Sep 10, 2007 update to the Saab 99 LE project car

Introducing Garfield

Garfield peaks out from his old Kentucky home.
Rear view
Right side
Inside...
and seats
Lee and Jason load the car.
Heading to Florida!

Per has got a pending sale on the Saabaru and in partial trade, it comes with this little gem, an original paint Sunset Orange 1974 EMS. Sounds like we can fix it up as a driver to use daily while the rally car gets more wild. Now to figure out how to get it down here from the Irvine, KY area, and the Saabaru back up there.

Our friend Jason helped us get the car down here from Kentucky this past weekend. Lee Grimes of Koni is the son of the owners and also helped get the car loaded onto Jason’s trailer.

One of the neat things about Garfield is that it comes with the last set of Koni shocks that were made for the 99.

Our plans for the car are to simply treat it as a survivor and get it back on the road as a fun daily driver.

It turns out that the original owner of Garfield wasn’t an employee of cartoonist Jim Davis, it was Jim Davis. Jim owned the car and either sold it or traded it to a car dealership in Muncie, In. (Bradburn Oldsmobile). Richard Ramsdell (Lee Grimes’ step dad) purchased the car and brought it to Kentucky. At one point, a friend of the Ramsdells, Mark Garrett, owned the car for a few years, selling it back to Richard, who kept it until we bought it this past weekend.

It’s kind of fun to trace the history of a new-to-us car, especially when it passes through the hands of friends and relatively famous people.

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