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I know you guys were not expecting to see one of these, just wanted to share... She is a 1973 SAAB 99 EMS ... the ems stood for: Electronic (fuel injection) Manual (transmission-steering) Special (hotter cam-lower susp.) .. this was the first year for the d-jet electronic fuel injection (yes full pcm/injectors/sensors) ... I've done a lot of work during the restoration she has been put on a diet to the tune of about 2100 lbs. 4 wheel disc brakes and front and rear sway bars....
 

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some resto pics (if anyone is interested) .. let me know what you guys think ...SAAB built aprox 600,000 99's worldwide all years and models (1969-1984) with about 200 running examples left so the odds are you may never see another ..
 

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thank you guys ... seems not many people could care less about these cars ... zero out there as far as parts go a lot of things had to be fabricated or made to work (as simple as it sounds a fuel pump) so you turn into one of those people that look at it as "the thrill of the hunt"
 

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VERY , VERY NICE !!! Incredible cars :)

Too bad GM didn't drive the company into the ground for the twenty years they owned them. But that's a typical GM move. Oh yea and they still owe us tax payers 10 Billion.



What was the engine size back then ?
 

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Had a 99 back in the day loved it!

Actually just out on a test drive and the car really impressed me. Thought it might have been a fluke so I tested 3 others. They were all real runners. So we bought the 1st one we had tested. First impression getting in was like driving a bus with the steering wheel position but got over it real quick.

Used to be fun to blow off a lot of other imports back in the day.

Idiot ran a stop sign and we Tboned him. Had to rip off the hood and put it in the trunk to get home over 100 miles. No one hurt car drove just as good coming home wounded as it did going up. Had just lost my job so when insurance company totalled it and I walked away $2500 more than I paid almost 2 years b4 it worked out.

Don't recall if Saab will be resurrected but they were way ahead of their time. I think the only repair I need was a tie rod end ($98.00 vs $13.00 GM or Ford) in the time we had it.

Kind of been keeping an eye out for a turbo convertible for shits and giggles.
 

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Agree 100% that they were way ahead of their time. So much so that many a
manufacturer let Saab do the R+D and then they stole the technology for their
own brand.
A True Automotive icon. Many in business today will NEVER compare.


Trivia : I have a 1986 Saab 900S with 337,000 , original engine and tranny.
Drive it every week end. One of a dozen we've owned.
I still have the same model on the back forty " VT " that I got hit by a ten wheeler
in the LF fender / drivers door " guy fell asleep " and I got out and went back to work.
Many another car and I would have had his LF tire in my lap. Not funny.
 

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Don't recall if Saab will be resurrected but they were way ahead of their time.
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They've been bought by a Chinese electric company and if one ever makes
production again it will be electric. Fortunately Sweden saved the Saab museum
in Trollhatan.
I have to say it , Another GM disaster ! Buy it and run it into the ground. :(
 

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correct about being bought they just rolled off a new 9-5 they will be gas engines at first to fund the re-tooling of electric (boo!) not for sale here in the states...the line "people that test drive a Saab, usually buy a Saab" holds true my first was a 1990 c900 base model 4 dr. I thought it was the ugliest car I had ever seen. well the porters could not figure out how to get the key out of the ignition so they called me over to have a look. well now sitting in the car, key in hand and any manual trans car is worth a drive, took her out came back and signed the paperwork I've been driving them ever since....prior to that point I had never looked twice at those ugly ass cars but you know they are so rare it's nice to find something that is not so "cookie cutter" and soul-less...during the course of a week count how many Saab's you see any year/model.....I am lucky to work with cars and get to drive a lot of them....thank you guys for the comments and more important the stories when I joined this site never did I think I would meet some fellow saabers
 

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a quick story... hi guys my name is Chris here in Chicago I am a certified tech with Chrysler for 25 years (same dodge dealer for 20 years now)....I had my 2005 saab 9-5 aero stolen so I picked up this 2002 dodge intrepid that needed a lot of work for cheap after a very good cleaning (people amaze me why they let their cars get that nasty) timing-radiator-crossover tube....the car runs/rides/drives very nice as a temp car until I can find another saab to replace my 9-5 (I still have a 2000 9-3, 1984 900 turbo, and the 1973 99)
 
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