Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 18:14:06 -0500
From: "Rod H" <rodhoggnospamnet>
Subject: Re: Two SAAB family again?


"Paul Halliday" <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> wrote in message news:C2348B0E.7E47%pjghnospamyonder.co.uk... > 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/ > thanks again paul. i enjoyed viewing pix of older saabs that you posted. and enjoyed reading about history of saab convertibles. if i get some better photos of my car with a better background i will repost. rod

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