Classic Data has examined the classic cars that had the highest added value in the last 5 years. In second place of all vehicles is the Saab 900 Cabriolet of the first series. For an open 900 in the 2 state, Classic Data calculates a market value of 18.200 €. The value is based on the valuations made by Classic Data and that is where the weak point might lie.
Because there are usually worlds between the expert opinion and the sums actually paid. During a tour of the oldtimer fair in Stuttgart, the prices are first confirmed. My good friend Horst was on the road for us and has captured prizes for Saab classics. € 18.900 for a 900 Cabriolet, no special series - no “last run”, is an announcement, but the mileage is extremely low. A typical collector's item, which has lost the griffin on the bonnet.
Although the prices for the Saab 900 the first series for years in the climb, but currently they are taking off. The Saab 900, if it is turbo, if it is Cabriolet or Coupe, then it is desired. Leather is required! Suckers, 5-door models or Saab 900 with 3-gear automatic are less in demand. The color must be right. Black, Odoardo Gray or Yellow, as in the Saab 900 Monte Carlo Cabriolet, then fits the demand.
If the color is not right, it will be tight. For one year, this Saab 900 Turbo steeplycutter with sensational 109.000 kilometers is for sale. I had contact with the seller, first it was said the Saab was sold to Holland, then again not. On demand came pictures, which confirmed the description. Why did not I buy the red 900? The color is to blame. Red does not work, neither does the interior color, says the family.
Prices of around € 20.000 or more usually bring the super rare 900 Monte Carlos. Or the “Last-Run” models, the farewell edition from Trollhättan. The rest of them don't. Still, the 900 is a good buy. In addition to superb design, turbo power, sound and lots of driving fun, there will be added value in the coming years.
What about the rest of the Saab classic squad? Saab 96 have been languishing for years, Saab Sonetts are getting a bit more expensive from year to year. A factor that is also due to the low supply. That meets with stable demand. The Saab collector, who already has almost everything, gets as Saab number 10 just a sonnet home. It's that simple and there are some in Saab circles that do it that way.
Let's take a look at the upcoming classics, the Saab 9000 and the Saab 900 of the second series. The 9000 slowly separates the wheat from the chaff, as the saying goes. End-use cars disappear into the junkyard, the supply slowly thins out. A uniform trend is not yet visible, the scene is only emerging.
The pricing is accordingly inconsistent. For 9000s from first hand, with very few kilometers, between astonishing 2011 and 10.000 € were called - and paid for - in 15.000. Good vehicles for 4.000 or 5.000 €, however, the tires can stand square. For a long time you will not find a buyer, which may not be explainable, but it is. Because for the classic end user these 9000s are too expensive and now too old. The fan base doesn't like to compromise, all features have to be right. So some good specimens can stand forever with the wrong color or naturally aspirated engine.
Bargains are still possible. From time to time, a first-hand vehicle is for sale, for a terrifyingly small amount of money. Anyone who sees one should strike. Especially if it is one of the sought Aero or Anniversary types. Because the time of the cheap Saab 9000 comes to an end, even because of the lack of supply.
There is no prognosis for the 900 II. Or more simply, I do not dare. In my mind, I went through my very large, Saab-driving friends and acquaintances. One has an 900 II, which scared me. Apparently, the successor of the legend from Trollhättan finds no market and no lover's circle. Which is not fair, because the 900 II does not deserve this. In it is more Saab than the press wants to make us believe and still there are beautiful, well-maintained specimens for the tight purse. As an entry into the Saab scene necessarily suitable because the spare parts are easy to get.
The topic 900 II will be more interesting to us soon. There will be a driving report and a photo story in the coming weeks. Then we clear up with prejudice and clarify whether the Saab 900 II is rightly spurned by the community.