SOTW: Saab 900 Turbo

A grand would probably buy you Saab outright these days but, to keep things at a more realistic Shed level, we'll stick to a single example of Swedish weirdness and turbocharged fun.

Non saggy, velour heavy interior pictured
Non saggy, velour heavy interior pictured
Info in the advert accompanying this 1989 900 16V Turbo is scarce but it's taxed and tested until the summer and boasts, quote, 'no sag'. If we're talking headlining here then that makes it one better than the last 900 Turbo Shed investigated, though considering this advert’s 'details' are about as extensive as 'red', 'petro'’ and '3 doors' you might want to give it a once over before chucking in your grand. There is what appears to be a folder with some paperwork, which is a little more encouraging. And for a shed the interior seems to have scrubbed up nice for the photos with some lovely late 80s velour action going on.

A special mention also for the fact the correct three-spoke alloys are present and correct, the Saab 900 perhaps the only car in the history of time to even approach making such things look cool.

Classic Saab face wears its  years well
Classic Saab face wears its years well
Earlier in the year Saab itself sold off all its old cars and while no museum piece yet this 900 Turbo represents what, for many, was the last of the 'proper' Saabs. It ain't pretty, it's probably not much to drive by any reasonable modern standards and yet there's something melancholic and lovely about it.

You might not be able to actually save Saab for a grand. But you might be able to save this one.

Advert is reproduced below:

1989 Saab 900 turbo.

MOT until 6th August 2012

road tax until july 2012

immobiliser, power windows, sunroof, fabric on roof intact, no sag, cruise control, no faults

cd player

999 or nearest offer


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  • oldhack 20 Mar 2012

    s m said:
    I remember reading Performance Car when Kevin Blick(?) used to run a Carlsson version in the Long-termers - always seemed to be battling through the snow in it smile
    It always snowed when we were young! And I was a bit of a Saab-ophile: three T16S, one 8 valve Turbo, one non-turbo, two 95 V4s - they're the estate version of the 96, a 96 2-stroke and even a 9000 (v. boring).

  • tommy vercetti 20 Mar 2012

    I love these cars, however I wouldn't have it in red, black suits it better, imo.

  • irish boy 20 Mar 2012

    Harry my friend top lurking! biggrin

    Hope the saab is running lovely and you are enjoying it.

    Jason's organised an irish music night in clenaghans in 2 weeks so will see you there beer

  • hwajones 20 Mar 2012

    [quote=irish boy]Always enjoy when these come up as sotw...this must be the 3rd? Great cars....I had an absolutely fantastic t16s for 3 years, rarely drove it but took it 2500 miles round scotland on my honeymoon and it was faultless. sold it last year and regretted it but may be able to buy it back at some stage so fingers crossed?

    ps what happened the guy matt-t16 who used to own that black car I think and be the absolute bible on these cars round here a few years ago??

    my old one....

    Keep them crossed Boy, she's settling in well down here! smile

  • Strawman 19 Mar 2012

    g00chy said:
    ahhh memories, always loved but never owned
    remember having a poster on my wall as a kid of Public Enemy all looking "gangster" at the front of a 900 lol
    Are you thinking of Marky Mark and the funky bunch?

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