• Nov 5th 2009 at 12:20PM
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700-hp 1969 Saab 99 Quattro Turbo – Click above to watch video

Sweden has just over nine million people – that's an entire country whose population is just a little bigger than New York City – and we'd believe it if someone told us they exclusively devoted their time to blessing the world with peculiar automotive concoctions. We'd file this latest one under "quirky," but it's far too powerful: a 1969 Saab 99 given the Audi Quattro treatment and a turbocharging to the tune of 700 horsepower. And then left to look rather stock.

The brainchild of a man named Gustav, it's development is recorded on Savar Turbo for those of you who speak Swedish (translated, if you don't). It runs sub-10-second quarter-miles with ease, which includes a few tenths lost for wheelspin and manually shifting gears. And we like it. We like it a lot. And we want whatever he's been drinking – we're guessing drums of aquavit. Follow the jump for videos of this stealthy Swede's quarter-mile runs and have a look at what's under the hood in the gallery of high-res images below.

[Source: Savar Turbo via Car Throttle]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing is insane, I love the stock looking profile with the Steelie wheels on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's only missing that 100 some years old camaro driver from a previous post and then, ultimate sleeper...
      • 5 Years Ago
      i saw this on jalopnik a few days ago, i'm surprised it took this long to aggregate here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not to nitpick, but notice the windshield wipers.

      Although this car is LHD, it appears that the configuration of the wipers are for a RHD car.

      Or maybe all Saabs of this vintage were that way?
        • 5 Years Ago
        All 99's were this way. They are opposite from a c900.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry to nitpick, but...

      "The brainchild of a man named Gustav, it's development is recorded on Savar Turbo..."

      it's /= its
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy crap, that thing is AWESOME!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that's a true sleeper!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that's a sleeper if I ever saw one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...except that it sounds like an idling top fuel dragster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So glad Gustav's car finally has worldwide recognition. Here in the states, it took me many months to find more information on this. I eventually found the savar turbo site and used google translate. I have followed this build as much as I could. Being a Saab enthusiast, this is what many of us love to see.

      Gotta love the Swede's and their wacky builds. Their long darkness in the winter must give them lots of down time and they must occupy that spare time in their garage's building amazing cars. Some of the best built engines come out of Sweden.

      Also... some more videos.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't imagine why the speedo is in-op........ What a beast! Nice clean no-nonsense workmanship too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SAAB, now under Swedish ownership with Koenigsegg, should build them like this - just like this, please! Yes, Go SAAB Go!
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