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A bit of Tuesday Trivia:

John Gardner wrote a number of Bond novels during the '80's and gave him a Saab Turbo with a sealed engine that could run on butane. He was trying to make Bond a bit more "PC" and "environmentally aware".

At various points, he was taught left-foot braking by Eric Carlsson and won a race with a Shelby Mustang.


From Classic & Sportscar Magazine, July 2003
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In the Gardner books Bond had a Special, in a non-Q branch way) 900Turbo. The Silver Beast. Featuring such luxuries as water injection and an aircraft landing light under the front number plate, which must have rendered the night vision system fairly useless!! Nice Heads-Up-Display though and neat cubby holes for light armaments. Shame non of these books made it into screen plays for Brosnan's movies, but it IS nice to see the Astons (and other Ford products? Jags and Thunderbird) in the latest film. Couldn't really see Bond foiling international terrorism in a 9-3 sport, could you?
 

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The 900T as featured in the Licence Renewed book was actually built and used by Saab as a promo car. I had the good fortune as a pre-pimply youth to be taken out in it by Mike Bennion who used to race a 99T for Saab GB (amongst others) and it was the real deal. Not as quick as you might imagine though, as it was a standard B-engined 900T with water injection (about 175bhp??) but with bullet proof glass & other features very heavy. My dad's water injected 99T at the time was MUCH quicker.

Then when the film rights were sold, BMW got in on the action and Saab were forced to mothball the car. No idea where it is now but it still exists somewhere.
 

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Originally posted by fliptop:
[qb]Then when the film rights were sold, BMW got in on the action and Saab were forced to mothball the car.  No idea where it is now but it still exists somewhere. [/qb][/b]
The car is in the Saab Car Museum, though not always on show.
 
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