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Ha, check it out: it's a Saab! An interesting move for me because I'm not usually inclined toward Saabs, though they are fun, quirky cars. I always liked the looks of the 900 convertible and I can't have enough drop-tops, so this appealed to me. The big draw was the sheer level of detail (especially the interior) and all the working parts. As for overall model quality, I'd put it squarely in the middle. The pricetag reflected that - it was less than $200, which I think was accurate. One the one hand, there are those massive dogleg hinges; the shutlines are good, but not stellar, especially on the hood; and the paint job is decent but not on par with most upper-level diecasts. Also, the packaging was atrocious: two-part thin cardboard box that wasn't taped/fastened at all, holding a simple plastic display stand and plastic 'clamshell' pieces outlining the car and surrounding the top; the type of thing that my Ertl/Highway 61 purchases came in about fifteen years ago. The only casualty, albeit unfortunate, was the rear antenna getting snapped off in transit. But those things aside, the model is actually pretty nice! Along with the obligatory removeable soft top, we've got folding side mirrors; folding front seats; and opening glovebox, center console, and filler cap; and hidden spare tire under the trunk. Plus, carpeted floors, legible displays, and authentic-looking seats. (The top is a perfect fit, by the way, something that Autoart has had trouble with in the past.) Very well-done. The engine is decent! Always love a turbo. And I just like the fact that this one's a little different. It's only the second Swedish car in my collection, so I figure it's about time. I call this a win!