MSN: The 900, A Cool Car!

Probably even cooler in yellow!
Probably even cooler in yellow!

MSN’s website features a gallery of 51 cool cars. SAAB 900 is of course among them.

Out-of-the-box thinking shouldn’t care what people think. On that note, here’s a front-driver with its engine mounted backward and heeled way over to fit the transmission, with visibility so good it seems you’re outside, but with heated Swedish seats, so you don’t feel like you are. And driving it is so fantastic, you don’t care how it looks. But it looks cool.

(h/t Paul in comments)

The Story of Martin’s C900 T16S (updated)

SaabsUnited received this fantastic story from Martin who lives in South Wales of a restoration project that took just over six months to complete with fantastic results. I have placed a couple of small pictures here on the page but quite a few more will arrive in the post tomorrow (please see bottom of article) and I’ll publish them for you all to see.

Here are Martin’s words.

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Saab 900 Classic Day at Le Bourget Paris 3rd of April 2011

Small reminder for those of you near Paris this Sunday.
The owners of Saab Classic 900’s are invited to join together with other Classic 900’s at the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget. As well as many 900’s visiting the museum on the day you will see many Saab planes there including the Saab Lansen J32E, 91 B Safir, J29 F Tunnan and the famous Sk 37E Viggen.
In 2010 there were 110 Saab 900’s from France, Belgium, England and Switzerland on the tarmac despite a lot of rain.

EnG Breaking the Tension Snippets

OK — for all of you out there biting your nails wondering if your Saab dealer was fired or was re-knighted as a purveyor of fine Swedish metal, I offer these small diversions to ease the tension that you may feel….
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First, the fleet at the EggsNGrits manse has grown large. Four vehicles for two drivers is a bit much. But they look so good in the driveway.

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Click through the jump at the bottom for more pics of the “new guy”, my “new” 1991 Saab 900 Turbo convertible in Edwardian Grey. I love driving that car! More on that in a future post.
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General Motors has repaid another 200 Million Euros from its May 2009 bridge loan from the German government, and confirms that the remainder (400 Million Euros) will be repaid within the month.
Certainly, this signals that Opel and Vauxhall are at least holding their own in the European market. If they are counting on labor concessions, our old pal Klaus Franz, the head of the German auto workers union representing the Opel Russelheim workers, calls the GM plan “a farce” and says that, “there won’t be a single cent’s worth of concessions from workers to back [GM’s plan]”. As you may recall, Mr. Franz demanded that Saab assembly work should be transferred to Russelheim to meet contractual increases at the expense of the Trollhattan labor force.
My word to Klaus Franz: those karma paybacks are pretty stiff, aren’t they? I think that you’ll get what you deserve and more from GM. The gloves are off and they’re going to make money, even if that means making lots and lots of cars in Korea.
I, for one, am glad that Saab’s future will be only loosely tied to you!
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Finally, how’s this for contrarian thinking: A Saab dealership that’s expanding!
Well, actually, Valenti Saab, a Watertown, Connecticut dealer, will move the Saab showroom into a new building rather than have Saab share space with the VW and Audi cars in their current space.
Hey, if they need more room, I call that an expansion in this day and time!
Congratulations, Valenti.
(And a note to Mr. Taylor, the newspaperman that wrote the story: Saab is in Sweden, not in Switzerland. We’ll keep that between us.)

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EnG Snippets – Eclectic Edition

Ladies and Gentlemen, there is simply too much pent-up content sitting in my bookmarks not to share, but how to do it? There’s no theme, just bits and pieces. Most unrelated. Hence the title of this post. It could have easily been “Clear the Attic Edition”.
The Saab “Changing Perspectives” web site has launched.
This is the online companion piece to the recent television advertisement released by Saab.
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I like it — it’s playful without being too silly. However, “driving” a Sharpie isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
More after the jump….

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One Steven Wade of Hobart, Australia cited in the Wall Street Journal

It’s one of the most storied news outlets on the planet, and our own host, Swade, has found favor with a Wall Street Journal columnist who wrote about his first auto purchase. Issac S, Yoder contemplated the purchase of a C900 convertible, running, for just US$1.
As you may recall, Swade offered his opinion of the car and its possibilities early last month here on SaabsUnited. It’s a great read. Have a look if you missed it.
The news worthy portion of the column:
After months of our discussing the $1 car a friend was offering me, many readers were excited to hear in our July 4 column that I finally bought it.
“You’re going to have the best companion one could possibly ask for in all of this — a Saab 900 convertible,” writes Steven Wade of Hobart, Australia, in an open letter to me on his Saab blog, saabsunited.com. “You’ve bought one of the most distinctive and individual cars that money can buy.”

The entire column is here.
Well done, Swade!

Great Men of Saab: Bob Sinclair

I thought it fitting to re-post this article from the TrollhattanSaab.net archives in the week of Mr. Sinclair’s passing. I know that a few readers, Grippen in particular, knew Bob Sinclair and admired his knowledge, wisdom and attitude. I’m forever in his debt as the driving force behind the hugely popular Saab 900 convertible, which I’m proud to own.
The reprint is after the jump.

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EnG C900 Convertible Update — Am I crazy for considering an automatic?

As the title suggests, I am seriously considering an automatic in my next C900 convertible. I’ve been a stickler about all of my Saabs having a manual transmission. So much so that I went well out of my way to get a 9-5 with the manual.
However, circumstances have significantly changed for me with the new company car in the driveway and the fact that my travels will be much more weighted locally rather than halfway across the country each week as I’m prone to do now. In the past, I could let my wife drive the company vehicle virtually 100% of the time since my car is parked at the airport 3-4 days per week anyway. Thus, she willl need a car that she can easily drive when I’m away in Memphis or Louisville for two days or so.
Additionally, there seems to have been a very strong preference for the automatic transmission in the 900 convertibles when new. I estimate that the availability here in the United States is about 3:1 automatic-to-manual transmission. Quite simply, I’m ruling out some cars in great condition if I don’t consider an automatic.
On the flip side, I could be rid of the 9-5, replace with a daily driver for my wife, and get the manual 900 ‘vert for me. However, I like the brownie points of letting my wife drive the convertible when I’m gone. She really enjoys that idea.
Feedback requested.
For an idea of the current cars that I have to choose from, take the jump.

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