July 30 Weekly Thread--Fantastically Pointless
I'm sure at least some of you have seen the 1985 Saab 900 Turbo limousine that has been making the rounds of the automotive blogosphere over the last few weeks, most prominently on Autoblog and Bring a Trailer. As a dyed-in-the-wool first-gen Saab 900 Turbo fanatic, this car leaves me sputtering and speechless, my mental wheels spinning helplessly while I try to sort out how I feel about it. Is it a heretical creation, a profane insult to the proud Saab 900 family that needs to be burned as an offering to the concept of Saabish purity? Or is it a cryptically compelling oddity that serves no discernable purpose but must be protected and treasured--like the automotive equivalent of a unicorn that recites baseball statistics in fluent Spanish?
I think I'm in the latter camp, but either way an opportunity may have been missed here. The Saab 900 Turbo was made in both hatchback and convertible bodystyles. How amazing would this limo have been had it been either a hatchback or convertible limo?
My bigger question, though, is this--what exactly do you do with this beast? I'd rule out any commercial business, as no carousing bachelor party or group of awkward teenagers heading off to Homecoming would prefer this to the usual dull black Lincoln Town Car-based limo. Finding a couple willing to cruise away from their nuptials in this creation in front of all their family and friends also seems like it would be a long shot. Sure, the 1980s are in style, but most people still look at the Saab 900 as strange, not nostalgic. The only potential commercial clients I can imagine are former Saab executives and possibly 1990s Swedish dance group Ace of Base.
Limiting your scope to personal activities doesn't seem to improve things much. The eBay listing says that this car is "the ULTIMATE dream method of transportation for the Saabophile !!.....", but I don't see it. Here at Car Lust we're all about embracing people who have vehicular tastes that are ... erm ... out of the ordinary, and I certainly don't have a problem with limo enthusiasts. I love that somebody had the inspiration to create this car, and it's fantastic that it exists.
But this thing can't be as much fun to drive as a normal Saab 900 Turbo, and if you don't have passengers in back enjoying the ride, what's the point? Do limo enthusiasts just use their cars for casual transportation with the back seats empty, or do they just keep them as show vehicles? I just don't know.
In the hopes of priming the conversational pump, I have a few questions for the Car Lust readership that relate to this rare beast:
- Is this Saab limousine a rare, delectable treat, or a horrifying abomination?
- Would you consider personally owning a limo of any kind, and if so, for what purpose?
- Would you drive it personally, or hire a driver to chauffeur you around?
- What's the weirdest limo conversion your imagination can conjure? The minimum allowable weirdness baseline has been set by the Chrysler K-car Executive and the three limos created by the Top Gear UK team a few years ago.