Saab 99 Turbo 1978

It seems I’m a new owner of a 1978 Saab 99 Turbo. I picked the car up from eastern Finland the past weekend.

The Saab 99 Turbo was the first mass-produced Turbo car in the world and one of the most iconic Saab models ever made. So when an opportunity came to get one I just couldn’t pass it by.

It will need a full bare body restoration with a LOT of rust repairs. The car came with a pretty complete set of repair panels which makes the challenge manageable. But it is definitely not going to be easy to do all the welding perfectly. The engine runs and the S gearbox seems to work though.

Here’s a short video clip:

The corrosion issues of these late 1970’s Saabs are well-known. The paint quality or something was just not working for Saab those days and these models started to corrode almost immediately. I remember our 1979 Saab 900 already had rusty fenders after a few years. Not too many first year Saab 99 Turbos have survived in Finland! I think there might be as few as 3 others owned by the members of the Saab Club of Finland (and not in very good condition either).

Oh, and the garage is finally somewhat organized…

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