Here’s Why People Love Saab Cars

Here’s Why People Love Saab Cars


welcome to wacky Wednesday’s where
everyone has a chance to show off their car mods, and here’s this week’s winner,
I want to give a thanks to Scotty Kilmer for allowing me to show off one of my
six saabs, the one I’m going to show you is in 1986 Saab 900, it’s the SPG model
so let’s uncover it go for a little ride and now I’ll give you a tour
this car has an interesting history, I live in Birmingham Alabama this car
started out its life in Birmingham Alabama, 1986 it was purchased at Bart
Starr motors, yes that Bart Starr in 1962 Ford Thunderbird was traded in for this
thing, the cost was $22,000 that’s in 1986, 22,000 1986 dollars is like fifty
thousand dollars today, it’s a lot of money
Saab’s weren’t cheap, now it’s a dead car brand and you can buy them for peanuts
but then you had to be a dentist or a lawyer or a doctor or an architect or an
engineer or somebody pretty well off to buy one of these things, here in the South
there weren’t that many saabs, so somebody buying one in Birmingham Alabama was
kind of an unusual event, well the car spent most of it’s life in Birmingham
got regular service, oil changes it’s all documented I have the paperwork for that
but after a while, I guess the guy got a hankering to move on and traded it in
the car went to Mississippi for a little while and then to Missouri, something
came up with a job change and he sold it to me, I brought it back to Birmingham
I’ve had it for Oh probably about nine months now, I completely renovated the
interior, I reworked one of the seats, the rest of the interior was
pretty good but I ripped it all out, pressure washed the carpets, and really
spiffed it up, this really is rolling restoration, when I got it it had some
rust holes in the passenger floor pan from a drain pan leak, had that all
welded up, and reinstalled the Interior after that, also installed some sport
Springs and coney adjustable shocks, it made a world of difference after all the
old stuff was 33 years old, this thing drives like it’s on Rails now and the
engine even though it’s got over 270,000 miles runs great, these things are
subject to cracked dashboards and the previous owner shelled out over 2000
bucks to get a crack free dash and I’m enjoying that right now thank you
previous owner, all right some of the quirky things about this car which makes
it unique and why I like it, the ignition is in between the seats, the vents right
here don’t put heat out, there fresh air vents, I guess the engineers at Saab
thought that if you were driving and the car got to warm you’d want some fresh
air in your face, a lot of people don’t know that about these cars, so it doesn’t
matter what you have the fan on and you put it here it’s gonna blast away
another thing is this grab bar, these are manually adjustable seats and so the
front passenger has the bar to grab onto to pull the seat forward if need be, so
that’s pretty neat, simple no bells and whistles, simple elegance I call it, the
Saab engineers did things for a reason buttons and controls were put within
easy reach, so you wouldn’t have to take your eye off the road, and they
prioritized where they place things, for instance the radio
most often adjusting the radio is up high, so you don’t really have to deviate
from the road while you’re adjusting it Saab was actually and still is an
aircraft company automobiles, automobiles they got
too late in the game but this is kind of reminiscent of a cockpit, Saab engineers
were really tricky too, they made it such that you couldn’t take the key out unless
the car was in reverse, I speculate that the reason they did that primarily
was that they liked to be unique, they didn’t want to be like any
other car manufacturer, they claimed though that it’s a security feature and
also they got the key away from your knee in case of a crash, I think it’s
kind of neat having the key down there it is kind of susceptible to spills etc
but no biggie cuz Saab didn’t put cupholders in these things, well unless
you consider this cup holder, I’ve done my own little modification for a cup
holder, and armrest this came out of a Volvo 850, I modified
it, matched the leather and it looks great now look at that windshield, it’s a
wraparound windshield, the visibility in this thing is awesome,
and then the Headroom you feel like you’re driving in a airplane
hangar, I’m not big but there’s at least seven or eight inches between the top of
my head and the top of the roof, a well-designed car, the Saab 900 is a car
that was made by Saab Automobile from 78 until 98 two generations, first
generation was from 78 and 93 and is known as the classic such as this one
here, the classic 900 is based on the Saab 99 chassis though with a longer
front-end to meet US frontal crash regulations, the 900 was produced in two
and four-door sedan and like this one the three-door hatchback and also 5-door
hatchback, additionally from 86 a convertible was introduced, all in all
nine hundred and eight thousand eight hundred and seventeen Saab 900s were
built, including forty eight thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight
convertibles in total there are 7,621 SPG’s imported
into this country during their run, in 86 there were fourteen hundred ninety-eight
of them, and you could get any color as long as you chose Edwardian gray which
is what this one is, being such a low volume manufacturer any saab limited
edition model is considered a rarity, the same car in Europe was marketed as the
arrow, but since GM owned the rights to the name arrow it went by SPG special
performance group in this country, these things had no distinctive badging to
identify it as an SPG, you just kind of had to know what you were getting,
and maybe Saab wanted to have a sleeper in their fleet who knows, SPG’s had
some performance and appearance upgrades in the later years of the SPG’s got
boost in horsepower, and also the later years had some upgraded suspension
components but in general these are the most collectible of the 900 series, the
body side panels and also the three spoke wheels were designed to reduce
drag coefficient and the top speed on these things was somewhere around 130
miles an hour, this particular car here has a horsepower of only 165 horses but
it’s no slouch, one of the neatest and most interesting features of this car is
the way this hood opens, clamshell hood just love it, the Saab 900 is a
front-engine front-wheel-drive car with a longitudinally mounted 45 degrees
slanted inline four-cylinder engine, like its predecessor the 99 the 900 contained
a number of unusual design features that distinguish it from most other cars,
firstly the engine is installed backwards, the power delivered from the
crank at the front of the car, secondly the transmission technically a transaxle bolted
directly to the bottom of the engine to form the oil pan, the car is not large but
it has an immense interior, there is 51
cubic feet of storage back here, I’ve got mine set up with the toolbox hanging off
of the parcel shelf the usual place for this is underneath floor, I did that
because I also mounted my battery under the floor in the void where the spare
tire well is, look you can sleep back here if you had to, people have been
known to transport a couch or a refrigerator in the back here, all in all
the hatchback design is a very functional interior design, these cars
are appreciating in value as a matter of fact just today on bring a trailer, a
1990 SPG fetched ten thousand five hundred dollars, and mine is in much
better shape, in 1987 the 900 underwent a facelift with a different front, and
treatment, different grille a sloping grille and headlight arrangement, I have
to mention that it’s not just the cars that make this worthwhile, it’s the
people involved, the groups, the forums the other people who keep these cars
going, sharing information makes it all worthwhile
so that’s it, Thank You Scotty for letting me show
off my car, I know how you feel about saabs but this one I hope will change
your mind, Saab on, what sobbing we will go Oh
sobbing we will go heigh ho the derry-o a sobbing we will go, well that was this
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