OK, I know it’s like choosing between your kids. ALL Saab 900s are excellent and revered – even the ones with those silly sized wheels.
I think the question was posed in comments in the last week, though it went unanswered so I thought a feature post was in order. This is widely considered as The Saabiest Saab, after all, and there’s probably a few people out there considering adding a collectible Saab to their garage.
So which one is the model to go for?
An early 900 with a funky coloured interior? 8-valve or 16-valve? Whale tail? Turbo or non (gasp!)?? Flat nose or slant nose? 2-door, 3-door, 4-door or even 5-door? Hatch, sedan or notchback? Hardtop or ragtop?
There are so many combinations and such an advance in technology between 1979 and 1993 that the possibilities are almost endless.
Here’s a few images to get the blood flowing to the brain. Once you’ve decided which of your kids is your favourite, you can have your say in comments. My thoughts come after the pictures.
The original 8-valve Saab 900 Turbo
More pics and thoughts after the jump —->
My own former car, a Saab 900 16-valve Aero from 1985. If I got another one, I’d look for dark grey or black.
The rarer, but still beautiful Saab 900 2-door.
Note the opera window at the rear – the 5-door Saab 900.
SAB’s beautiful 1988 Aero – the Silver Sled.
I have to go with what I know and choose the 1985 Saab 900 16-valve. Being a pre-86 model (here in Australia, at least) it’s a pre-catalytic car and has a bit more boost. Also, whilst I love the whale tails and super Aero rims on later 900s, I love the flat nose on these earlier cars even more.
The bottom line, for me at least, is that with around 80% of the Saab 900 Turbo range, you really can’t go wrong in terms of getting a great looking, great driving, cult classic.