Here’s another quick nugget from my return trip with my Saab 9000 Aero.
The Saab 900 Enduro is a bit like Bigfoot. Everyone’s heard of it, but 99.9% of the people – myself included – have never seen it. Last week, my visit to Saab Salvage in Sydney changed all that. I didn’t get to see an Enduro running, but I did get to set my eyes on not one, but TWO Saab 900 Enduros.
For the unfamiliar, the Saab 900 Enduro was a special edition put together by Saab Australia just after the Saab 900 was introduced. They took a standard 900 Turbo, added some outrageous fibreglass wheel arches, special graphics, Simmons wheels, a special gauge pack in the cabin, substantially tweaked suspension, water injection and an uprated wastegate.
Go and visit Saab900Enduro.com for the full run down.
The Enduro below is the real deal and it’s under reconstruction at the moment. Steve plans to get it running and use it in club events and regularity type rallies – events that will keep it moving and get it seen without taxing it too much.
OK, it’s a little messy and crowded in there at the moment, but that’s life with a rebuild. Steve does it right and this car will eventually look like it just came out of the showroom.
You can see the interior below, which is pretty stock standard for a 900 Turbo of the era. The only change being the extra gauges at the top of the center stack, detailed in the photo underneath.
The Enduro features some funky graphics using the Turbo font first used on the Saab 99 Turbo. Steve’s already got new graphics made up and ready to go.
The car below is best referred to as half an Enduro. And with that, let me make it clear, this is NOT a real Enduro, though of all the stories that might surround the real Enduros, this car would match any of them.
As mentioned earlier, the Saab 900 Enduro was a limited edition. My understanding used to be that only 12 of them were made, but the 900Enduro website states that there were just 11 of them, with the 12th being a reserve body kit only.
Somehow, a Saab dealer in Adelaide got hold of the fibreglass moulds used for the Enduro body kit and started advertising that he could convert 900 Turbos into Enduros for $5,000. His choice of a two-tone 900 as his demonstrator was interesting and I think it actually looks pretty good.
The dealer’s offer came to the attention of the powers that be at Saab and the following proposition was made: he could continue offering his own Enduro kit, but it wouldn’t be as a Saab dealer. Or, he could keep his dealership status and ditch the custom work. He stayed a Saab dealer.
There’s an interesting story surrounding Steve’s acquisition of this car, too. A friend of his let him know that one of the motoring websites here in Australia had an old Saab V4 for sale. It was while Steve was checking out that ad for that car, that he noticed the ad for this Enduro. The owner didn’t really know what he had and was preparing to destroy the car. Thankfully, Steve was able to pick it up and bring it back to his yard in Sydney.
I hope to get a ride in a working Enduro one day, with a video camera along to record the experience. I’m looking forward to Steve finishing the work on these two, one day in the future.