1987 Saab 900
Hej! This is my Scandinavian friend, Susan the Saab. She is named after the Car and Driver author who inspired my search for the car.
After working at a Volvo dealership for 6 months, I wanted to buy my first Swedish car. Reading Susan Wallin’s 1982 story about her 99, I was inspired to take on the challenge of finding an old Saab for myself.
I first drove to Michigan to look at a rusted, leaky, green 900 Turbo that failed my inspection. Second, I found an even worse 900 closer to home in Baltimore. On my third attempt, I found this 900S in Rochester, New York where she had been rescued from a barn and put back on the road.
Originally owned by an Anheuser Bush executive, the car quickly racked up 140k miles driving between Santa Monica and St. Louis in its first few years. Brought to New York by the second owners in the late 90s, it was driven until it was stored away for 10 years. I purchased the car from the third owner and the odometer turned over 180,000 miles on the way home to Maryland.
With no issues on the trip back, this Saab is both very comfortable and enjoyable to drive. While it’s not quick by modern standards, it’s much quicker than my Beetle and shifts well. I’m excited to take Susan on my weekend adventures and continue her story.
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