Project: 1986 Saab 900 Turbo
|This is my most recent project. A 1986 Saab 900 Turbo. I had originally planned on using this for the 2007 24 Hours of Lemons
but quickly changed my mind. I found it for sale on Chraigslist
for $80, which would have made it a perfect candidate for a sub-$500
race car, but after talking to the guy selling it, I couldn't bear to
do that to this car. It turns out that this car has everything
done to it that I would want to do for a great daily driver. The
only thing that was wrong with it is that the transmission was
destroyed and there is a small dent in the front drivers side.
The paint is also very faded, but it will buff out nicely.
In 1986, Saab did not clear coat their red cars. |
is one of the many cool parts on this car. Apparently, the decor
panel, (reflective piece between the tail lights and under the license
plate holder) is pretty rare and valuable. I have never actually
seen one, other than this, so I suspect that is true. The spoiler
is missing in this shot, but it is inside the car. It is the
extra large "whale tale" version and is in need of some minor repairs.
Also, you can see the SPG stile side vents in this picture.
These are of some value too. I hear they add 2 bhp to the
motor, (kidding, they do nothing). The car also has the SPG rims,
which hopefully have some value.|
|The interior is in really great shape. no rips or tears at all. There is some minor stains that I think will clean out. If not, I have some options. The shop recently picked up a Grey 1988 SPG
that has a pretty nice back/gray interior that I could probably swap
into this car. Notice in this picture the very cool Saab Rally
Catalog steering wheel. There are 2 more in the trunk.
These are worth the price of the car alone. You can also
see some wires hanging out from under the dash. Most of these are
from the radio that is not there, the rest seem to be for the air bag,
which this car does not have. The previous owner not only
transfered the engine from a 1990, he also transfered the entire wiring
motor is far from stock. It is from a 1990 and has a lot of nice
upgrades. The head and manifold are from a 2.1 liter motor, and
have been port an polished. The turbo is from a Volvo. I
don't know what kind of improvement that is, if any. I have also
been told that the motor has been bored 0.040 over, custom pistons
and lightened rods. There are silicone vacuum houses
throughout. The pipes to and from the intercooler are the newer
smooth type, (as opposed to the old cast aluminum).|