Although a Chinese-owned consortium calling itself National Electric Vehicle Sweden is supposedly working on restarting Saab car production with an all-electric version of the most recent 9-3, the quirky Swedish marque is, for all intents and purposes, dead. You can blame GM for poor stewardship of the brand both during and after its period of ownership, blame the Germans and Japanese for doing the whole entry level luxury car thing better, and even blame Ivy League professors for dumping both Saab and Volvo en masse in favor of the Toyota Prius, but the bottom line is the Saab we all knew and loved – the one that brought us giant-slaying two-stroke rally weapons, jet-inspired hot hatches that went on to star in music videos and, yes, rebadged Subaru Impreza Wagons and Chevy Trailblazers – is no more. And there’s still no guarantee that NEVS will be able to revive it, either.
Of course, no matter what happens with Saab in the future, we’ll always have the cars it made in the past. And what one man has done with an old (but not that old) Saab is incredible. This GM-era 900 (a.k.a. NG900) has been boosted within an eighth-of-an-inch of its life, allowing it to reach 174 mph in the standing mile. And in case that wasn’t remarkable enough, it looks pretty much bone stock. While it might not be the most conventional memorial to Saab, Saab wasn’t exactly the most conventional car company, either.