This is an article from 20 February 2015 and previously posted on saabworld.net.
This is your chance to own a piece of Saab rally history in the USA. This Saab 900 “Pikes Peak” was part of the GM Heritage Collection and was auctioned in Scottsdale, Arizona from January 10th to 18th. Auction records show it was sold for $5,170 and is currently offered for $29,900 by MotoExotica in St. Louis, Missouri.
It was also auctioned in 2009 by the same auctioneer Barrett-Jackson and sold for $8,470. It is not immediately clear where this car spent its time in the last 6 years.
Saab conquered the mountain with a 900 Turbo that is virtually identical to one that’s available right off the showroom floor, right down to the leather-lined interior and optional walnut dashboard trim. Rules allow very few modifications to the car other than a racing seat, five-point safety belts, B.F. Goodrich racing tires, roll cage and other safety equipment. The 185-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine is turbocharged and intercooled, matched with a five-speed manual transmission. High altitudes sap the power from most engines, but turbocharging helps to overcome the effects of the mountain’s thin air because the turbo pressurizes the intake air for the engine.
More information about Pikes Peak and this Saab 900: Saab 900 Turbo “Races to the Clouds” in 75th Annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb | Saab History
This Saab used to be part of the Saab USA Heritage collection: http://saabworld.org/1995-saab-900-pikes-peak-heritage-collection-saab-usa/
Information from MotoExotica:
Asking Price: $29,900
Sold For: $15,900
Stock Number: 150128
Model: 900 NG
- Pikes Peak Racecar with history and legacy
- From the GM Heritage Collection
- Pikes Peak “Race to the Clouds” time of 13:46 in 1997
- Placed second in the High Performance Showroom Stock 2WD class.
- Full roll cage
- Halon fire suppression system
- Raced by Car & Driver editor Larry Webster
- Sparco Evo seats
- Sabelt harnesses
MotoeXotica is pleased to present this 1997 Saab 900 Pikes Peak Rally car. This car recently left the GM Heritage Collection, but it’s still worth mentioning (maybe more so now that it’s gone). It was sold at auction in January along with a larger collection of historical GM concepts and test vehicles. It’s sad that this was the one GM let go, because the NG, or “New Generation” 900 was the foundation of the GM era at Saab. Money was tight when the company was working on this successor to the 99/900 throne, and had GM not cut in and taken ownership, the 900 and the company as a whole may have folded in 1989. This car was the Talladega 9000 of its decade, used in the same manner to demonstrate the toughness and reliability of another new Saab. Using the tried-and-true turbo four rather than the new V-6, the 900 Pikes Peak pulled its way up to the top of Colorado’s meanest peak. Basically stock, the car was modified only with a roll cage, racing seats, and at least 10 hp worth of go-fast sticker.