Saab at all times constructed uncommon and maybe even idiosyncratic vehicles, but it surely was additionally anchored by a way of rationality. Positive, it put keys in bizarre locations and used unconventional drivetrains (two-stroke threes, V4s, and longitudinal front-drivers) but it surely at all times had good, rational causes for doing so. That’s what makes this Saab 906 Turbo customized automobile so superb—it’s a Saab, free of rational thought.
Saab by no means really made a 900 Turbo wagon, and it positive as hell by no means made something with six wheels (effectively, perhaps there was some airplane that had six wheels on its touchdown gear or one thing) and it additionally by no means made something this, um, exuberant.
The particular person behind all of it was Leif Mellberg, a man who ran a store constructing customized vehicles and somebody who would later work with Saab in an official capability. Mellberg was the particular person chargeable for constructing Saab’s 900-based idea automobile, the Saab EV-1 in 1985, one yr after the 906 Turbo, so Saab will need to have been impressed.
You actually ought to see this ‘80s-tastic video in regards to the EV-1:
However let’s get again to the genuinely bonkers 906 Turbo. It’s not precisely clear why Mellberg needed to construct a hexaped gigantic Saab wagon; maybe the dearth of a real wagon for the 900 bothered him sufficient that he felt drastic motion was wanted?
Regardless of the cause, Mellberg took a 1981 Saab 900 GLS four-door hatchback and grafted on a stable two ft extra automobile behind the C-pillar, leading to a beast that was over 17 ft lengthy. To accomodate all the additional mass on the rear, one other axle was fitted.
Inside, he crammed the whole lot he may from regardless of the mid-’80s Swedish equal of a Sharper Picture catalog would have been: a tv, driving laptop, radar detector, small fridge, some kind of heater cupboard, 16 audio system, and possibly a bunch of ashtrays and lighters and pockets for copies of Interview or Spy journal or no matter was value studying on the time.
The entire glitter-beige stripey mass appears to have used the identical FWD drivetrain of the inventory 900 Turbo, which made about 143 horsepower, spectacular for an early ‘80s hatchback however most likely a bit sluggish when compelled to drag round 17 ft of Swedish intercourse lounge.
Nonetheless, I can’t assist however love this insane Swede; it’s all Saab quirkiness lastly unfettered, and the result’s as dazzlingly bizarre as you’d hope. Sadly, the 906 Turbo appears to have met its finish, post-paintjob, because the meat in an Escort/VW Polo sandwich in a Varberg, Sweden junkyard:
A tragic finish for one thing so majestic. Maybe this world simply wasn’t prepared for a large six-wheeled Saab wagon filled with devices. Maybe we by no means will probably be.