Whoever drove to work on a nice summer's day with a classic Saab 900 or 9000 might have a smile on their face at the end of the ride. That could also be due to the legendary turbo engines. They are really fun and every Saab ride to enjoy.
Per Gillbrand was considered to be the leader behind the Saab Turbo development. Turbo Pelle, as he was affectionately known by his friends, was interested in all types of locomotion. Engines were his great passion, which he pursued until his death in 2016.
Typical of the versatility of the great engineer is his racing boat, which is now being auctioned in Sweden. It is a single piece that is powered by a modified Saab turbo engine. In conjunction with an injection system from the Porsche 928 and a charge air cooler, the engine delivers 300 PS. He makes the speedboat supposedly 85 knot fast. It probably originated in the 80 years. Last year, it was briefly exhibited at the Saab Bil Museum, now it is at Bilweb auctioned.
The auction ends today, the price is not high yet. For those quick to decide, the unique opportunity to purchase a piece of Swedish history.
How about a Monte Carlo?
In addition to Per Gillbrands racing boat another Saab history auctioned off. A beautiful Monte Carlo 850who has nothing to do with Turbo Pelle. The history is not quite verifiable, but the car is almost consistently in a beautiful original condition with a patina and normal signs of wear. It comes from Jämtland, where it spent most of its automobile existence with a family.
The classic Monte Carlos are wanted, even if they have no race history like this one. Technically, it was restored, the original condition with all traces of use was preserved. This is rare and to be welcomed, because the world is unfortunately full of over-restored specimens of automotive classics. This auction ends today, in the middle of the Swedish summer hole. One may be curious about the result.