The Swiss manufacturer DNA Collectibles is working on the Saab model range. The latest entry is the Saab 900 Turbo sedan from 1983. It can be found in collectors' showcases from the fourth quarter of 4 and comes in four different colors. The choice becomes difficult because all shades are attractive. It is not the first time that we have asked ourselves whether smaller quantities would not be a better idea. The flood of variants can overwhelm the collector community. Because even in showcases there is only limited space.
Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983)
DNA Collectibles is known for the attention to detail of the models. The new Saab 900 Turbo sedan seems to be no exception. First photos of the prototypes show nice details such as textile belts, a detailed front grille and fine lettering. The then expensive and surcharge seats in the "contour leather" design are just as fine.
The models are available in 4 different shades. 499 pieces will be painted in walnut brown, 299 in pine green, 249 each in silver and azure blue. Unfortunately, azure blue was not offered by the Swedes for model year 83, but only a year later, which is easy to assess. The definition of model years wasn't as clear cut back then as it is today. Azure blue is therefore acceptable.
4 colors - 2 different interiors
Apparently, the Swiss, who have production in China, give the miniatures two different interior colors. Walnut brown and silver are presented with a black interior, the other two modelcars got a beige interior. Here, at the latest, one may have doubts when looking at the pictures of the first hand models. The interiors appear to have a yellow cast and not be beige.
A circumstance that could also be due to the photos, the exposure or the pre-series.
Normally, the models of DNA continue to mature in the phase up to production. You may be surprised what the final version will look like in the 4th quarter.
The prices are rising
With all the joy about the current Saab replenishment on a scale of 1:18, you also have to take a look at the prices. The last price increase was only a few months ago, now the next one is coming. The manufacturer charges almost €180,00 for the Saab 900 Turbo sedan. That's a good 10% more than what would have to be paid for a Saab 900 Turbo 16, which is to be delivered in the third quarter of 3.
Unfortunately, at this point at the latest, it becomes out of round, also because with a circulation of more than 1.200 pieces, the exclusivity and also the collector's value are questioned. In fact, other manufacturers are no better off. Rising energy prices and costs for the material as well as ever higher wages in China are forcing this. It is not for nothing that some producers are working on an alternative. A partial relocation of production for high-priced model cars back to Europe.
Sometimes less could be more. A smaller edition would make it easier for collectors to accept the prices they want. The Saab 900 Turbo (1983) can now be ordered from the manufacturer.
With pictures of DNA Collectibles