Last month we had an ongoing interest in a poll being conducted at CAR Magazine’s website.
The topic up for public voting was What is the hottest hot hatch of all time? and the Saab 99 Turbo was listed by CAR Magazine as one of the candidates. Naturally, this piqued the interest of we Saab enthusiasts.
When we joined the poll, the 99T had a mere 26 votes. By the end of the poll, with a number of Saab forums joining the effort, the 99T finished a clear 2nd with 5,800 votes, around a thousand votes behind the Lancia Delta Intergrale.
As the poll drew to a close, I wrote an open letter to the editors of CAR Magazine imploring them to consider the 99T on its merits. It’s not a traditional hot hatch as they’ve come to be know, but it was a hatch and it definitely was hot for it’s time.
SU regular, 99GL, has just opened his recently acquired new edition of CAR Magazine and they have a comment about the poll on page 81:
We asked you via our website to tell us which was the greatest hot hatch of all time and 25,524 of you did just that. And if you frequented Saab forum trollhatten.net [sic] you also told your wives, brothers and neighbours to tell us too, you cheating swines – so the 99 Turbo nearly walked away with the top honours. A great car, but not that great.
Fortunately justice prevailed and the Lancia Delta Integrale pipped it at the post with 28% of the votes… “
Cheating swine, eh?!
Incorrect reference to the website, eh?!
If you CAR people exit your building one dark rainy night and see a set of old 1970s Saab headlamps bearing down upon you, I think you can be faily confident it’s not a pizza delivery.
Well done everyone who participated.