Whenever I see a Saab 900 convertible, I assume the driver has stepped right out of the yuppified 1980s: pastel sweater draped over his shoulders with its arms tied around his neck, and enormous plastic-rimmed glasses perched on his nose.
But this one is from 1992, or maybe 1993, after that brand of yuppification had passed onto the scrap heap of fashion history. (Thank goodness.) This Saab is painted eucalyptus green, and those were the only two years you could get a 900 so tinted.
This one’s just how we like ‘em here at Curbside Classic: original and driven. What sins are those seat covers hiding?
The moment the owner discovered this must have been filled with swearing. How the heck does paint get damaged in this way on a hood’s leading edge?
There’s even a little native tin worm evident here. But this is Indiana, after all: I don’t call it Rustopia for nothing. And look, there’s my cameo appearance in this post.
But it was August when I shot this, and wet, salted roads were the furthest thing from this Saab’s mind, if it had one. I found it parked infield at the Indiana State Fair. I admired the owner’s guts for leaving it top down.
A story of life with a Saab 900 convertible: COAL: Classic Saab 900 Convertible – Insult and Injury
Another 1992 900, with a fixed top: CC Capsule: 1992 Saab 900S – Among the Last Real Saabs