Saab 900 Speedster


I have good news and bad news.

Bad news first: back in 1986, in sharp contrast to how things are today, a Swedish car magazine, Teknikens Varld, actually managed to have a custom car built. I'm not talking about a Roadkill special, I'm talking about the car you see above, the Saab 900 Speeder. 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—try it? Sadly, its designer, Leif Mellberg, died in 1993. 

The good news comes in two parts. First, this car's creator would go on to create the 1989 EV-1 concept, which has been one of the all-time favourite #bcotd posts, published more than a year 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 track it down and run it through its moose test!