Saab 900 Turbo

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Andy Tal­bot

EN­GINE 1985cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 185bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 212lb ft@2800rpm TOP SPEED 137mph 0-60MPH 8.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 23-35mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, five-speed man­ual MoT Novem­ber 2017 ODOME­TER 199,275 miles The en­gine fires in­stantly and the turbo soon reaches its power sweet spot once it’s over­come the ini­tial lag. Gear se­lec­tion and throt­tle re­sponse are both ex­tremely smooth and the up­rated sports springs and dampers be­have as they should, with ef­fec­tive brakes pro­vid­ing prompt stop­ping power.


The Ruby Mica metal­lic paint is in good con­di­tion, with only slight touch­ing up ev­i­dent around the bumpers, but a good mop would prob­a­bly bring the paint up to a more sparkling fin­ish. There are no dents in the body and no rust in the usual Saab 900 rot-spots, such as the whee­larches and door bot­toms. The floor­pan ap­pears solid and shut­lines are straight and even. The ra­di­a­tor grille is a qual­ity af­ter­mar­ket sub­sti­tute and the fac­tory grey three-spoke Su­per Aero 15in al­loy wheels, which are a lighter shade than stan­dard, have a cou­ple of lac­quer­re­lated is­sues. The Vre­destein tyres are cracked and ought to be re­placed. The tail­gate and rear bumper have been pro­fes­sion­ally re­sprayed.


The front seats’ orig­i­nal Zegna wool in­serts have re­cently been re­placed with dark grey leather due to wear and tear, but the door cards and rear seats are as per orig­i­nal and look like new. Other im­prove­ments in­clude a new head­lin­ing and dash­board top and a con­tem­po­rary Ken­wood CD/ra­dio. All the electrics, in­clud­ing the steel slid­ing sun­roof, air con­di­tion­ing and elec­tric win­dows, work as they should and the switchgear, gauges, gear­stick gaiter and wooden dash pan­elling are all in fine order.


This Saab has been sub­ject to a full brake over­haul in the last 18 months, in­clud­ing new lines, hoses, discs and pads. In ad­di­tion, the ageing head­lights, win­dow reg­u­la­tors and bat­tery have been re­placed and the sun­roof mech­a­nism over­hauled. It was ser­viced in March 2017 (the ser­vice book is fully stamped up) and the orig­i­nal Saab wal­let is full of his­tory dat­ing back to its orig­i­nal sale. Var­i­ous fac­tory and ser­vice stick­ers are ap­par­ent in the en­gine bay, which looks tidy and cared-for rather than to show stan­dard. All flu­ids are to their cor­rect lev­els and ev­ery­thing ap­pears to be fac­tory orginal.


The Saab 900 Turbo is a true de­sign clas­sic and this lim­ited edi­tion Ruby swan­song model is get­ting in­creas­ingly scarce, be­ing num­ber 60 of just 150 UK cars pro­duced in 1993, the fi­nal year of clas­sic 900 pro­duc­tion. It may have had five former keep­ers and the mileage might be some­what on the high side, but you would strug­gle to find a more cos­set­ted, yet prop­er­lyused Saab than this. Look af­ter it, and you’ll be left with a steadily ap­pre­ci­at­ing clas­sic.


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