1987 Saab 9000 Talladega #4 – IMHOF Talladega, Alabama

Posted on 11. Jun, 2008 by in 2000-2009, 9000, 9000

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Photo Credit: International Motorsports Hall Of Fame

There has always been the understanding that the 1986 Talladega “Long Run” event that Saab Automobile ran, consisted of three 1987 Saab 9000 Turbo models.

This information has always been true until I have made this late breaking discovery. In my recent dialog with the folks at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum in Talladega, Alabama, where the original Talladega event took place, I have found out there has been a fourth model!

This discovery consists of a never before known, super rare 1987 Saab 9000 Turbo designated as #4, whereby previously we all understood there to be only three vehicles that participated in the “Long Run” event at Talladaga Super Speedway back in October of 1986, and what’s more, this Saab 9000 is painted “black”!

This leaves, number 1 which we do not know the whereabouts of, then other two vehicles, numbers 2 and 3 respectfully, which reside at the Saab Museum in Trollhattan, Sweden as well as the Saab USA Heritage Collection in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

I am truly surprised about this recent discovery and hope that there can be more information provided when it comes to this extremely rare, never believed to exist 4th Talladega “Long Run” Saab 9000 Turbo. In scanning both the Saab “Long Run” video as well as the Saab Long Run “The Fastest” Promotional video, I have not seen this “black” 9000 Talladega model at all, so again, I am speechless.

Update: This just in from Saab History frequenter, Peter Hornby:

The English edition of “The spirit of Saab” notes on page 170 that a black 9000T was used for initial testing at the Talledega circuit, and later as a camera car for the main attempt (so not seen in any photos !).

More info :

test manager : Olle Granlund
dates : 29 Sept – 5 October
distance : 20,047 km
Ave speed : 212 km/h (excluding pit stops), 203 km/hr including pit stops
pit stops : included manual refuelling
fuel consumption : approx 30l / 100km (I got 9.9 l / 100km over 45,000 km which included high speed travel in Germany)

9000-#4 donated to IMHOF by Saab Scania of America 1987

If you are interested in seeing this super rare “black” 1987 Saab 9000 Talladega #4 in real life, please visit the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF) at the following address where you can even purchase museum tickets online. The IMHOF opened in April of 1983 and offers more than 120 racing vehicles and memorabilia dating back to 1902, spans three buildings and enclosed courtyard, so plan your time accordingly!

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International Motorsports Hall Of Fame
3198 Speedway Boulevard
Talladega, AL 35161
256-362-5002

http://www.motorsportshalloffame.com/

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3 Responses to “1987 Saab 9000 Talladega #4 – IMHOF Talladega, Alabama”

  1. peter

    11. Jun, 2008

    The English edition of “The spirit of Saab” notes on page 170 that a black 9000T was used for initial testing at the Talledega circuit, and later as a camera car for the main attempt (so not seen in any photos !).

    More info :

    test manager : Olle Granlund
    dates : 29 Sept – 5 October
    distance : 20,047 km
    Ave speed : 212 km/h (excluding pit stops), 213 km/h (including pit stops)
    pit stops : included manual refuelling
    fuel consumption : approx 30l / 100km (I got 9.9 l / 100km over 45,000 km which included high speed travel in Germany)

    Peter

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  2. peter

    11. Jun, 2008

    Correction ……….

    Should read 203 km/hr including pit stops

    Peter

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  3. Ryan

    12. Jun, 2008

    Peter,

    Thanks! I updated it!

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