What Is Your Saab Story?
I can still remember the first time I saw one. Up until that point, I never really thought much about European cars, in general, but when I laid eyes upon the Saab 900, my whole automotive perception changed. When I was in high school, Robbie, a friend of mine who happened to own a 900, needed someone to drive his car home from school. (Incidentally, the 900 SPG featured in today’s video was once owned by Robbie, though it’s not the 900 to which I refer in this story.) Why he needed me to drive his car, I don’t remember now, but I do recall asking what kind of car it was, as I’d never paid much attention to what he drove. After getting a quick rundown on the car, I felt like I had more questions than answers. This car was modeled after jets? The ignition was where? The engine was laid out in what manner? How can you change the clutch that fast?
Sitting in this car for the first time, I distinctly remember that the word “cockpit” came to mind (I’d never had this thought inside of a car before). Although there are many other cars that were built around a driver, this was my first time getting to drive one and of taking note of just how good it felt to sit in a seat like this. I drove the car for only a short five minutes, but I won’t ever forget the drive, the shape of the car, or the feeling the car gave me.
Though the Saab may not be as sporty as a 911 or as iconic as a Beetle, but just like these two cars, it has a shape that you wouldn’t mistake for anything else on the road. After driving one it is easy to see why those who own a Saab refer to it as an addiction: once a Saab guy, always a Saab guy.
What is your Saab story?
Image Source: saabcentral.com
Photography by Becca Clason for Petrolicious