The “classic” Saab 900 produced from 1978 to 1993 was based on the Saab 99 chassis, though with a longer front end to meet U.S. frontal crash regulations. Refined over several decades of two-digit Saab models, the 900’s double wishbone suspension design provided excellent handling and road feel. Like its predecessor the 99, the 900 contained a number of unusual design features that distinguish it from most other cars. First, the engine was installed “backwards”, with power delivered from the crank at the front of the car. Second, the transmission, technically a transaxle, bolted directly to the bottom of the engine to form the oil pan, power was delivered out of the engine at the front, then transferred down and back to the transmission below.