The Saab 900 debuted here in the 1979 model year and the original version— itself based on the late-1960s Saab 99— stayed in production well into the 1990s. Because Coloradans have loved Saabs for many decades, I still find plenty of these cars during my junkyard journeys, but most of those 900s are late-1980s examples. Today we will admire a very rare early 900 Turbo, found in Denver last month.
TURBO was a truly magical word during the 1980s, and Saab cast one of the best logos ever into the early 900 Turbo’s intake. This car had 135 horsepower, which was serious stuff in 1981 (the BMW 3-Series had a mere 101 horses that year, and even the mighty Corvette had just 190).
The VDO tachometer-och-clock combo gauge is nearly the same as the VDO tachometer-und-clock used in many Mercedes-Benzes of the same era, though the Saab version had wilder coloring.
This car looked to be in pretty decent condition when it got here, despite the mismatched hood, but Denver-area Saab 900 enthusiasts have a glut of project cars available and this one just didn’t manage to find a forever home.
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