It is the optimal Saab 900 Turbo 16. A fantastic color combination and packed to the brim with typical Saab accessories. Exactly the Saab you want to see in your garage. In addition, this 900 Turbo has a crystal-clear history, very few kilometers and is in neat condition. The market provided the answer to the question of what this Saab could be worth. The result: it is expensive! Very expensive even.
Sensational price for a Saab 900 Turbo 16
VDO gauges, an original Pioneer radio and then this interior which is in perfect condition. That made some fans ponder. The auction house rated the Saab carefully with 16.650 to 23.300 €. This was too timid. It was way off the mark.
Because after a short time, the bidders pushed the price up to €40.000. He didn't stop there, the auction only ended at 536.000 Swedish crowns, which is the equivalent of €50.400,00. In addition, there is the premium for the auctioneer. But even this perfect 900 Turbo 16 is not perfect. Small jobs to be done, like the power steering pump oil reservoir that is leaking and there is the water pump that needs to be replaced.
Rising appreciation in Sweden
The result is surprising - and maybe it isn't. It is trending and is a continuation of what has been announced for some time. The appreciation for old, analog tin is not only increasing in Scandinavia. A very Swedish affair, however, is the increasing popularity of old Saab and (partially) Volvo.
A reminder of old times, perhaps? When Sweden was a big car nation and from Skåne northward the country was proud of its car brands. That's long gone. Saab no longer exists, Volvo is Chinese and only Koenigsegg lets the Sweden banner fly in the wind. This is bitter for a country that was once a leader in vehicle construction.
So it's no wonder that the turbos of the good old days are in demand. Exceptional cars can always be found in Swedish barns and summer houses. They were sometimes put away decades ago as their owners got older. The generation of heirs rediscovers them, repairs them or sells them. Sometimes with spectacular results.
In the coming week we will also be primarily concerned with Swedish sheet metal. We wake up the Saab 9000, the "Anna Project" from hibernation. Our Saab 9-5 upcycling is entering the decisive phase. We have 99% of all parts together, only one component is weak. However, this is of a cosmetic nature and cannot stop us.