You don’t get to be as well-loved as what Saab is without having touched a few hearts over the years. Whilst we’re all about new Saabs here at Inside Saab, we know that inside the heart of any Saab enthusiast there’s a place for the classics.
This week’s poll therefore has a touch of nostalgia to it. What if you could flick a switch and get Saab to start building any of the historic models once again? Brand new cars, just as they were sold in the past but with brand new materials. Which model would you choose?
I’ve picked nine models from Saab’s previous generation vehicles for you to choose from. Vote for your favourite, or if you prefer something unlisted, let us know in comments.
Here’s the poll, and there’s a little about the chosen cars below…..
Keep reading to check out a brief on all the individual cars in the poll……
A 7-seat wagon with only two doors and a tailgate? Saab’s little wagon was big on the inside and remains a firm favourite with fans who have a penchant for something different. The Saab 95 was within one place of finishing on the podium of the 1961 Monte Carlo Rally – there’s not many cars with seven seats that can claim that!
Built from 1960 to 1980, the Saab 96 forged a reputation for toughness through its ability to stun more highly fancied cars on the international rally circuit, mostly at the hands of Erik Carlsson. The Saab 96 first appeared with a two-stroke engine and migrated to the V4 in the mid-late 1960’s. It was one of Saab’s longest lived models, bring produced right up until 1980.
Saab Sonett (II and III)
Saab Sonetts, especially the ultra-rare two stroke versions, are fast becoming collectable items when well preserved. The little V4’s are a lightweight dream machine with their fibreglass bodies and minimal equipment. Larger drivers should take care with ingress and egress (this is personal experience speaking here) and spectators should take photos when observing such a phenomenon 🙂
Saab 99 Turbo
The original Black Turbo, shown here in magnificent Acacia Green. First shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show of 1977, the Saab Turbo was regarded as the first ‘family’ car to tame the turbo in a reliable fashion. Carried some of the best wheels and interiors of all time, and responsible for one of the best video reviews in automotive history.
Saab 900 Turbo 16-valve
The first of the 16-valve Saabs. The flat-front Saab 900 Turbo16 was first released with a silver exterior, grey side skirts and ‘oxblood’ interior. There are still a number of these on the road and they look every bit as handsome today as what they did back in the mid 1980s. A popular model with collectors in some markets because they were released prior to unleaded petrol being mandated, and hence don’t require a catalytic converter in those markets.
Saab 900 SPG
OK, SPG is a market specific term, meaning ‘Special Performance Group’ in the US market. This is the later model that’s often referred to as the Aero elsewhere, featuring a more pronounced body kit and deeper wheels. Perhaps the sportiest looking Saab of all time.
Saab 900 Convertible
Saab stunned the world by unveiling a convertible version of the Saab 900 in 1984, with the car finally going into production two years later. Saab’s convertibles have been a cornerstone of the Saab range ever since and the latest iteration, the Independence Edition 9-3 Convertible is limited to just 366 units in 2011. Known as the 4-seasons 4-seater, the Saab convertible is extremely habitable in all conditions and truly shines when the sun comes out (even in low temperatures!).
Saab 9000 Aero
A true versatile classic. Incredible power for it’s time, and a cargo-bay that could swallow a horse. Reputed to be faster at passing speeds than an equivalent Ferrari of the day and capable of getting its executive owners to their destinations in comfort and style. Hardware stores in the morning, the racetrack in the afternoon and to the opera at night. This car could do it all.
Saab 9-3 Viggen
A much maligned car in the press because of it’s outrageous torque-steer, but a much loved Saab amongst the fans. Brutal acceleration and beautiful appointments. The signature color Lightning Blue remains without peer and the badge is still unique in Saab’s history being used for one model only. Many hope for its return.