It was in the late 90s. I was visiting Finland and one of my business friends had bought a new Saab 900 Sedan. A turbo equipped with an impressive flood of antennas for telephones and mobile communications. We were traveling in a convoy through the Finnish taiga. So somewhere in nowhere.
He with the Saab in front, I with my Wolfsburg brand, which I was obliged to buy, afterwards. The VW struggled to keep up, which was only partly due to the Saab's engine power. But much more on the miserable chassis of the Golf, which had no chance on gravel roads, not the slightest bit of it, against the 900.
My skepticism about products from the Mittelland Canal, which continues to this day, has its roots in Finland, but not my enthusiasm for Saab. Because I thought the 900 Sedan was an impressively fast, but also a very ugly car.
That ugliness has turned into its opposite over the years. What I didn't see as attractive in my early youth is at least interesting now. Or, more precisely to the point, striking.
Saab 900c sedan
In Finland, which can only be a coincidence, a Saab 900 Sedan is waiting for a new owner. Not really a thing - if it weren't for a sedan or a special vehicle. The classic 900 sedan has become rare, and the vehicle is a new car. Yes, again, and surprisingly what is parked in some garages remains. Excitingly, it is just 20 kilometers away from Tampere, which was the starting point of my activities over 30 years ago.
But it has nothing to do with the 900 at that time. First of all, it is in the condition of a new car and even has the factory's plastic film on the door panels. And second, he's a 900c. The absolute basic model with 110 hp, approved for road traffic for the first time in 1989.
He has not seen much of the paths and roads in Finland in 31 years. The meter in the cockpit reports just 9.600 kilometers. It almost goes without saying that there was only one owner over the years. The condition seems fantastic, the Inca rims exude a slight touch of luxury and the spoiler at the rear is a little turbo-charged.
Of course, the Saab 900c Sedan has two antennas, one for mobile communications and one for the radio. The minimal equipment of the 90s. The 900 was of course built in the country, by Saab Valmet, which speaks for quality and a long life expectancy.
Little equipment, great condition, a rare sedan? What can and may a car that no longer exists in this condition cost? A good question! Of course, as a seller, you tend to speculate. €29.000 is a lot of money for a Saab 900c sedan. This causes pain even if one sees the sedan as interesting or distinctive.
With images from mobile.de