Saab 900 Speedster

Car of the Day #115: 1986 Saab 900 Speedster

Saab 900 Speedster
1986 Saab 900 Speedster in test • via Teknikens Varld

I have good news and bad news.

Bad news first: back in 1986, in sharp contrast to how things are today, when we must suffer through endless oft-putting YouTuber builds, a long-running Swedish car magazine, Teknikens Varld, actually managed to have a custom car built by professionals. 

The car you see above, the Saab 900 Speeder, is it. It even had Teknikens Varld printed onto its sharp-looking VDO gauges. 

Would a car magazine do something like this today? I don't know — can someone try it? Sadly, its designer, Leif Mellberg, died in 1993. 

The good news comes in two parts. First, this car's creator was also responsible for the Saab EV-1 concept, (which has been one of your all-time favourite Car of the Day posts), published here some time ago…

Second, this car survives somewhere, reportedly in France. Impressive for a vehicle built over just three months. Makes sense: it's just a shortened 900 Turbo underneath, lowered, made stiffer, with even the engine relocated to aid handling. Ambitious, right? 

At least it would have been fast: 250 horsepower, top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph) on a runway, said to be pulling better than a Porsche 911 Turbo the magazine had also tested. Even better? Helmets were included—with a built-in intercom—so that passengers could converse at top speed. 

As I said, the car is believed to still be around, somewhere…I wonder if anyone has tried to get it to its top speed? Actually, maybe Teknikens Varld can borrow it again and run it through its moose test one last time!

Read next: Car of the Day #27: 1985 Saab EV-1, Saab 900 Speedster @ CarJager

Saab EV-1
Car of the Day #27: 1985 Saab EV-1


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