Peter Gilbert and the Million-Mile Saab 900SPG

Posted: February 28, 2014 in 1000000+
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I just want to warn you about this story. It’s not new. In fact, it goes back about eight years. But that does nothing to diminish the notability of Peter Gilbert and his 1989 million-mile Saab. He treated himself to a new sports car and drove it for the next seventeen years. He even smacked a deer with the car. That didn’t stop him. He replaced the transmission at 200k, but most of the parts are factory original. Which is amazing. In fact, the engine wasn’t even rebuilt. It did have some severe rust damage over the year, and eventually he donated it to a museum for display. He was hoping to get a new car from SAAB, but ended up getting jack. It’s not every day that someone becomes a driving advertisement for your car company. I feel GM could have done more for him.  That changes nothing about how amazing his achievement is. Hats off to you, Mr. Gilbert.

Update: According to High Mile Club reader Paolo, Peter did get a new Saab from GM. In 2007 he got a 9-5 Sportcombi. How ’bout them apples. That’s good to hear.

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  1. Paolo R. says:

    Jason,

    I met Mr. Gilbert at the Saab National Convention in the summer of 2005. He didn’t hesitate to show the Saab to me when I asked him – at that time, the car had roughly 956,000 miles on it. The driver’s seat had been replaced due to the original one wearing out and the stock factory 3-spoke steering wheel was replaced with a Momo wheel.

    You mentioned that he did not get anything from Saab. At the time he turned the millionth mile in August 2006, he half-jokingly said that he would like to have a new car from Saab. That new car came in the spring of 2007, when they gave him a brand-new 9-5 SportCombi, free of charge. He still owns that car.

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