Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 21:02:56 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Two SAAB family again?


in article dgyPh.89008$ZA5.10477nospamfe15.phx, Rod H at rodhoggnospamnet wrote on 31/03/2007 20:03: > > "Paul Halliday" <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> wrote in message > news:C23434A3.7E3E%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk... >> in article C2343290.7E3B%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk, Paul Halliday at >> pjghnospamyonder.co.uk wrote on 31/03/2007 15:45: >> >>> in article 5ShPh.114089$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 Ah :( I see they're wrapped badly ... Copy and paste the full link from the http:// to the .html and paste into your browser. Essentially, everything inside the < and the >, but not the >> :) > 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. Looking good! Love the "manhole cover" alloy wheels ... We didn't get them over here in the UK. > http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/corn_cam/ doesn't take much to entertain > us in the midwest of usa. I live on top of a hill ... All I see it clouds ... Sideways :) Paul 1989 900 Turbo S http://saab.go.dyndns.org/

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