• Nov 22, 2006
Ahhh, 80s week. We've already seen one of our favorite Germans and a blocky Japanese classic. Today, we take a virtual road trip up to New Hampshire for a little Scandinavian treat.

Patrick's 1987 Saab 900 Convertible was bought four years ago for a reasonable-sounding $1,800. At the time, he says, the car was junkyard material. Luckily for the ragtop Saab, Patrick (a.k.a. Flickr user smackdownsaab), was prepared to give it the TLC and financial support needed to bring it up to daily-driver standards. We'd say that things worked out quite well.

First off, he replaced the convertible top. Next, he set about giving the car a thorough makeover, adding the always appealing SPG skirts, bumper extensions, and wheel arches. The rear axles and front suspension were swapped for newer versions that allowed him to install the improved brake system found on later models. An added side benefit of the latter is that it also allowed him to install the 3-spoke aero-look Saab wheels to match the rest of the SPG appearance package. We also like the "Viggen" badging he added above the side markers. New springs drop the whole affair an inch and a half.

According to Patrick, the car's paint (save for the bumpers, which he says were resprayed) is original and mostly devoid of rust. Looking at the photos, it's hard to imagine that this Saab was ever junker material. Nice job, Patrick. You've scored yourself today's Reader Ride of the Day.

We're still on the prowl for more rides of the 80s, so pause that Rick Springfield tape for a minute and submit your photos to our Flickr account by following the directions after the jump.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The owner of this car deserves an award for not only saving a Saab that in any other persons hands might of been parted out or left in a backyard waiting restoration for the next twenty years.
      This car looks amazing, perfect example of how TO modify a vechicle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice ride.

      When I was in high school, this was THE car to have.

      The shape and design are still light years more desirable than any current Saab on the market today.

      Damn Saab, what happened to you guys?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love these cars, we've got a nice Monte Carlo yellow convertible, fantastic machine. The sound it makes can rival almost anything.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just bought a 97 Saab Convertible, from ebay for $1000, just because I always wanted one and I am amazed how good the car is to drive, This Saab Classic looks just as good.

      Some green thinking individual ought to look at the benefits of giving new life to older cars as being a greener option than buying new.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Again--the newer ones look much better, and they're not all that great.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Mr. Goodwrench began speaking Swedish: Skol

      That's the beginning of the end.
      As evidenced in the WRX Saab-a-ru debacle
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      love the color scheme, pretty much a gray-scale deal. looks great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi

      Iam from Denmark and Iam looking for af 900 cab from 87-89 turbo16
      Do you want to sell?? Prise??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice example of a 900 ragtop. Its a pity GM didnt do to SAAB that Ford did to Volvo, RIP SAAB - Long live oldschool 99, 900.
      • 8 Years Ago
      VERY smooth. I owned a bunch of Saabs and a couple SPGs back in the day and they still sit at the top of my "I'll buy another one someday and fix it up" list. Nicely done.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Timeless design and one of the sportiest styled cars of the the 80's. Beautifully restored in all it's glory. This car reminds you of the passion you felt when someone said "Saab Turbo". It's too bad Saab can't come up with a new 900 turbo(drop 9-3 name)with retro styling based on this classic 900. They need to do what Chevy is doing with the upcoming Camaro Z28.
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