1978 AEKI Skeva Turbo
Really, is there anything that the Swedes won’t turbocharge? Alright, we jest, we jest. You know that we love our Scandinavian friends and their penchant for blowing lots of hot air.
Meet the '78 AEKI Skeva Turbo, the car where “hot hatch” met “premium sedan”. Without the sedan bits, of course. Fuel injected and turbocharged, the 8-valve, 2-liter SOHC motor puts out 170 ponies, and is bolted to a transaxle that sends all that to the front wheels. For extra smoky burnouts that make truck guys wonder what the hell just happened.
The Skeva Turbo has a 5-speed manual option for proper sporting use. Inside it includes leatherette seating for 4, a Hi-Fi quadraphonic 8-track radio system, and the finest in safety features such as 3-point front seatbelts with pretensioners, high strength door intrusion beams, and electronic fuel cutoff in the event of a collision.
This may be one of our favorite funkadelic foreign cars to reign during the late 70’s and early 80’s. It’s fun to drive, yet at the same time quite refined. Not too horribly pricy to get your hands on a clean example these days, though that’s bound to change, given a recent spike in interest from collectors.
We’ve seen at least a half a dozen at the last two car shows we went to, and our chief editor was lamenting being stuck behind one all day at the track last weekend. He was swearing up and down that the car wasn’t moving over after being flagged, but the video evidence is under review.
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