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

Random Article from the SaturnFans.com Archives

Confirmed: GM Plans to Sell Saturn

GM Renaissance Center

In a news brief today, GM confirmed that there a several buyers interested in purchasing Saturn. While no specific names were mentioned, the company anticipates a sale to be made by the end of the year. The company advising the sale of the brand is S.J. Girsky & Co. Speculations abound as to which parties are interested in purchasing the brand. Last month, Black Oak Partners, based in Oklahoma City, confirmed it's interest in purchasing the brand. Rumors speculate throughout the media that the company is also looking for potential buyers in foreign markets such as China and India. Both countries are eager to gain market share in the United Sates.