Saab Pride in Yonkers

It’s time for another entry in the Trollhattan Saab Pride of Ownership competition, sponsored by me and by Elkparts.

Click on the link above to see all the conditions and prizes. Today’s entry comes from Tim S in New York and is being re-run as Tim’s added some more eloquent prose 🙂


Yonkers, New York isn’t known for much, but it is home to my choice of landmark for this contest, the Bronx River parkway. Completed in 1925, the 4 laned (2 north, 2 south) 23.9 mile was the first highway in America, running from the Castle Hill section of the Bronx to the Kensico Dam in Westchester County. A majority of the highway runs through parkland, and runs parallel to the Bronx River and Metro-North’s Harlem line. Despite narrow roads and a 40mph speed limit, it is a fun road to drive, of course providing there isn’t a behemoth SUV in the lane next to you, then it becomes hair-raising, owning a turbo Saab is definitely a benefit driving this road. Several miles of the roadway are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The car is a 1990 900 Turbo, fairly new to me, and given the color combination (black exterior, tan interior) I’m leaning towards the nickname Guinness. This is the 10th car I’ve owned, 6th Saab and 4th Classic 900. The pictures were taken on the Southbound side in Yonkers at a one time gas station and information booth converted into a Westchester County police Substation.

NY Saab

Owning a Saab has got to be one of the most influential and best choices I ever made. Surely its given me a fair share of heartache but to be able to turn heads and remind people of days past is amazing. In the short time of my ownership I’ve received many compliments on this car, and people have commented on how they or someone they knew had an “old Saab like that” and people have asked to sit in it, which I gladly allow. The previous owner was sad to give this car up, but was glad to hear it was going to someone who would appreciate it as much as they did. There is an unexplainable bond that Saabs and their owners seem to have, but its what we all have in common, a brotherhood that is recognized, celebrated and appreciated on each corner of the globe.

The parkway and Bronx River act as a border in some places. A brief history of the Bronx River Parkway can be found here.


Tim bought his 1990 Saab 900 just a few months ago and it’s looking very sweet in basic black!

Tim 900

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  1. Thanks for the thoughts and compliments everyone!
    Mike, next town up is Eastchester and Scarsdale, Pelham and New Rochelle (where I went to high school, Iona Prep on Wilmot Rd) is to the east of Yonkers, and Mount Vernon is between Yonkers and Pelham and New Rochelle. I drove a cab for a few months when I was 19 so I know my way around the area pretty well 😉

    Time has been very good to this car, and for being a coastal CT car, chemistry has been kind to her too, with the exception of my Cali/Arizona/North Carolina 86 9000, this is the most rust free car I’ve owned.

  2. I should also add that if you are ever in the NYC area in springtime or during the foliage, this is a beautiful road to drive, however even with the bare trees its the best looking landmark in Yonkers, the only other “landmarks” I could think of in Yonkers was the grammar school Linda Lovelace (a/k/a Deep Throat) attended, or the apartment building where David Berkowitz, better known as the “Son of Sam”, was caught.

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