Thanks to Greg, we’ve got some photos from the Saab Owners Convention held last weekend at Stratton Mountain, Vermont, USA.
Greg has a whole album of photos here, but I’ve made a certain selection to show you here (call me biased).
As requested, Greg writes:
The 99 turbo’s are great because it was a landmark car for
Saab – the first Saab turbo, a watershed event. It’s also a rare
car, only 4400 (or so, if I recall correctly) were imported into the
US in 1978.
From a driving standpoint the 99 turbo is also the best of both
worlds – the 99’s generally have a tighter feel than the 900’s,
because they’re shorter and a couple of hundred pounds lighter. I
have been told that the 99’s were the last Saab that was completely
rigid from front to back, because the 900’s were the first Saab to
include crumple zones. As a result the 99’s lack the slight, but
very familiar body flex exhibited by the 900’s. So the 99 turbo is
lighter, tighter and more agile than the 900, but it has 900 turbo
power (well, 145 hp, but still). What’s not to like?
The one thing about the SOC that surprised me was the relative lack
of 99’s — there were only about 5 or 6, compared to the sizeable
number of 96’s and Sonnett’s. I think 99’s are underappreciated —
the classic 900 fans think of them as baby 900’s, and they’re not
“vintage” enough for the vintage Saab fans.
So, first up, a selection of those few-and-far-between 99s at SOC. Click on any of the images to enlarge.
A beautiful black 99 Turbo. Is there a more beautiful sight (other than my Mrs)?
I’d just like to say thanks very much to Greg for allowing me to show these shots. You can view the entire album with 96s, 900s, Verts, a Saab drag racer and even a Saabo caravan by clicking here.
Winner of the 99 concours – a very sweet EMS.
A colour that I’ve never seen for a 99T. Looks quite nice though.
Another red 99. Love the turbo stripe!! I swear – if Austin Powers was based in Sweden, he would have driven one of these.
The silver 99T in detail. I like the clear lenses……very much.
How could I resist this?
A non-99 special:
The 218th Saab ever made. A 1950 model 92.
Note the lack of a trunk in the back.