I just got word through from Jan-Willem Vester at SaabUSA that they’ve acquired a new vehicle for addition to the GM Heritage collection.
From his email:
Good news — we finally have a classic Saab 900 Turbo 5-door in the collection! It’s just that the car comes without the original engine, interior and TRX wheels, temporarily replaced by newer stuff… But the good news is that the body is largely rust-free and largely complete with the period periscope rearview mirrors, side vents, glass and lights.
Really, quite a find, almost right here on our doorstep! We got wind of this ’80 900T (recognizable by the double taillights) through Jim Laman of the Great Lakes Saab Club, who had been notified that this car was gradually decaying in a less-than-upscale downtown Detroit neighborhood.
As you may know, the first generation 900 Turbo 5-door was only marketed as Saab’s top luxury model in the United States during the ’79 and ’80 model years, before giving way to the slightly less unconventional 4-door sedan. True highlight of the 5-door are of course the rather unusual “opera” side windows in the C-pillars, which – depending on whom you ask – look downright silly, or put it right up there with the Saabiest of Saabs… Well, let’s say that there is at least no shortage of character here!
No matter how you look at it, the pros at the GM Heritage Center have a new object to sink their teeth in…. Most probably a project that we might give the attendees of the forthcoming Saab Owner’s Convention in August a live update on.