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Rare Rides: A Very Special 1979 Saab 900

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Portland appears to be a relative scorching spot for previous, nicely-maintained Saabs, and Rare Rides coated this Portland-based mostly ninety nine beforehand. And whereas that little blue sedan racked up 195,000 miles, at this time’s 900 has coated a number of occasions greater than that. Simply how far can an previous Saab go?

Although Saab’s ninety nine mannequin remained in manufacturing from 1968 to 1984, its eventual alternative, the 900, began manufacturing in 1978 for the ’seventy nine mannequin yr. Saab saved as a lot money as they might and based mostly the brand new 900 on the previous ninety nine. Although the 900 was bigger on the surface, it retained the identical ninety nine-inch wheelbase beneath. Its dimensional revisions allowed for an necessary development and continued gross sales: A new, longer entrance finish which was compliant with American crash laws.

Launched with the 900 have been a brand new collection of “B” inline-4 engines, all of them two liters of displacement. In 1979, the singular B engine was out there in three totally different variations based mostly on fuel administration. The bottom mannequin GL had a single carburetor and one hundred horsepower, whereas the center youngster GLs upped the carbs to 2, and horsepower to 108. Upscale EMS and GLE trims have been blessed with the comfort of fuel injection, and 118 horsepower. The top was in fact the Turbo model, an concept which Saab tried out (with success) on the previous ninety nine. The Turbo upped the facility ante to one hundred forty five. Transmissions on supply have been a 4-velocity guide or three-velocity automated.

For the primary couple mannequin years, solely the three- and 5-door hatchbacks have been out there. Saab didn’t need to give in to the tasteless of sedan, however caved to supplier strain for the extra physique type. That was the primary of many incremental modifications Saab made to their 900. An engine right here, a trim tweak there, and an enormous facelift in 1987 introduced the 900 to the looks most individuals think of once they hear the identify.

The 900 remained a ninety nine beneath till the 1995 mannequin yr. At that time the New Era 900 debuted on the GM2900 platform it shared with the Opel Vectra and Saturn L. The 900 identify went away for 1999, when the up to date GM2900 model turned the 9-three, and arrange the start (or center) of the top, because it have been.

As we speak’s Rare Journey is an higher-center trim EMS, from the very first mannequin yr. Completed in a enjoyable shade of inexperienced, the interior wears a number of tones of lime, darkish lime, and emerald. The odometer reads a surprising 690,949 miles, made much more unimaginable by way of the supplier’s report that that is the second odometer. The primary odometer was modified out at 200,000 miles; for non-maths individuals, that’s very almost 900,000 miles traveled beneath the care of a singular proprietor.

For those who ignore the circa 2004 aftermarket audio, all seems wonderful and interval-right, carried off on beautiful Inca wheels. This testomony to the longevity of the Saab 900 is yours for $four,500.

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