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Hand-made: the Saab 900 Convertible roof system

Saab 900 turbo convertible

Thanks a lot for this great Video to Valmet Automotive.

Calling all Saab fans: another incredible rarity from the Valmet Automotive archives. See how the roof system was hand-made for the Saab 900 Turbo Convertible. Roof system created by US company American Sunroof Company (ASC, now known as American Specialty Cars), With an automatic operation of the top in less than 30 secs and with only two hooks needed to secure to the windscreen frame.

You have not seen this before, so enjoy!

In April 1984, Saab announced that it would put in production the 900 Turbo Convertible in the Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki of Finland, working in full effort.The first limited production of 400 cars was the 2 litters, 16 valves Turbo version of 175hp and its sale began in the USA in January of 1986. The sale of each car was so much instant, that most candidate customers had not realized that the model was for sale and not for demonstration.

Saab, at the beginning, had the plan to produce a limited number of cars (about 2.000 per year) for the next 3 years. However, its incredible success, changed the plans very fast. When the production began, during the next year, was created a waiting list of at least 2-3 years. The model of 1987 (that presented in the fall of 1986), had sloped front mask, different bumpers and was 50mm shorter. It had already sold out before even its production began. Thus, the models of 1989 have been ordered from fall of 1986. The production, in 1992, exceeded 10,000 cars.

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