Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 14:03:34 -0500 From: "Rod H" <rodhoggnospamnet> Subject: Re: Two SAAB family again?
"Paul Halliday" <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> wrote in message news:C23434A3.7E3E%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk... > in article C2343290.7E3B%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk, Paul Halliday at > pjghnospamyonder.co.uk wrote on 31/03/2007 15:45: > >> in article 5ShPh.114089$Ko5.32258nospamfe08.phx, Rod H at rodhoggnospamnet >> wrote on 31/03/2007 01:23: >> >>> I have a boss that sez he wants a saab just like >>> mine. but it has to be a convertible. I don't know if I have seen a >>> 1985 >>> convertible. (there is not that many cars of my era driving around in >>> my >>> neck of the woods). does anyone know the history of saab convertible. >>> I >>> know that for a while there were no american companys producing >>> convertible. >>> I thought it was in the 80's. >> >> I take it that your drive a 1985 model? "Tabitha" is a 1992 model year, >> BTW. >> >> Okay ... Here goes ... >> >> Before the SAAB 900 convertible existed, Lynx Engineering (based in the >> UK) >> built two conversions; a red one and a blue one. I know the whereabouts >> of >> the blue one, but the red one continues to elude me. >> <http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/1984_900i_lynx_con >> vertible.html> >> >> Inspired, SAAB cooked up a production model convertible: >> <http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/1986_my_convertibl >> e.html> >> >> These "flat nose" convertibles are rare ... Very rare. I have seen one or >> two come up on eBay now and again, but don't expect to find one easily. >> That >> said, they were in full production from late 1986, so finding one of the >> early ones and retro-fitting a flat front - headlamps, grille, bumpers, >> side >> stripes - would give the same effect. >> >> I have seen an odd looking convertible that had the flat front bumpers >> and >> side stripes fitted, but the sloped headlamps were left on. That was a >> custom job and actually it looked pretty sharp. >> >> Where are you from? Certain markets got particularly desirable >> convertibles, >> as special editions. >> >> Springtime in Sweden (1988) US Market: >> <http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/1988_sis.html> >> Monte Carlo (1991) US ... The European Markets: >> <http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/1991_monte_carlo.h >> tml> >> 900S Aero (1993) UK Market (part of "The Classic Collection): >> <http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/1993_900s_aero_con >> vertible_uk_special.html> >> 900 T16S Aero (1993) UK Market (again, part of "The Classic Collection"): >> <http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/1993_t16s_converti >> ble_uk_special.html> >> Commemorative Edition (CET) (1994) US Market: >> <http://www.pjgh.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/saab/specials/pages/1994_cet_convertib >> le.html> >> >> 1994 was the final model year for the classic 900 convertible. It overran >> the production of the hard top by one year, while the new GM/SAAB 900 >> convertible was prepared. > > Oh duh! Yes ... Valmet cooked up the prototype for SAAB, who put it into > production. I have yet to write the page for Valmet's contribution to the > classic 900, but in the meantime: > > <http://www.saabphotos.com/gallery/Orca_C900SE/Valmet_Convertible_001> > <http://www.saabphotos.com/gallery/Orca_C900SE/Valmet_Convertible_002> > > ... at the little Valmet museum in Finland. They made up a full C900 > limousine (as distinct from the CD model) and experimented with a twin > B202 > engine V8 ... And ... A 1600CC B201 (8V) engine!!! > > There's also some talk of a Dutch edition, known as the "Royal Viking", > but > I have yet to confirm that one. I think it was a dealer edition: > > <http://www.saabphotos.com/gallery/albums/Orca_C900SE/11515852_2_big_gen.jpg >> > <http://www.saabphotos.com/gallery/albums/Orca_C900SE/11515852_4_big_gen.jpg >> > > Paul > > 1989 900 Turbo S > http://saab.go.dyndns.org/ > > thanks for the information. could not get some of your links to work the .pigh.pwp links did not work for me. (with the exception of springtime in sweden) my saab is living with me in nebraska u.s.a. Sally was indeed born in 1985. my wife caught me looking at you pictures. she thinks i am a geek I can just hear her conversations at the water cooler at her work. others are saying "I caught my husband looking at porn on the internet" then my wife pipes in "well I caught myyy husband looking at pix of saabs on the internet" http://nebraskahotrod.spaces.live.com pix of my car last summer. I wanted to take pix with a different setting but my wife would not agree. wanted to have her in car with cornfield behind car. I figure if you live near ocean you have pix of ocean. If you live near mountains you have pix of mountains. desert pix of desert. I live near cornfields. http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/corn_cam/ doesn't take much to entertain us in the midwest of usa. rod