There’s a guy here in Tasmania who has not only cornered the local market on Saab 99s, but has also gathered quite a collection of rims over the last few years.
I refer, of course, to “Saabill”.
In a previous post about the 900 Aero I’m picking up later this week, it came to my attention that I most likely wouldn’t be able to put Super Aero rims on it. When Bill linked to an auction with some Minilites for sale in Germany I joked that I should photoshop the Aero to see what the Minilites would look like on it.
Bill’s gone one better and emailed me a bunch of pics of his ’93 Saab 900 T16 with a variety of wheels fitted so that we can all get a look. The 85 I’m picking up is a different color and is a little more like a 99 with it’s flat nose – but these make for quite an interesting comparison and a set of silver minilites wouldn’t look too bad at all. I’d retain the Aero rims as well, of course, but the ability to have a little variety would be nice.
Click on any of the images to enlarge.
First, the original “softspoke” alloys that came with the car:
Second, a set of 16″ cross-spoke alloys. Classic look, but tedious to clean IMHO:
Third, a set of Super Incas, which I think were first seen on EMS versions of the 900:
And finally, a set of Minilites. Perhaps the 99T to the left gives a better impression as to what a set of these might look like on my 85 Aero. It’s lighter in color, like mine, and has the flatter nose like mine.
I’ll be in Sydney for a day when I pick up the car and Melbourne for a day on my way back to Hobart, so it might be a good chance to check the Saab recyclers and see if there’s some there.
Just in case.