Lego Saab 900

I was a big Lego fan when I was a kid, but Lego was pretty basic back then. I know a lot of people kept an interest in what was once just a child’s today and the addition of all sorts of electronics and custom parts means that Lego has grown up along with many of its users.
By the looks of these images, it might just be that there’s even some Lego prototyping software out there!
This model doesn’t seem to make use of any of those sophisticated motors and etc, but I could well see someone putting together a Saab from Lego that moves, steers and maybe even boosts!
From Flickr:
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So, anyone ever tried this? Have photographic evidence? Send it on in.

EnG Convertible Shopping Snippets

In a complete left turn from Swade’s hard-hitting news coverage, I bring you some of the oddities that I’ve run across while shopping for a new convertible. Not really new, but one that’s new to me. After a brief flirtation with the notion of buying a Viggen convertible that’s reasonably close to me, I’ve decided to stay with the C900 for many reasons, but the primary one is personal preference. I’m just a classic 900 guy. The 9-3 convertibles that I’ve driven (I didn’t drive the Viggen) have also convinced me that they are just a touch smaller than I can reasonably drive regularly.
Seeing all of the nutty things that people will do to a car and seeing all of the mistakes that people make while trying to sell a car is just plain fun. You never know what in the heck these people are thinking when they choose their path. Read on for a few Saab oddities…..

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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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4Car reminisce on the Saab 900

4Car freuquently run a number of featurettes. It gives them the chance to say something nice about everyone, I guess, which is a good thing. If you can’t say something nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all (which is why I haven’t written anything on Bob Lutz’s retirement yet)
Ken H sent through a note about one of their latest features, one called Sentimental Attachments, where they list a number of cars they remember fondly and a few of the reasons why.
The Saab 900 is quite rightly remembered thus:

It’s easy to forget how unique the long-nosed 900 looked in the 1980s and how gracefully it aged in the 1990s. In an age of characterless economy-boxes, the born-from-jets design with wraparound windscreen and cockpit-layout dashboard really stood out.
The 900 Turbo was the first turbocharged road car made in any numbers. Purists prefer the early 8-valve version, with wider-spread torque curve, though the later 16-valve models are a little quicker. Both have the requisite Saab quirks, such as ignition situated under the handbrake lever and locking in reverse gear.
So where are they all now? High parts costs and labour charges sent many to the scrapyard, and there are few to choose from in the middle ground between the expensive collectors’ cars and the tatty models in need of restoration. Can’t help but be drawn back to the idea, though.

Unique in design. Unique in engineering.
That’s a much taller order in today’s automotive world, but I’m pretty confident that an independent Saab can do it.
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Photo: Trollhattan Saab 900 photo day.

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