Entry-level model, that sounds like sacrifice and privation. Sure, an entry-level model is cheap, stingy with amenities and is generally suspected of not being fun. This may be. Things turn around with the years. Then a frowned upon beginner can be interesting. Because it is rare. And because being Spartan also has advantages. Because what is not there cannot break either.
A Saab 900c from 1988
Saab and the entry-level models. An eternally open flank that people tried to fill in various ways. There was the Saab-Lancia 600, which surrendered in the cold Scandinavian winter. Or the Saab 90, which was the entry-level model for 99 years as the Saab 900 and 3. The Saab 900c presented another attempt.
Basically a normal Saab 900 that was available with 2, 3 or 5 doors. The motorization was the B201 engine with carburettor and 100 hp, there was no injection or turbo. The equipment was accordingly lean. Power steering was standard, nothing more was possible. Of course, the 900c could be upgraded with accessories, for example air conditioning was available as an option in those years, which the Saab dealer built in.
But who would want that?
Because the classic 900 is one of the rare species of vehicles that can be driven well without air conditioning. The Turbo always stood for the prestige, the 900 with the small “c” on the rear was only the budget model. The cheap model was not made in Trollhättan. The choice was between the plant in Arlöv and production in Finland. The factory in Arlöv, Sweden gained notoriety with the 900c.
Nowhere at Saab was the quality worse and less attention was paid to rust prevention. The consequences were fatal. Arlöv cars rusted through after a few years and quickly disappeared from the market. Survivors from this factory are a rarity today.
Good Saab quality from Finland
Things were completely different at the plant in Nystad. The Finnish Saab production had a good reputation for a reason. At Saab Valmet, the best new cars in the group rolled off the assembly line. Maybe the clock speed was lower, maybe the Finnish employees could have been more motivated. Rust only becomes an issue for cars from Nystad in old age, if at all.
A Saab 900c from 1988 and Finnish manufacture is in Sweden auctioned. A version with 2 doors, which makes the car particularly individual and maybe even iconic. It has signs of wear, a hanging sky and the usual blisters on the glove compartment lid. But for his 32 years he is in very nice condition. The paint should be original and since he was on the road in Norrland and was always cared for, rust is not an issue.
The estimate is low, the equivalent of less than € 2.500. Exciting, because the odometer only shows 132.920 kilometers. At least now, with the possible H approval in mind, a thought process could begin. Entry into the classic world with the entry-level model appears attractive.
Because of frowned upon entry-level model.