Pigs, Ponchielli, and the Saab 9000
Remember when Saabs roamed the streets? Sure, there's plenty still out there today but they're mostly the GM Saabs. You know what I'm talking about. Badge-engineered late models like the 9-3 or 9-5, or that horrendous mutation known as the 9-2X...a Subaru WRX that pretended it was Swedish. There's no excuse for what GM did to Saab. That's all the reason why more vintage Saabs should make a comeback, including the first of the badge-engineered Saabs.
|Ah, the 9000 SPG, or Sport Performance Group. Fast is fun.|
|Climb every mountain: A Saab 9000 in Germany takes a breather.|
Photo: Flickr / Mok24
Introduced in 1984 as part of a joint venture with Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and Fiat, the Saab 9000 was the classiest of the "Type Four" venture. With design cues from the talented Giorgetto Giugiaro and Bjorn Envall, the cars sold fairly well. They relied on Saab's tried and true 2.3 liter 4 cylinder for power, and came in turbo variants to help get global commuters from A to B in a flash. They also looked somewhat like a Playmobil toy from the same era. Lots of squared-off lines and a large greenhouse.
|Ignition switch on the floor? Not in the Saab 9000.|
Photo Credit: Smartcarofamerica.com
|Oink vey! I dunno, its seems like a stretch to me.|
Photo: YouTube / Saab vs Skepticism / Saab
Enjoy the show.
|The world didn't need a Saab Trailblazer. It needed another trailblazing Saab.|
In the end, the Saab 9000 could be considered the "beginning of the end" for the car built by trolls. A model that was historically significant for what it wasn't, and what it would become. That's why you should snap one up before they all return to the earth. One thing's for certain, they definitely don't make them like this anymore...because they don't make Saabs anymore.
|Needs a fuel pump, but it runs. Got $400?|
Photo: Craigslist Kenosha-Racine