Friday, December 23, 2016

Viking tupperware: 1988 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible

It may be me, but the classic Saab 900's seem to be aging very well and are a standout from the 1980's time period .  Their distinctive shape really stand out amongst the anodyne designs found on the road today.  The sleekest and most rare body kit for these cars was called the Air Flow.  Find this 1988 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible Airflow for sale somewhere in Vermont for $4,000 via craigslist.

This car is a running and driving project that the owner estimates is capable of 400 horsepower with some further work.  The car was originally from California and is claimed to be 95% rust free.  The engine has roughly 3000 miles on it since a rebuild.

The heady list of modifications include: custom header, 3" downpipe and exhaust, Garret hybrid GT3582 turbo, 550 cc injectors, front mount intercooler, custom camshafts, 2.3 head, spec stage 3 clutch with aluminum flywheel, quaife limited slip differential, 17" Motegi wheels, drilled/slottted rotors, koni shocks, Luisi steering wheel, crack free dash, extra gauges, and new steering rack.

The seller does not detail what is needed to make the car 100%.  Classic 900s can be converted to the infinitely tune-able T5 engine management found on newer Saab 9000s.  I got a ride in a converted car and it had none of the turbo lag these cars are legendary for.  The biggest downside to any modified classic 900 is the fragile 5 speed gearbox.  Manual gearboxes are a consumable item on even a stock 900 turbo.  

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Cory has begun work on his new 1995 Mercedes C36 project car


  1. Engine capable of making 400hp, trans capable of accepting 200hp. A great match. IMO it'd be more valuable completely stock

    1. I had similar thoughts. Also, who really wants a 400hp FWD car?

  2. I test drove a standard turbo back in the early 2000s, and thought, "Whoa, torque steer!"
    With double the torque, this thing must be a largely unguidable cruise missile.


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