Posted by: motorvationsaab | November 2, 2012

James Bond and Saab 007 !

On the back of last weeks Top Gear Bond car special with Richard Hammond I had a look around to see if there was ever a link with Saab……..

Lo and behold there was. Read on…..

Saab 007

In the early 1980’s there was a revival of the James Bond 007 franchise. John Gardner was chosen to write the new Bond adventures starting with Licence Renewed. Gardner wanted to put him into very much an eighties motor car, so chose a silver Saab 900 Turbo, replacing the Bentley, as Commander Bonds personal car. Nicknamed “ The Silver Beast” by his intelligence colleagues, the car was modified by the real-life company Communication Control Systems, Ltd. (CCS) (now called Security Intelligence Technology Group).

James Bond Saab

Saab advert for the new Saab 900 Turbo.

This car was not your ordinary Saab. The “Silver Beast,” saw 007 through the first three novels by John Gardner; this car saw as much action, and carried just as many hidden surprises, as the iconic 007 Aston Martin DB5.In 1982 Saab constructed a  real version of the 900 Turbo with the gadgets exactly as described in License Renewed. This 900 included a specially developed turbo changed engine with water injection, increasing the power to 240 BHP from 2000cc and the car launched from 0 – 60 Mph in less than 7 seconds. Martin Lyons from Cardif remembers having it at a dealership he once worked in and remembers the inch thick glass windows.

The modifications fitted to the car are listed below

 * Water-cooled turbo engine modification per Saab Law Enforcement specs, producing a top speed in excess of 170 MPH.
* Modified fuel system capable of running on gasoline or gasohol.
* Halon 12 fire extinguishing system and fire-proofing.
* Digital heads-up instrument display.
* Remote text-messaging system via black box phone hook up to landline.
* Mobile phone.
* Four external tear gas ducts.
* Filter to stop deadly gas from entering the car’s passenger cabin.
* Oxygen masks under the seats in CO2-operated compartment.
* Several hidden compartments in dashboard containing TH70 Nitefinder goggles (for driving without headlights), grenades, one unauthorised Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum revolver, and one Browning automatic handgun.
* Fully armor-plated body.
* Bulletproof glass.
* Steel-reinforced ramming bumpers back and front.
* Heavy-duty Dunlop Denovos tyres self-sealing even after being hit by bullets.
* Side gun-port.
* Remote starter kit.
* Rotating license plates.
* Two Halogen fog lamps.
* Aircraft headlight hidden behind front license plate.



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