SAAB 900 T8 Special [UK], Orca

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N Jaan 06, 2005 23:16

Hei ... my car ...

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My car, which I call 'Orca', is a 1989 T8 Special. The "Special" was a run-out model for the 8 valve turbo in the UK, so Orca is one of 300 although they were not individually numbered. Some people call it an 'anniversary' model, since it also marked 10 years of the SAAB 900. I gather the 1989 T8 Aero was also regarded as a 'jubilee' or 'anniversary' model.

Please excuse me for posting in English ... more pictures of my SAAB (and my older SAABs, my trip to the museum in Trollhättan, etc) can be found on my website.
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R Jaan 07, 2005 8:02

;) nice one
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R Jaan 07, 2005 8:47

very nice model :) why do you call him (her?!) "Orca"? ;) do you know, what`s the name of the colour of that car? can you say, was 1989 the very last year for all 8v engines or just for UK?
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R Jaan 07, 2005 11:31

hey friend!
very unusual car!
the rudder is on the anather side!
KUI AUTO ON KATGI TOO OMA AUTO IVOMETSA SOJA GARAZI 8-) 8-) 8-) Keevitan, värvin, keeran mutreid kinni ja lahti.
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R Jaan 07, 2005 11:58

She's called 'Orca' because I first saw her (at my regular SAAB mechanics garage) from behind and it reminded me of ... an Orca (killer whale) :) It's also kind of poetic because a "killer whale" is not actually a "killer" ... she's got all the looks of an agressive Aero, but only a T8 engine :P

The actual colour is 'Cirrus White' - it has a kind of light blue undercoat and under street lights look a kind of glowing blue. I have taken some pictures with a digital camera which came onto the computer as a very light blue (just off-white).

1989 was the last year of production for the B201 engine, so yes, the last T8s were put into "special models" in 1989, like the T8S in the UK and the T8 "Aero" for Sweden. I think the B201 normally aspirated engine ceased production a few years before that.
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R Jaan 07, 2005 12:40

so that`s why your car seems a bit bluish on your avatar in 900Aero.com forum. the "name-story" is indeed very poetic, I think I should also put a "pet-name" for my T8 ;)
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R Jaan 07, 2005 14:41

I have heard names like "shitting rabbit":) Specially for 2D 99-s.
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N Jaan 20, 2005 13:43

Are you sure you are not talking about 96?
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I have heard names like "shitting rabbit":) Specially for 2D 99-s.
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N Jaan 20, 2005 18:24

Super

:head:
LiVE FAST,DiE OLD!
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#10

N Mär 03, 2005 22:05

neljarattaline lennuk.

EDIT: translation for Orca: Four wheeled airplane..
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E Mai 02, 2005 23:00

Hei, thanks for the nice comments. I've made a few updates to my personal website, detailing my "Orca" ...

Lowered suspension, leatherette door inserts and relocated BOV are among the highlights. Meanwhile, my Special/Limited Editions website is coming along very well :thumb:

... Head aega ;)
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L Jaan 06, 2007 23:33

Hi again guys and girls ... I've not posted here in quite a while, but here's a few updates to my 'Orca'.

Recently re-sprayed, except for the boot - my garage are still looking out for a good (no rust) replacement.

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I have taken those lovely shiny white wheels off for the winter and put a new set of 15"x7" wheels on:

Pilt

They have a lovely deep dish and really help the car hold on when cornering. I think I'll use some lower profile tyres next time. From what I can see, they're very similar to the ones Part has in his avatar.

I have also got a new decor panel and a louvre, but I have yet to fit the louvre:

Pilt

Hopefully, I will have the Airflow front and rear bumpers soon, too :notworthy:

Cheers everyone - Happy New Year!
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L Jaan 06, 2007 23:41

Happy new year you too. This car is a REAL BEAUTY. Good luck for building car.:thumb:
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L Jaan 06, 2007 23:48

Happy New Year!
You have a nice "aircraft"!
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L Jaan 06, 2007 23:52

BTW Can you tell us how popular is SAAB in GB?
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P Jaan 07, 2007 2:57

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BTW Can you tell us how popular is SAAB in GB?


Yeah, all we know about brits' opinion, was in the BBC Top Gear show, where Saab 9-5 was racing against Sea Harrier airplane :P I guess, with the older models it's more-less the same as we have here.... they are very rare - and very special ;)
"Why do those people who drive SAAB have THAT smile on their face?!" / J.Clarkson
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P Jaan 07, 2007 15:51

Thanks again for the comments - the car is really shaping up now. I need to do some work inside the car now the headliner has dropped. I am thinking of doing the headliner in a lighter colour (like a light grey/white leatherette) and re-covering the door inserts in the same colour. That would be in keeping with the 'Orca' theme :thumb:

SAABs in the UK? C900s and 99s are very popular "retro-cars". Our culture is very much to have new cars, so people who drive old cars are often thought of as poor; people who can't afford a new car. There is a difference between those people who tend to drive 5-10 year old cars and those of us who drive 15+ year old cars. When I first started driving C900s, they were still within 10 years old, so many people just thought of them as old cars, in the same way as we think of people today with 5-10 year old cars: " Old Bangers"!

Now C900s are just a bit older, they fall into the "retro-cars" category (not quite "classic", but definately not an "old banger") and a driven by much the same kind of people who buy old VWs or old Citröens. The same goes for 99s.

There are a lot of them about. On UK SAABs forums, there are loads of C900 drivers and loads of new people buying them. I know of about 10 or 15 in my area and I see 2-5 every day. We wave at each other :notworthy:

SAAB 96s are more rare in the UK. Many of them are used for historical rallying, so when they come up for sale they tend to be rally-prepared and not really suitable for road cars. My mechanics (who are independent SAAB specialists) deal mostly with C900s and 99s. They say they've never done any work on 96s, but I know they look after a couple of Reliant Scimitars which had the Ford Essex engine, too. They also look after a few track cars, like Caterhams, Westfields and things like that. Over the years, they say they're getting less work for old SAABs, which is odd, because I think there are more of them now.

The NG900 is not really well thought of and often just called a re-badged Vauxhall/Opel Vectra - a car which is thought of as a "common" car. The 9000 is still regarded as a very good car and there are loads of well looked-after examples, but they do tend to be owned by "SAAB people" who may have a C900 or a 99 for leisure driving. My C900 is my daily driver, BTW.

Newer SAABs, like the 9-3SS and the 9-5s are very popular cars. Since the introduction of the 9-3SS, there are loads more SAABs on the road. The introduction of the 1.9TDi was a very good move - that caught the market that would have bought Vauxhall (Opel) and the other 9-3SS models are taking the kind of people who would have bought Audi or BMW. It fits as a business car and sits in the same marque as Audi and BMW, where the old NG900 definately did not - that was seen more are a family car, like the Vauxhall Vectra or the Ford Mondeo.

So, there we are ... SAABing in the UK ;)

We did enjoy the sea harrier episode. It did seem to suggest that the car did not handle well and was a bit boring to drive ... unless you were in a straight line in 2nd gear and out-running a Porsche Carrera :notworthy: One of Top Gear's old presenters, called Quentin Wilson, did a good episode about the classic 900 and another old presenter, called Tiff Needel, did one about the NG900 which had a good couple of minutes about the C900. He used to race C900s in his younger days.
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