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Charlie 10-25-2013 09:52 PM

Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
A new story entry has been added:

[url=http://www.saturnfans.com/cars/s-series/flashback-friday-first-saturn-sold-today-1990]Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990[/url]

[quote][IMG]http://www.saturnfans.com/images/firstsaturn-bluesl2clearwater-500.jpg[/IMG]
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."[/quote]

walt 10-27-2013 06:44 AM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
Where is the car now?

Charlie 10-27-2013 11:24 AM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
[QUOTE=walt;2017803]Where is the car now?[/QUOTE]

That's a good question. I haven't heard. I wonder what happened to Saturn of Clearwater after Saturn closed? Maybe someone from the area knows?

Charlie

PaulR 11-02-2013 11:58 AM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
[QUOTE=Charlie;2017874]That's a good question. I haven't heard. I wonder what happened to Saturn of Clearwater after Saturn closed? Maybe someone from the area knows?

Charlie[/QUOTE]

Right, the news story gave us the background on the car but nothing of what became of it. Where is the car now? Did the dealer keep it around all those years? Did some car museum buy it later? What happened to the two cars the lady got from the dealer in exchange for the "first Saturn ever sold"? The article mentioned that one of them went to her son that was attending college at the time. Did he thoroughly thrash the car, as most college kids do, and has it long since been junked? What about the ladies car does she still have the replacement Saturn? I know that this is over 20 years ago but I wish the writers would please not tease me with this kind of a story and then leave me hanging.

ohioguy98 11-08-2013 03:26 PM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
After reading the news clip, I also wonder how the national press was already there at all, let alone at midnight. How would they have known when and where the first Saturn was going to be sold? Obviously it must have been a planned and/or staged event.

The photo attached to the story reminds me of when we bought our new Satty in '97. When we showed up to take delivery at the appointed time, our car was prepped and parked on the showroom floor just like that one. After the paperwork was completed, we were handed the keys as we posed for photos by the car. Then, as a big group of dealership employees gathered around and waved, we drove it off the showroom floor ourselves, and down the road we went. It was a little more fuss and ceremony than I preferred at the time, but in retrospect it was symbolic and kind of cool.

We no longer have the photo nor car. I wish I had kept both.

409 jim 02-03-2014 01:59 AM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
Hi,

Nice photo of a 1992 SC1 coupe (my favorite model) This one is a later production one, at that, as there are no windshield washer nozzles in the hood.

As far as I know, the first production Saturn is in the Heritage Museum, it is a 1991 SL2

Anybody know of any Saturn prototypes around that were built in the Fiero plant?

saturnsctwo 02-03-2014 07:42 PM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
[QUOTE=walt;2017803]Where is the car now?[/QUOTE] does anybody have it's vin number?

saturnsctwo 02-03-2014 07:43 PM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
[QUOTE=Charlie;2017495]A new story entry has been added:

[url=http://www.saturnfans.com/cars/s-series/flashback-friday-first-saturn-sold-today-1990]Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990[/url][/QUOTE] she only kept her 25th wedding anniversary present for 10 months??

westwind999 02-13-2014 06:25 AM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
It would be interesting to interview Elaine after all these years. It seems Lokey Saturn still had the car in 2009:

[url]http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/autos/local-saturn-dealers-lament-the-end-of-a-promising-brand/1040825[/url]

fetchitfido 02-13-2014 09:46 PM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
[QUOTE=saturnsctwo;2041210]does anybody have it's vin number?[/QUOTE]
Educated guess using posted info of the car, [URL="http://www.differentracing.com/"]Different Racing[/URL]'s [URL="http://www.differentracing.com/tech_articles/vin_decode.html"]VIN Decoder[/URL] and some random looking [URL="http://www.alton-moore.net/vin_calculation.php"]check digit calculator[/URL]:

1G8ZJ5471MZ100001

Actual serial number (and corresponding check digit) is probably different as the posted '91 SL2 is the first one _sold_ and not the first one off the assembly line.

cityhawk 02-18-2014 03:38 AM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
[QUOTE=westwind999;2043714]It would be interesting to interview Elaine after all these years. It seems Lokey Saturn still had the car in 2009:

[url]http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/autos/local-saturn-dealers-lament-the-end-of-a-promising-brand/1040825[/url][/QUOTE]

A promising lead. Anyone in the area know what became of Lokey Saturn? Is it a different dealership now? same ownership? Perhaps someeone there knowws the whereabouts of the car.

85HP 02-26-2014 08:55 PM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
Paul Lokey is still very much in business with several dealerships. He would probably know. Contact info is here:

[url]http://www.lokey.com/dealership/staff.htm[/url]

02OrangeSC2 12-03-2016 03:40 PM

Re: Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990
 
Anyone ever find out anymore about what happened to this car?


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