There was a time when convertibles played a big role. You could also say that it was the convertible itself that Saab had saved - back then, 31 years ago, when the first open Saabs rolled to customers.
The design of the first 900 Cabriolet polarized. You loved it or you hated it. In any case, there were enough customers around the world who were willing to accept long delivery times and steep prices. At times Saab sold more open vehicles than those with a fixed roof. It stayed that way with the following generations; the convertible became part of Saab's DNA.
The successor of the first Saab 900 convertible generation came 1994 on the market. The open Saab was now less polarizing than its predecessor, but also less characterful. Saab had done everything right. The design was typical of the brand, handling and ride comfort better than the old model. And yet, something was missing.
If you see both models in direct comparison today, then the 900 I Cabriolet is the mature classic. With the 900 II, on the other hand, you are not exactly sure where it will develop. The premiere was 23 years ago.
Saab 900 II Cabriolet. License plate change in the course of the film.
The film from our archive is a Saab Germany production. It was released on June 12, 1994 and is primarily a homage to the convertible. In the style of the 90s, a new, open Saab glides through the landscape. The journey begins in bad weather conditions and ends in the sunny south. In the last sequence, the driver says goodbye with a swim in the sea, and the post serves all the clichés common at the time.
The video of Saab Germany has one flaw and it is easy to find. The ride starts with a Swedish license plate. And suddenly, barely the sun is shining, a Saab 900 convertible with the traditional Bad Homburger license plate drives through the area.