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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 21 Dec 2014 :  18:44:48 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I've been finding out a bit more info on the red pickup...

It's now for sale at Sweedspeed in Holland. And here's where it gets interesting...It had been built at Aston Martin by apprentices.... as a 'study' for Saab to get them into production. Only three examples were built. These cars started life as a 95 V4. Chopped the rear section off and used the tail gate and the rear end of the roof. It all looked right and very professional. It was bought near Northampton from a gentleman who bought it from an Aston Martin dealer.

How true that is - I've no idea, what are the chance that someone in Aston Martin is going to remember building 3 x saab pickups - for Saab!?!

I did cheekily ask how much he'd sell the wheels for and he replied 3,500 and he'd throw in the car!





[IMG]http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q294/UK_Sub/P1030934_zpsaa9cf764.jpg










Edited by - UK_Sub on 21 Dec 2014 18:51:50
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James Ranaldi
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1350 Posts

Posted - 21 Dec 2014 :  20:24:47 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I like that Great detective work Simon. The price has gone up slightly during it's journey from Sweden.

Can anyone explain why the V4 bonnet doesn't follow the lines of the wings ? They always look half shut !

Cheers

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 900i Convertible

Edited by - James Ranaldi on 21 Dec 2014 20:26:43
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 21 Dec 2014 :  21:53:00 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The whole Aston Martin thing seems a bit of a tall story to me.

The guy that's been telling me about the pickups, said two survive, his one, another waiting restoration, the third was written off. He ALS thinks this red one isn't his old one!?

Hopefully he's going to send some photos at some point.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 21 Dec 2014 :  22:36:53 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I've heard that Aston Martin story before, no idea if it's true.

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
740 Posts

Posted - 22 Dec 2014 :  15:41:46 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by James Ranaldi
I like that Great detective work Simon. The price has gone up slightly during it's journey from Sweden.

Can anyone explain why the V4 bonnet doesn't follow the lines of the wings ? They always look half shut !

Cheers

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 900i Convertible



Something is clearly wrong with the bonnet/wing/front grill fitting. Unfortunately aftermarket wings were never a very good fit (you can see the whole of the fasteners all the way up between the wing and bonnet on many when you look front the front, which shouldn't be so) I was also told some of the original SAAB wings were not a great fit either.

Having worked on 1960's Land Rovers more recently 1/2" gap or misalignment isn't uncommon

What a way to present a car for sale, hideous bonnet scoop, the paint job looks hand done and the rust is coming through and I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole for that price. Like Simons idea of trying to get the wheels though

1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 22 Dec 2014 15:45:55
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3-V4
Starting Member

Netherlands
26 Posts

Posted - 22 Dec 2014 :  16:26:09 Show Profile Reply with Quote
There is another red 95 pick up in the Netherlands with the same Aston story. Recently there was a message on the dutch forum about it.
Can't find it anymore.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 22 Dec 2014 :  16:30:34 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
That was the same car iirc.

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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3-V4
Starting Member

Netherlands
26 Posts

Posted - 22 Dec 2014 :  16:38:05 Show Profile Reply with Quote
No, it's not the same car.
This pick up was sold a couple of years ago in the Blesse and was respayed in Wolvega.
That's a couple of hunderds km away from Sweedspeed.
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 23 Dec 2014 :  17:23:10 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The guy that owned one of the Aston Martin pickups - says this one (above) isn't the same one he had, but it is a RHD red pickup, which is probably where the confusion come from.

Having said that - the Aston Martin story came from the guy above, so that doesn't help.

Hopefully get to the bottom of it all soon.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 23 Dec 2014 :  17:27:03 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Worth a magazine article!

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 06 Jan 2015 :  12:27:39 Show Profile Reply with Quote
pickup pressed into service again - off to the tip with the tree...


Now she's up and running, hopefully I can get some work done, but a trip to Coltech Classics beckons first. Hopefully I'll get the nod to take it down there soon...
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 15 Jan 2015 :  14:57:49 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Been playing with photoshop...

how I want it to look in the end...


roof chopped?


my homage to the Hot Wheels Deora

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john-saab
Administrator

United Kingdom
2647 Posts

Posted - 15 Jan 2015 :  19:16:03 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Like the 1st one a lot...the last one is just silly.

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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James Ranaldi
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1350 Posts

Posted - 15 Jan 2015 :  21:22:59 Show Profile Reply with Quote
First one looks cool but will it be driveable ?

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 900i Convertible
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 16 Jan 2015 :  09:17:56 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Ha! You might be right, there might have to be some compromise between it's current ride height and actually sitting on the floor ;)
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