Frankfurt, the classic city. There he stands in front of me! Red leather and red lacquer on which yellow pollen has gently laid. Without question, a special, hot Saab 900 Turbo. One of the good guys, the kind you don't find too often anymore. The 900 comes from the Ratzmann Collection. I was allowed to borrow it for a day and am looking forward to this special car like a little boy.
A red Saab 900 Coupe
The 900 Coupe was the brand's top model when it was delivered in April 1987. Manual air conditioning, the paint in cochineal red (subject to a surcharge) and heavy leather in color red. A bold taste that comes across really strong today. The package was garnished with an automatic transmission with an incredible 3 speed levels and a sliding roof. The 900, whose history is complete, was bought from Saab Zillmer in Berlin. Zillmer no longer exists, in the same place Saab specialist Pinkowski is currently taking care of vehicles from Trollhättan.
The owner treated his car well. As was customary at a time when you acquired property that you cared for and valued. Checkbook maintained at various Berlin Saab bases and maybe a little more. It is known that the 900 driver opens the doors after car maintenance or driving in the rain so that water can drain away. The whole thing can be increased by inserting small pieces of fabric into the drainage chinks so that they are really dry. Like in this case.
A few kilometers and a great patina
However, the Saab was allowed to age with dignity. Technically 100% maintained, the vehicle headlining became detached over time, and the paneling on the doors also showed a tendency to become detached. At the rear end there is a dent that has been touched up in a slightly different color. All of this gives a wonderful patina, which is supported by the fact that the Saab 900 Turbo is an underground car. Reduced UV radiation in connection with a few kilometers - that gives a very special charm.
There are less than 80.000 on the clock in 33 years. The dashboard is without cracks, the thick leather smells like it did on the first day, and the seats, with the exception of the driver's seat, do not have the slightest trace of wear. Wonderful, because there is a lot to discover. The sun visor on the driver's side! The factory drive-in regulations are still stuck on! Or the smog sticker on the windshield, which the Berlin Senate once issued.
Turbo and 3-speed automatic
The Saab is incredibly great. Very original. A rare piece, and the red lacquer with red leather make it the exotic among all the black 900 turbos. Under the hood? There is the legendary 2 liter turbo with 8 valves and an intercooler. I like the 145 HP 8 valve engine more than its successor with 16 valves and 160 HP. He does his job confidently, the need for more performance never arises. With the 3-speed automatic it should still be good for 180 things. That too is sufficient.
Oh yes, the automatic. Nobody really seems to be able to make friends with her. Manually switched copies are traded much more expensive. Is that justified? I'm unconditional, I've never been in a classic 900 Turbo with an automatic transmission. So how does he drive?
Time to turn the ignition key and start the Saab.
From there it goes through the Frankfurt rush hour traffic ... To be continued.