The stuff that collectors' dreams are made of? Limited editions and special editions! Saab has a lot to offer. Much more than you might think at first glance. The brand's history is rich in variants, and some models have really made it to collector's status.
An important basis for arousing desire is authenticity. The model has to fit its time, and when you think of the early 90s, what do you think of? Sure, the key word is: spoilers. Spoilers everywhere, tuners conjured them up for a certain group of people, even on thick S-Class coupes. And even the Swedes from Stallbacka were avowed spoiler fans.
Sometimes more sometimes less. Even the Saab 9000 CC was not spared. With the 1990 model year, the 9000 began to be aggressively fitted with spoilers. That was possible, anything else would have been embarrassing, of course with an increase in performance. The 2 liter turbo made, depending on the country, around 200 hp. And the 2.3 liter, which could not be bought everywhere, had 225 hp.
The harbingers of what would later be called Saab Aero had different names. They were available in France as the “SP 16”, in Germany they were marketed as the “Turbo 16 S”, and the Australians got the “Carlsson”. For Italy they came up with the “T16 Sport”.
Saab 9000 T16 Sport
Of course they only got the 2 liter turbo on the other side of the alpine passes. For tax reasons, and they shared this fate with the Australians. 204 hp were sufficient, other brands no longer served in 1990 either. Only 500 pieces of the Saab 9000 T16 Sport Edition were made, all of which can be recognized by an individual badge on the dashboard.
Noticeably equipped with spoilers, the 9000 made a big hit and left no doubt as to who is in charge of the Autostrada. The extensive spoiler package fits perfectly into the era, today these vehicles are in demand and some of them are expensive to restore. In the interior, the 9000 T16 Sport anticipates the Anniversary models and reveals what the suede inserts in the seats were intended for.
They give the driver lateral support and are really ingenious, discreet, sport seats. Except that nobody can tell at first glance. Its unique design comes from Björn Envall, who was only allowed to design the body for the second 9000 generation. The seats are typical of classic Saab 900 and 9000. However, Envall took the inspiration for the design from elsewhere.
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Number 75 of 500
In Italy, near Modena, there is a beautiful 9000 T16 Sport for sale. Beyond the distiller, in the land of perfect espressos, number 75 of 500 is waiting for a new owner. Only a little more than 90.000 kilometers are on the clock. The condition seems good, downright delicious. It has small signs of use, that's for sure.
The price is friendly, € 7.900 is fair. Really not expensive if its condition is halfway like the pictures. A collector's item from a limited series that has depreciated in value. A candidate who can be predicted to increase in value in the future. In addition, there is the H license plate, which is possible and a fairly safe starting place for all coveted classic car trips.
All that remains is the annoying corona problem, which currently makes traveling south almost impossible. But, and that's the good news, car transport is possible. And phone and internet work too.
With pictures by Grandiparticolari Sas