclusive Motors in Los Angeles as a premium sponsor. The owner of the company, Jeremy Morrissey is a proud supporter of Saab History, and is no stranger to Saab’s history.

Morrissey started out as a Saab mechanic at a dealer no longer in business where he was a quick study. In a short amount of time, he transitioned into a sales rep working at what was at the time, the top selling Saab dealership in the United States, Ramsey Saab, as shown in the 1985 Saab Scania of America dealership development video (4:48). At this dealership, he became one of the top selling sales reps in the country, working there from approximately 1988 until 1995 under the leadership of the owner, Ray Van Duren. His experience was unique as Van Duren was quite an influential dealer at this time where he pushed for variations of Saab products that sold such as the Monte Carlo yellow convertible, platana grey convertible, power seats in the 9000 in 1989 while ensuring that the SPG would continue production in 1990 and 1991 model years. After speaking with Jeremy, he seems to have an emotional attachment to the experience with Ray.

Following this launch of his career for nearly a decade at Ramsey Saab, he continued to explore other Saab dealerships to apply his unique marketing skill in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Spending a significant amount of time in the North East, he decided to move out to the good weather in sunny California, to become the general Manager of Saab of Santa Monica from 2001 until 2008. Here, he turned this dealer into the #2 volume dealer in the country and #1 in the Western region.

As the economy hit the automotive landscape hard in 2008, he decided to finally open Exclusive Motors, his own independent facility. He reflects on the time he has had working with Saab since the early eighties and says that “he has made some of the best friends he has ever had” and believes that “the close knit nature of the Saab dealerships allowed for good relationships amongst employees and customers to be there through thick and thin”

Taking on the ideas of how the dealership network can be influential, Morrissey contributed to a number of advertisement campaigns over the years.

In addition, he has contributed to product additions much like his former boss did, ensuring that the then new 9-5 came equipped with leather door panels opposed to the cloth it was introduced with. It was at the 1997 Jubilee in Sweden where he spoke with the then President of Saab Automobile AB, Bob Hendry, which ensured that this product change became a reality. Other product initiatives also included the design package in the ’02 9-3 SE convertible.

When he looks back at all of the great times he has had with Saab here in the United States, 1992 was his best year overall. That being said, it was a former colleague of his that put him in touch with Saab History and eventually took ownership of a vehicle that meant a great deal to him, that was the 1992 Saab 900 Turbo project. Spending a significant amount of time and resources to personally restore this vehicle, I was very happy to learn that it would be going to a good home in a place where it would be cared for. Since the sale, I have learned that it has been further restored utilizing original parts that he has been saving for 18 years such as a new windshield, leather seats, etc. Today, Morrissey proudly displays this vehicle in the showroom at Exclusive Motors.

Today, he continues his pursuit in carrying the Saab torch by restoring nearly 15 classic Saab models to their original appearance, with original parts he has been storing away for nearly 20 years. These vehicles include very low 1987 900 Turbo rose quartz, 1991 9000 Turbo 5-Door, 1991 Beryl Green SPG, 1992 900 Turbo 3-door, 1992 9000 CD Griffin Edition, 1993-1997 Aero & Anniversary Edition, 1993 900 CE, 1993 900 Emola Red convertible, 1994 900 Eucalyptus convertible and 1994 900 CE Convertible.

A historian in his own right from his experience and passion from working with Saab, Morrissey is thrilled to see Saab owned by an exclusive and unique brand.

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Swedish Motor Cars Sell 1994 Saab 900 Convertible

Posted on 25. Jan, 2010 by .

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1994 900 ce convt Swedish Motor Cars Sell 1994 Saab 900 Convertible

Photo Credit: Swedish Motor Cars

Swedish Motor Cars, longtime supporter and advertiser on Saab History, are selling a low mileage pristine 1994 Saab 900 Convertible.

This model year was the last classic Saab 900 convertible produced for the U.S. market.

Please contact them for more details and tell them Ryan at Saab History sent you:

(Serious Inquiries Only)

Swedish Motor Cars
551 North Washington Street
Falls Church Virginia 22046-3536

phone 703.237.0988
fax 703.891.0152

http://www.swedishmotorcars.com

swedishmotorcars@aol.com

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Swedish Motor Cars Sell Rare 1986 Saab 900 Convertible

Posted on 22. Jan, 2010 by .

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900convertible Swedish Motor Cars Sell Rare 1986 Saab 900 Convertible

Photo Credit: Swedish Motor Cars

Swedish Motor Cars, longtime supporter and advertiser on Saab History, are selling a rare 1986 Saab 900 Convertible in silver.

This model year was the first year of the convertible and only 400 of these were ever made. The price is right.

Swedish Motor Cars continue to sell some rare Saabs like the 1993 Saab 900 commemorative edition that just sold to a Saab History frequenter in Toronto back in November.

Please contact them for more details and tell them Ryan at Saab History sent you:

(Serious Inquiries Only)

Swedish Motor Cars
551 North Washington Street
Falls Church Virginia 22046-3536

phone 703.237.0988
fax 703.891.0152

http://www.swedishmotorcars.com

swedishmotorcars@aol.com

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Saab Enthusiast Buys Saab 900 From Swedish Motor Cars

Posted on 17. Nov, 2009 by .

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900ce Saab Enthusiast Buys Saab 900 From Swedish Motor Cars

Photo Credit: James

James from Canada, a big Saab Enthusiast, first contacted me about my 1992 Saab 900 just after the sale was completed, fortunately he was able to secure this sale for the last year of the Saab 900 with site sponsor, Swedish Motor Cars.

900cebadge Saab Enthusiast Buys Saab 900 From Swedish Motor CarsThe vehicle that was acquired was a limited edition 141 out of 325 1993 Saab 900 Commemorative edition 3-door hatchback.
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The Concept Of Saab Independents Doing Warranty Work

Posted on 23. Sep, 2009 by .

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There has been quite an interesting dialogue in the comments field recently about the future of Saab Cars North America.

This dialogue involves the concept of including select independent Saab facilities to do warranty work where there are no Saab dealerships within a range of 100 miles in all directions in the United States. This program actually has been done in the past with a facility in Orange, Connecticut that went up when a local dealership closed, creating an opportunity of which Saab Cars USA at the time accepted and was quite successful.

With the precedent already set for this kind of arrangement, the question now is, how many of these independents due to many factors such as the quality of their facility, the quality of their work, their ability to work on modern Saabs and of course their geographic location would be able to be chosen if such a program came into existence? I am sure that all of the owners of any independent Saab facility would be interested in this idea, but obviously the final choice would not just fall on them.

I encourage you to add your comments into this dialogue below to continue this thread. I’ve taken the previous comments and included them here, so we don’t have to start from scratch on the topic once again. I would like to hear from not only independents and customers, but dealerships as well, to talk about the pluses and/or minuses of this idea.

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Swedish Motor Cars Selling 1994 900 CE Convertible

Posted on 01. Apr, 2009 by .

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swedish motor cars 94 900cd Swedish Motor Cars Selling 1994 900 CE Convertible

Photo Credit: Swedish Motor Cars

Swedish Motor Cars in Washington, D.C., a proud sponsor of Saab History is selling a rare 1994 900 CE convertible with just 97,793 miles on the odometer!

It is certainly a clean car, especially it is only one of 500 ever produced and officially the last year of the classic 900 convertible and comes with all of the bells and whistles!

Click here for more information on this car to inquiry about it if you are in the market.

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Saab History Welcomes Mile Hi Body Shop As Sponsor

Posted on 11. Mar, 2009 by .

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facility photo Saab History Welcomes Mile Hi Body Shop As Sponsor

Photo Credit: Mile Hi Body Shop. Inc.

Saab History welcomes Mile Hi Body Shop in Denver, Colorado as sponsor and advertiser. It is Mile Hi Body Shop that is one of the sponsors of what’s shaping up to be one of the most incredible Saab Owners Conventions in history, the 2009 SOC “Summit Of The Nines” which just opened registration.

Please welcome Mile Hi Body Shop in Denver as a proud supporter of the Saab Automobile since 1969!

Our loyal customers know that we respect the SAAB automobile as much as they do. That’s why we’ve specialized exclusively in SAAB maintenance and repair since 1969. Mile Hi is a complete, full service, independent SAAB garage. “We don’t guess . . . we TEST”. And we don’t fail to notice the obvious, either. We use our decades of experience and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to locate a problem before we make repairs. We’re committed to save our customers time and money.

Our History
From a pie bakery to automotive . . . What a change! In 1956, Kenneth Danner, not desiring the California lifestyle, moved to Denver. Working as a route deliveryman for a pie bakery, he learned the food industry and eventually formed Thompson Pie Co. Baking delicious pies and cakes, in a short time Ken had established a large clientele catering primarily to downtown Denver’s restaurants and cafes. In the early 60’s, Ken took the opportunity to slow down and enjoy life when his major competitor, Puritan Pie Co., offered to buy Thompson Pie Company.

Florian Schmidt was a devoted pie customer and good friends with Ken. Florian worked on cars in his garage and always desired to open an auto body shop. After selling his pie company, Ken and Florian formed a business called Schmidt’s Body Shop.

In 1963, Ken met Dick Catron, the owner of a regional SAAB parts and sales business. Dick opened a retail dealership and commissioned Ken to repair autos that were damaged during transport. In 1969, Ken dissolved his partnership with Florian and started Mile Hi Body Shop.

Gerald Danner (Jerry), was always around the body shop business growing up and had developed a general knowledge of body work and mechanical problems. In the early 1970’s, Jerry took over Mile Hi. By 1977, Mile Hi Body Shop had built a reputation as a one-stop-shop for SAAB body work and repairs. In 1980, Ken Danner turned over the shop to his son Jerry. A couple of years later, the shop had grown and relocated to accommodate a wrecking yard of SAAB cars for used parts.

Customer satisfaction, hard work and the love of SAABs is what motivates Mile Hi Body Shop. As cars get more sophisticated and technology is on the rise, we continually stay in touch with the latest challenges and problems. The foundation established by Kenneth Danner of exceptional customer satisfaction is still our first and foremost goal.

Mile Hi Body Shop, Inc.
519 Lipan Street
Denver, CO 80204-4906

Phone: 800.757.7222

Web: http://www.milehibodyshop.com


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Saab History Welcomes Swedish Motor Cars As Sponsor

Posted on 28. Feb, 2008 by .

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swedish motor cars logo 600 Saab History Welcomes Swedish Motor Cars As Sponsor

Please welcome Saab independent, Swedish Motor Cars of Falls Church, Virginia, as a sponsor with Saab History. Saab Enthusiast owned and operated, Swedish Motor Cars prides themselves on their Saab sales, service and restoration projects and are the most accessible Saab independent in the Washington, D.C. metro region!
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