The glamor of the Turbo was further enhanced in 1986 with an elegant two-door convertible model, followed by a facelift in 1987. This ushered in new headlights, front running lights, a new grille and integrated bumpers. Later models, which also acquired cruise control, are considered more economical. A brand new 900, known as the “new generation” arrived in 1994, but it will be for another time.
In a two-generation lifespan of 20 years, 908,817 Saab 900s were built and around a quarter of them were Turbos. The number in the UK has dropped significantly over the years, but the neat 900 Turbos are still not too hard to find, especially if you have around £ 10,000 to spare. Alternatively, this slice of Swedish motoring history can be yours for £ 3,500 if you don’t mind high mileage and a bit of work.
An owner’s perspective
Ed Weaver: “I’ve been in love with Saab since the ’99. I’ve owned a 9-5 turbocharged station wagon and a 9-3 convertible, but I really wanted to own an older model and the 900 seemed like the most logical choice. I bought a rather shonky 1987 16 valve Turbo convertible for £ 7,000. It had about 125,000 miles on the clock and I restored it to a more usable condition. Driving the car is wonderful and it’s great all year round and in any weather, but it’s bittersweet in a way, considering that Saab is no longer with us. I’ll probably keep it for a few years and look to upgrade to a hardtop someday.
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