In Saturn's early days, the company's brochures were always a little bit different from your "typical" vehicle brochures. In addition to showcasing that model year's new features, Saturn used the pages of its brochures to tell a story about what made its cars different. You'll notice how none of the brochures below even show a car on their covers.
I had a set of black emblems on my 1997 S-Series and loved the look; I'd like to do put a set on my '99. But these days there are no local dealers that I know of who are still around to call and check with, so wanted to see if anyone knew of an online place that I could go to, or if some dealers still have them?
Mark Vaughn from AutoWeek: More than 200 cars from GM's Heritage Fleet went on the block in what GM called normal housekeeping. Note that's the Heritage Fleet, which is different from the Heritage Collection. The latter has about 350 cars. "The Heritage Collection is sacred, a critical part of the history of GM," said Brian Baker, collection manager and design historian.
Jalopnik.com reports General Motors will auction off a number of vehicles from its vaunted Heritage Center museum collection in an effort to raise cash to help offset the huge losses the company is faced with due to the global financial crisis. There are about 1000 vehicles of historical significance in storage that GM uses for the displays at the museum, but only about 150 to 200 of those vehicles can be featured at one time. On the list of vehicles to be auctioned are several notable Saturns from the past. The website says they will be sold at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction held January 13-19 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Chris Chase from CanadianDriver.com: The second-generation S-series was offered in sedan, station wagon and coupe body styles (the second-gen coupe arrived a year later than its sedan and wagon siblings). In 1999, Saturn added a third door to the driver's side of the coupe to allow easier access to the rear seat.
Pictured above is the front page of the single-page brochure created to promote the 1999 Saturn Homecoming SL2. Only a limited number of these green sedans were built to commemorate the brand's second homecoming celebration held in July of '99 at the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The MSRP for this special model was $17,405.
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