(Editor's note: In response to an article I wrote about Saab's resurgence, a reader emailed me detailing his love for the venerable Swedish automobile. Here is his Saab story. Readers, if you share your "Wheels" thoughts and stories with me, I will write and post them.)
An accident on Interstate 95 with a tractor-trailer -- that could have been a lot worse -- got Benjamin Palmer hooked on Saabs . "It was a white 1988 four-door hard-top. I was able to drive it home after the accident." No one had to sell him on Saab's safety features after that particular event. In fact, no one had to sell him on Saabs at all.
Ben, 57, works "at the front desk of the Senior Center in Westport ," where he grew up. He also works part-time as a hairdresser. He lives in Bridgeport, where his driveway will only accommodate one Saab. Otherwise, he says, he'd own as many as he could find.
"I am on my sixth Saab since 1995," says Ben, who loves the "old style, 900 series" of vehicles. He owned a gray, 1989, two-door hatchback, which he "had for a couple of years until I gave it to my nephew for his first car." He's also owned a eucalyptus-green, 1991 (900S) convertible whose odometer, it was later determined (by Judge Judy's husband, Judge Jerry) on People's Court, had been wound back by 75,000 or so miles. But he still loved it (and, per court order, the dealer bought back the car from him a year and a half later).
What are his favorite Saab attributes? For starters, he says, "The handling is incredible." But he also enjoys the "comfort of the seats." His list continues with the way the car just plain "feels," and how it handles "incredibly well" on the road.
But it is the Saab-owner camaraderie that continues to thrill Ben. "I love the way Saab owners look at each other on the road." It feels, he says as if he's part of a community.
"I've been told that people love Saabs or hate them," he says. Benjamin Palmer has made his stance on the subject abundantly clear.
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