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Hand-made: the Saab 900 Convertible roof system

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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!

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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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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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