@BJ I'd say the Swedes and the West Germans both captured the spirit of the decade better than anyone else. Ask me to picture a generic "80's car" and it's probably going to be a Saab, a Volvo wagon, a BMW, an Audi, or some form of diesel Mercedes, just seems like those 5 brands were unusually dominant
Hated selling my Viggen, but Uncle Sam needed his money and the deadline was days away.
I saw a silver Viggen convertible for sale at an autobody shop this morning on my way back from the beach. I wanted to stop and check it out, but I really have no place to keep it without selling off something else.
Back in the 2005 or so an acquaintance of mine was looking for a car to compete in the Monte-Carlo Historique with a friend of his. The trick was to choose a car that was rapid but comfortable for driving long distances, reasonably good on ice and snow and, to a certain extent, unusual, to guarantee the entry was accepted by the organisers. And it also had to be old-ish.
I suggested a 99, EMS if poss, and to my utter amazement he found one in quite good nick, which they promptly bought. IIRC it was sort of metallic pink. Apparently – according to this friend – a lot of the chassis of the 99 was very easy to upgrade with Saab 900 bits.
I think they did manage to go to the Monte in the end.
I always found the original 9000 design extremely handsome. A bit Italianate (that's the Giugiaro bit) and at the same time very clean and restrained (and that's the Björn Envall bit).
I read somewhere not so long ago that there was quite a culture clash when the Italdesign guys met the Swedes, who seemed to take umbrage at the sharply tailored suits and general Latin demeanour of Giugiaro and his crew
Which is strange because nobody has ever seemed to have a bad thing to say about Giorgetto (unlike, say, de Silva). I suspect the very Scandinavian (perhaps Lutheran?) concept of lagom, where socially fitting in is paramount and standing out is considered anathema, had something to do with that.
@Just-Jeepin I should bid on that. It’s far nicer than my beater SAAB convertible. Which by the way is having a few things looked at at my SAAB mechanic. This is how you know you’ve gone to the right place:
Also random XM
Engine bay of the silver OG900 was empty lol.
@mhr555 Hah, fair! I guess I was just pointing out that the Acura would undoubtedly drive the best since SH-AWD was more than a gimmick and the power sent to the rear wheels is actually perceptible, unlike in most Haldex-based systems where whether or not your rear wheels are getting power is based on a checklist that takes three business days to get to the rear axle 😆