Draken Is Mine: 1978 Saab 99 EMS

If you’ve paid close attention to the posts on this site, you may have seen a failed attempt for this writer to pick up a classic Citroën DS wagon — it didn’t work out and I still harbor homicidal feelings towards the low down son-of-a-gun who bought that from under me…ANYWAY…I am still in the market for a low buck classic/funky driver to pick up for fun and this 1978 Saab EMS offered from a very reputable West LA Saab mechanic is going to be mine…ALL MINE.

As you are reading this post, I will be handing over my cold hard cash and picking up this well loved and used Saab 99 EMS.  The car has been owned, maintaned and mildly upgraded by local Saab mechanic Walter Wong of Right Solution Auto Repair who is a legend among Saab owners in these parts and originally worked on cars out of his home, (even doing house calls back in the day).  Walter purchased the car from its original owner about 15 years ago and has used it to haul a Saab trailer and drive all over the place.  This car was originally slated to be given to his eldest son, but the younger Wong wanted something newer with power steering and an automatic transmission, so Walter put this car for sale to find a new home.

Yesterday, CFlo & I took Draken on a test drive and poked around – it seems mechanically very solid, many of the parts have been upgraded to Saab 900 parts and the interior is in great shape.  The paint is original and thin/faded in spots, but has a nice patina that is best left alone.  It will need some attention (new steering wheel cover, hook up center console gauges, radio fix) but with any luck I will be the proud new owner of Draken, complete with blue personalized plates in a few minutes.  Will keep ya posted.

-Vince, DT Editor-in-Chief.

Update 2:30pm — Yes, the Draken is mine.  DT’s own Editor, Co-Founder and Serial Car Purchaser CFlo help me get Draken home around lunch time today.

Sorry about the iphone pics – full writeup with DSLR pics will be coming.