Unpacked - Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983) by Cult Scale Models

At the beginning of my Saab liaison, I couldn't stand the 900 Turbo Sedan. I didn't like the limousine from Trollhättan, I would never have wanted to buy one in my life. More than 30 years later, things are different. The 900 Sedan has become rare and I've discovered my love for it. I would like one. But, difficult as I am, only in a special color and interior.

But today we unpack the Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983) from Cult Scale Models. Will the 1:18 miniature also become love, or will it disappoint?

Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983) by Cult Scale Models
Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983) by Cult Scale Models

An innovative model year

1983 was a landmark model year for Saab. The brand introduced the APC system (Automatic Performance System – see Video) a. Since then, Saab customers have been able to refuel without hesitation anywhere in the world, the revolutionary system independently recognized the quality of the fuel used and adjusted the performance. An important issue at the time, as the fuel qualities varied considerably nationally, even within Europe.

The turbo in the 900 now delivered up to 160 hp instead of the previous 145 hp, but consumed 10% less fuel. So the 1983 Turbo Sedan is an innovative car, with Per Gillbrand's APC development Saab is once again a step ahead of the competition.

Great - the detailed grille
Great - the detailed grille

Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983)

A black Saab 900 Turbo rolls out of the package, Cult Scale Models offers the miniature in 3 different finishes. The paint is deep glossy, the Saab is black/black and equipped with a sunroof, it cuts a fine figure.

As to be expected in this price range, the 900 Turbo also features a lot of photo-etched parts instead of cheap stickers. The radiator grille is classy, ​​and high-quality lettering can also be found on the rear and on the sides of the bonnet. Extremely filigree (who sticks something like that?) are the wipers on the headlights. They are also a Saab innovation.

Steering wheel with lettering and fine cockpit
Steering wheel with lettering and fine cockpit

A look inside shows the steering wheel with black lettering. A detail that NEVS picked up again in 2014 for its Saab 9-3 models. The whole interior is designed in detail again, the ignition is switched on, the turbo ready to start. That's pretty cool because it gives the impression that the indicator lights on the cockpit actually light up, which of course they don't.

The radio slot of the Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983) remains empty despite being fully equipped. That's not a bad solution, because it's better not to have a radio than a remake of something that doesn't fit the model car after all.

Look at the details - sun visor, sunroof, decorative elements, everything is there.
Look at the details - sun visor, sunroof, decorative elements, everything is there.

The miniature of Cult scale models shows no weaknesses, which makes it a bit boring for the editors. But it's not like we couldn't find anything to improve. A weakness of many providers in this price league is that the tires are not labeled. A detail that could somehow be solved.

And, apparently a small negligence of all models from the Dutch supplier, the exhaust system is always only in the rear third. The rest was given quite casually. You can't see that in the display case or on the desk, but it would still be nice if there were more to be found.

Limousine tail with fine details
Limousine tail with fine details

We pulled the pack with the Saab from a delivery for the shop. The model car was not a press copy, as we sometimes get from the manufacturer. The summary is therefore particularly valuable, the 900 Turbo Sedan surprised us positively.

A look at the current offers from specialist dealers shows that this model car also has its price. Between €179,90 and €169,90 you have to walk over the counter if you want to treat yourself to the Saab sedan.

That's not a little, but members of ours Saab Aero X Clubs can save a lot of money here. The Christmas sale starts this week, the offers are only valid for our club members.

3 thoughts on "Unpacked - Saab 900 Turbo Sedan (1983) by Cult Scale Models"

  • The sedan only became beautiful with age. I still remember the years when nobody wanted one. The things were ridden down and scrapped. Even for the smallest money they were not for sale.

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  • A very nice model indeed. The "real" thing is similar to Tom's.
    Previously not worthy of a look, I would like to have one today. I'm not that specific in color. It just has to be slanted, please. Tom likes to call it "false colors".
    Maybe Spain will surprise us again...

    The Lizi

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    • Well, Saab and sedan ...

      That's special, even if they ended up being beautiful limousines. It's just stupid that the majority of buyers wanted station wagons that didn't exist or no longer existed in the end - 9-5 NG or 9-3 ...

      When everyone wanted big and angular sedans, the 96 was still (until 1980!) built, a car that was closely based on the "Streamliner" of the late 1930s in concept and design - such as the German "Autobahnadler" from 1937 .

      There are only 160 years between this beautiful 96 hp turbo with APC and the last 3 (still with a third-party engine). Fascinating. There is probably no other brand in the world that has prepared its buyers, dealers and motoring journalists for around 2 years such a roller coaster ride of innovations, big shots and time and again standstills and omissions. Saab was the automotive Kneipp cure par excellence!

      Different rules apply to classic cars and automotive history than to new cars. Saab sedans are catching up with hatchbacks and station wagons. I still find it tragic that the market launch of the 9-5 NG SC was missed and much too late. The tapes would have overheated and at least more sales would have been made. As beautiful as the sedan is, 80% of potential Saab customers wanted the SC. It's just the factor four of market potential.

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