16V Turbo Powered: 1973 Saab 99

This next car tugs at my heartstrings a bit…not just because turbo…or because those wheels are wicked, or because manual gearbox…but mostly because I do miss the ole Draken DT project car. A more modern 16-valve turbo engine might give the 99 some needed thrust, but it won’t fix the fact that this 46 year old hunk of steel was born of Jets but built by a bunch of crazy Swedes who thought exposed wiring terminals were fun and that a flywheel should be at the front of an engine. Find this 1973 Saab 99 16V Turbo here on eBay bidding for $916 with 4 days to go, located in Hatfield, MA. Tip from ME. 

From the seller:

Item specifics

Condition: Used Year: 1973

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 9973XXXXXXXX Mileage: 130000

Interior Color: Gray Make: Saab

Number of Cylinders: 4 Model:


Transmission: Manual Trim: 16V Turbo Conversion

Body Type: Coupe Engine: 2.1 16V Turbo

Vehicle Title: Clean Drive Type: FWD

Fuel Type: Gasoline For Sale By: Private Seller

Exterior Color: Yellow Drive Side: Left-hand drive

These old SAABs are getting rare and hard to find!

Built in the 1990’s this conversion features a 2.1 liter engine from a SAAB 900 featuring:

Rebuilt less than 1000 miles ago with new turbo, pistons, rings, bearings, and head gasket

forged CP pistons

fuel injection from a 1991 9000 turbo

direct ignition from a 1991 9000 turbo

Mitsubishi TD005 turbocharger

Saab 9000 intercooler

Stainless steel fuel tank with surge tank

The drivetrain features:

5-speed SAAB 900 gearbox

Quaife limited slip diferential

Larger SAAB 9000 size clutch on a lightened flywheel

Taller Europe-only final drive chains

The interior features:

1991 SAAB 900 charcoal cloth seats and charcoal door panels

Racing 6 point seatbelts

SAAB 99 Turbo boost gage

The chassis features:

SAAB 9000 front brake calipers

Late-style SAAB 900 hubs and brake rotors

1991 SAAB 9000 16″ wheels

Braided stainless brake lines

Twin Tilton brake master cylinders

Reinforced front control arms

The body features:

Hella driving lamps and headlights

SAAB 900 doors with manual windows

Car has been off the road for 10 years.  Starts right up, runs and drives around the parking lot, but I would not suggest driving it any distance without a thorough going through.  Recent service included tune up, fresh gas, oil change, and fuel pump.  The unibody is pretty solid, and the upper body panels, doors, hood, and trunk are in good shape, but there is some rust on the lower fenders, floor sections, and rockers.  Gearbox works fine, but sometimes makes a funky sound in reverse.  Speedometer sticks so I have no idea how many miles are on the car.

Clean Massachusetts title, I will provide the VIN when I have a chance to look it up! 

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