Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990

On this date in 1990, Saturn sold its first car. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the first Saturn - the blue SL2 sedan shown above - was sold just after midnight to Elaine Terry at Saturn of Clearwater. "I wanted an American-made car and decided to give it a try," Mrs. Terry told the newspaper. It was a 25th wedding anniversary present. USA Today and CNN were reportedly at the retail facility to document the event. "I kept it for 10 months and put over 5,000 miles on it. People all over the country wanted to buy the car from me. One man in Las Vegas was talking up to $100,000 for it." However, after some discussion with Saturn of Clearwater, she decided to sell it back to them so it could be put on display at the store. "We gave her two 1992 cars of her choice to get that original car back," recalls Scott Harlib, general manager of Saturn of Clearwater. "I got a new car and the other one went to my son, who was in college at the time and needed a car," she said. In addition, after talking about her car and ownership experiences at local dealership events in the months after her purchase, Saturn hired Mrs. Terry in 1992 to do public relations work for the company.

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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TiVo Alert: See the Saturn Vue Hybrid on "Renovation Nation" Tonight

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From Lisa Gilpin at ImSaturn: Saturn has teamed up with Planet Green's "Renovation Nation." Steve Thomas is the host, and works with a variety of groups and individuals to make their homes more green and cost-efficient. Tonight's episode begins a summer-long journey around the country, where Steve will work with a variety of local Habitat for Humanity groups. You'll see the Saturn VUE hybrid play a key role, and the season will culminate in late August with a special Detroit episode, featuring the Saturn "Hands on Home" project.