In November of 2012 my then pride and joy, a 1985 Saab 900 SPG (Sports PackaGe), gave its life for mine when a woman ran a traffic light. I hit her broadside at 50 mph. Though the front was completely destroyed, neither my partner nor I were hurt and I was shocked to find that the doors still opened and closed normally.Â
I spent the next year and a half looking for a replacement before I found this car online, on the other side of the country at a used car dealer in Fremont, California.Â
The first generation of Saab 900 was produced between 1978 and 1993 and is referred to as the â€˜Classicâ€™ to differentiate from the GM derived second generation. Like its predecessor, the Saab 99, the 900 boasts some unusual features such as the â€˜reversedâ€™ engine with power delivered from the crank at the front rather than the rear of the engine, while the gearbox was fitted below the engine, similar in style to the original Mini. The dash is of a curved design to ensure everything is within reach and switchgear ergonomically laid out in order of importance.Â
The Airflow package was dealer installed option which included a badge, deep front and rear air dams, side skirts, and the â€˜whale tailâ€™ spoiler. The problem with the Airflow package was that it pushed the price of a Turbo 900 up past the price of a SPG so very few were sold and from what Iâ€™ve been able to determine, not many survive today.Â
After many emails, FedEx packages, and phone calls, it finally arrived at my home, just outside of Atlanta in Georgia. I knew from the start that it was going to be in need of some love to bring it back to its former glory, but the car was solid and an excellent candidate for restoration.
After doing some rewiring and fabric replacement, it was ready to be repainted, as at some point in its past, it had received a cheap paint job that was now peeling off.Â Â
Iâ€™m fortunate to have found an excellent body shop, where the owner took the car in and stripped it down, repaired a couple door dings, refinished the Airflow panels and re-painted the car in its original â€œMalachite Greenâ€. I couldnâ€™t be happier with the results.Â
Nothing else is engineered, built, or drives like a classic 900. Although few people understand, theyâ€™re my passion and I plan on enjoying many years of sunny weather driving in this one.