Interesting Tidbits about The Saab 900
- Upon hearing the words "Saab 900," some people would think that it sounds very familiar. If you have read any James Bond novels published in the 1980s, then you would immediately figure out that this is the preferred vehicle of the master spy as described by writer John Gardner Bond. Nicknamed "The Silver Beast," it was special in that it was not provided by Q, but was Bond's own car. The novels became so well-known that in 1982, a Bond Saab 900 Turbo was manufactured, complete with gadgets fit for a secret agent.
- One of the reasons why the Saab 900 is one of the memorable vehicles in the 1980s is because of its turbocharging technology, a concept unknown amongst European cars during its time. Retaining its unique visual style, it greatly appealed to the average man for its perfect combination of affordability, practicality, low emissions, and high performance. In fact, it can pull off such an amazing performance that it can stand up even to the most modern vehicle today.
- During its production run, the Saab 900's design and shape never changed in a major fashion. This made the vehicle instantly familiar among enthusiasts. The black moose-proof bumpers, huge back haunches, and massive doors are iconic for the model's exterior. Inside, the memorable aviation-inspired dashboard and surprisingly spacious seats always give off a nostalgic feel.
- As if it was not enough, the Saab 900 jumped into popularity once more when they designed a "convertible" model to the already well-loved vehicle. Displayed in 1983, it quickly gained a great amount of interest and was immediately put into production. Because the full name of the vehicle is "Saab 900 SE," it became better-known as "The Goose" for the way the name spells similarly.
- During its second generation, Saab developed an innovative new feature for its prized model. Called the "black panel" design, the illuminations of the panel could be turned on and off either manually or automatically.
- As a true testament to its lovable design, throughout the years the Saab 900 has been sold in a multitude of variations. There were three and five door hatchbacks, a convertible, the infamous Turbo, and two and four door saloons.