This started on UKSaabs, but having looked for Saab Classic 900 content on here and found not a lot, I hope that their may be some interest on here.
I bought her on a whim, right as lockdown was coming into effect.
She’s currently separated from her engine and awaiting welding and paint.
But here’s how it all started in a wet and windy field in Wiltshire ...
March 20th 2020:
As of an hour ago I am the proud owner of my second Saab and my first non-gm Saab - a 1992 C900 T16S that once was white and is now black and is also a non-runner and a category S insurance write off with no history, one key and all for £2,400 ...
What. Am. I. Thinking!
I’ll try and upload the few (terrible) pictures I have in a minute, but the plan is to sell my current daily (an e38 740i Sport) and get the Saab fixed up and use that as my daily and rolling restoration.
I plan to do as much as I can myself.
Reg is C14ero - the previous owner tried to sell the car in September last year for around 8 grand, failed, then promptly stacked it into a wall in November.
I think she’s a full fat Turbo from birth: here’s the ad copy I found on car and classic, you’ll see she’s a mixed bag, with some interesting bits:
For sale is my Saab 900 Turbo. THE CAR WILL COME WITH A SPARE GEARBOX AND TWO CYLINDER HEADS AS WELL AS SPARE ANCILLARIES, BELTS AND LOADS OF LITTLE ENGINE BITS IN LABELLED BOXES. This was all to go with an old 900 that I was planning to Turbo before I bought this one and I kept the parts as spares. Enthusiast owned, only selling as I've just bought a house and want something more economical. Would love to see this prime example of a 900 turbo go to an enthusiast or collector as a weekend car or toy. Mileage: 180,000 - going up as it's a daily. History: Only since I bought the car just over a year ago. Although I've been doing some detective work and I know it's actually a white 1993 Aero that has been rebuilt and repainted. It's had new shocks and springs seemingly fairly recently as well as a 9000 big brake swap. Personally I have: Replaced the brake discs and pads all round Put in braided front brake lines Fitted a cone intake Replaced the boost recirc valve Replaced the front left wheel bearing Fitted a new clutch and slave cylinder about 3000 miles ago. Fitted a 2.5 Jetex exhaust and stainless shotguns plus sports cat (K reg and got through the MOT no problem on emissions) New Spark plugs Fitted brand new driveshafts and ABS rings Reupholstered the interior door cards and made some snazzy cushions to be show ready. Replaced the passenger side window motor (I have the drivers side too but haven't needed it yet as I actually bought the window motors for another 900 I had) Good bits: It's a cool car, turns a lot of heads and always starts well and runs great. Boosts well and has been dead reliable. Has some uprated components from later Saabs including a full leather interior and the common swap to 9000 front calipers making the brakes much more consistent in performance situations. Red box APC making 185hp. Driveshaft tunnels and common rust spots are all 90% clear. Not spotless as it's a 26 year old car, but still very good. Bad bits: Paint isn't the best. Looks good from about 6ft away but polishes up well. Passenger side door doesn't open from the inside. I think the handle just got knocked loose when I fixed the window motor. Can fix this before sale. The car has MOT until June but I can top this up if the buyer wants. Grab an opportunity to own a cool useable (it's been my daily for over a year) piece of car history! Sure to get compliments and turn heads. A really rare spec with surprising power and lovely handling.
Hope there’s some interest in a bent Swedish boat, but I’ll take her up to date over the next few days, it’s been a steep learning curve over the last few lockdown months!