Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 14:45:23 GMT From: Paul Halliday <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> Subject: Re: Two SAAB family again?
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. Paul 1989 900 Turbo S http://saab.go.dyndns.org/