The Saab 900 Turbo is one of the best cars to come out of the malaise era. One could say that thanks to its turbo charged engines Saab was one manufacturer that rode the automotive depression in stride, and gained fame thanks to the turbo mills.
One of the biggest criticisms of the Saab 900 was the fact that it is a front wheel drive car. Some call it wrong wheel drive, others deride it for being friendly to drive, and others for the propensity to understeer and torque steer.
Well, this car fixes it all. It is still a Saab 900, still powered by the venerable Saab H series Turbo engine, but....! The engine resides where the back seat used to be!
Yes, it i a mid engine, turbo charged, rear wheel drive Saab 900. A 16 gallon fuel cell resides where the engine used to be, under the long clam shell hood, and the rear windows are removed for engine ventilation (side scoops are available that go where the windows used to be). A huge scoop on the roof acts as an intake for the roof mounted intercooler.
The engine looks stock and the ad makes no mention of any tuning, but with a Trionic 5 conversion you can easily extract 400 horsepower from this car, you just will have to spend some money on a transmission that will take that power...
This think is crazy looking in flat black, and must indeed be a hoot to drive as the seller states. Supposedly there are only two of these in the USA, so it's rare too.
The asking price is a sweet $2000. Sounds like a great deal for a Saab 900 Turbo any day, this one has the engine where the Trollhättan engineers never intended, is rare, and probably a perfect hoon machine. Is the unknown build quality worth two grand? You decide, post your final say below on Kinja.
The car is right now for sale at the Colorado Springs Craigslist: http://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/3976354213…
If ad is gone, you can see the listing here: Saab 900 Turbo Mid-Engine For Sale