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1978 Saab 99T


Condition Used Clear Title
Miles 113,000
Engine 2.0L TURBO
Transmission 4 Spd Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Exterior Color
Burgandy Cloth
Stock # 19231
VIN # 99781019231
Warranty Limited Warranty
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Vehicle Overview

One of the last survivors. Great investment. This garage kept, driver quality, 1978 99T was sold new at Sports Car Centre where it was delivered to it's first owner who meticuously maintained it. The second owner, who we aquired it from bought it in 2014 and lived in Long Island, N.Y. It is a very clean rust free car that has had one total repaint by the original owner and has service records since new in a laminated binder. In 2015 the last owner replaced the clutch, cylinder head gasket and various docummented maintenance items.

Saab's 99 Turbo changed the landscape overnight, proving to a delighted world that "practical" and "exciting" did not have to occupy opposite sides of the bed. Today, the 99 lives a bit in the shadow world between the early two-stroke and V-4 cars that came before, and the later 900 that was so good, it led thousands to jump on the Scandinavian bandwagon
One of the things that made the 99 Turbo so appealing then, and makes it such a desirable collector car today, is that Saab got the formula so right from the start. Nothing in its day, regardless of price, could match its combination of speed, comfort, reliability, frugality and load-swallowing capacity, and Saab's engineers made sure the technology worked in a way that required nothing special from the driver, and kept working reliably. Automotive journalists lost their heads; Road & Track advised its readers, "It's so much fun to drive, the price is irrelevant!"
The Turbo has its roots in one of the most characterful and appealing small sedans of the 1960s, the timeless 99. The 99, introduced for the 1969 model year, was a clean-sheet design intended to broaden Saab's appeal beyond those who had discovered the delights of its tough, idiosyncratic 95 wagons and 96 coupes. The new monocoque body, styled by Sixten Sason, provided sufficient room for five, and its immense strength offered unsurpassed rollover protection. 
Saab was certainly not the first to employ a turbocharger in a production car. General Motors had gone that route back in 1962 with the Oldsmobile Jetfire and Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder, while BMW had offered a 2002 with the memorable, reverse-lettered "turbo" logo on the front spoiler. But Saab's Scania division had long experience with turbocharging diesel truck engines, and its expertise would lead to an entirely new approach.
What Saab's engineers wanted was not an increase in peak horsepower, as BMW and Porsche had achieved, but a broad swath of turbo power usable through most of the engine's power band. In other words, they intended to use forced induction to give their four the punch of a six. This they did by using a relatively small, low-inertia turbo, which could be kept spinning at relatively low RPM, coupled with a wastegate that would open when exhaust pressure hit a pre-set level. At light throttle, the turbo would just be along for the ride; press on the accelerator and, as engine revs built, so would the boost.
Saab's fuel-injected, 1,985-cc, eight-valve four was a sturdy and trouble-free engine, and turned out to need few upgrades to cope with turbocharging: low-compression (7.5:1) pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves, an altered camshaft and an oil cooler. The new engine produced 23 percent more horsepower and, more impressively, 45 percent more torque. To cope with the added power, the internals of the 99's four-speed transmission were beefed up. Unequal-length wishbones and coil springs up front and a beam axle with coil springs and a Panhard rod at the rear offered sharp handling. To make sure that all of the bugs were worked out before the car was put on the market, Saab ran 100 prototypes a total of 2.9 million miles.
The 99 Turbo was sold in the U.S. for one year only, 1978, before it was replaced by the larger 900 Turbo the following year. Exotic performance, pioneer status, extreme practicality and a certain offbeat charm make the 99 Turbo a tempting choice for any collector. Roll in good parts availability and the comradeship of some of the most ardent enthusiasts on the face of the planet, and it becomes even more compelling.
A mere 4,233 turbos were shipped to the U.S. The only year of production 1978.

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Ext / Int Color
  • Gray with Burgandy Cloth Interior
Audio / Video
  • AM/FM

Vehicle Condition

Service History
  • 113,000 Miles
  • Passed Thorough Dealer Inspection
  • Dealer Maintained
  • Have Original Manuals
  • No Known Mechanical Problems
  • Covered by a Limited Warranty. Contact seller for details.
Condition Report
  • Excellent Interior
  • Excellent Carpets
  • Excellent Seats
  • Excellent Dashboard
  • Excellent Panels / Headliner
  • Excellent Exterior
  • Excellent Original Paint
  • Excellent Trim Condition
  • Excellent Glass Condition
  • No Visible Rust
  • No Known Accidents
  • No Known Bodywork
  • Fully Detailed
Tires & Wheels
  • Spare: Excellent Condition
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