Autocar on the Saab 99Turbo

I was just doing a little Googling of stories to do with the 99T. A little dydreaming to pass the time while I wait for someone to buy the MX-5.
I came upon this gem and couldn’t resist sharing it here, for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the 99T is my favourite Saab of all time because it’s the start of the turbo revolution and holds a specuial place in Saab’s history because of that.
Aside from that, though, there’s also a message here for the Koenigsegg Group and the new Saab Automobile:
Build cars about which the press will write things like this again and all should go well.

Very occasionally a car comes along which shocks the staff of Autocar out of our complacency: a car which is not simply fast, but one which is unpredictably thrilling.Such a car is Saab’s Turbo. It’s not the quickest car we’ve tested, or the best-looking. But we will remember it long after many exotica have faded from our minds. For it is such a surprising package, full of interest and excitement.Yet the Saab is essentially a very untrendy design. It will be sought after by those who value engineering quality rather than style, and relish the thought of owning a powerful car that is, for the present anyway, so mechanically unorthodox.

From Autocar’s original road test of the Saab 99 Turbo in 1978.
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And whilst we’re talking about Saab 99T’s, the Saabs United Historic Rally Team just picked up a roll cage!

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