Back in 1986 Saab were really starting to build momentum with their brilliant 900 Turbo. The 16 valve engine had been out for a few years and, whilst fairly expensive, they sold well.
If you were lucky enough to have a very well off parent buying a 900 for themselves you may have stood a chance of twisting their arm to buy a 006. I was not. My wonderful grandfather who bought his 900 in 1980 would have been far too sensible to spend the equivalent of around £4000 in todays money on such an expensive toy.
They can just about fit an adult and child in, have petrol engine and will do 22 mph. Single drum brake on the rear. Option to lock up the rear axle for use 2wd instead of so you can use it in the snow.
Fortunately. As an adult, I can make these silly decisions. If only I could find one! I first became aware of the 006 years ago and started to keep an eye out. With just 75 made back in 1986 they are not easy to come by. Luckily a few years ago I was pointed to one that had come up for sale. It was not in brilliant condition but had most of the important bits there. It was the first I had seen for sale in about four years so I was certainly not going to miss out on it. I borrowed a friends 9-5 and went to collect it.
It was bigger and heavier than I expected. I paid too much for it. And it was pretty scruffy. But I was over joyed to have found one.
Once home I got it into the house to have a look at what I'd bought. The first time I took a picture of it my flash came on and I realised the stickers were reflective which was pretty cool. No idea how I'll ever get them reproduced though.
After the initial excitement life got pretty busy for a while so it made its way to the shed to await 'free time'