Final Year Model: 1994 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible – SOLD!
March 17, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
When it comes to buying a four-seater convertible, your options are surprisingly limited among the imported models. However, of the brands that did offer such a configuration, the models up for grabs are some of the best driver’s cars out there, including the Saab 900 Turbo. This listing for a 1994 Saab 900 Turbo convertible appeared originally in February 2021 on Craigslist in Boston as a healthy running example for $4,000. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has the Saab priced fairly, as “Average” retail is $6,175, and this one should get knocked slightly for having an automatic transmission.
The 900 Turbo is a model near and dear to my heart, as I picked up a rare Monte Carlo Yellow SE Turbo a few months ago to replace my departed 1999 BMW M3 convertible. I take some issue with the NADA pricing for this model, and a bigger issue with regards to why Hagerty doesn’t even list the 900 in its pricing guide! Although I’ve barely dipped my tow into the Saab community at this point, I can say this: they place a very high value on final year models of the classic 900, and will pay very real money for the right car. The 900 Turbo is both a performance car and a competent commuter, so as far as judging the practicality of a hobby car goes, the 900 is one of the better choices you can make.
This car here is listed for the owner by a friend, who opines that there’s no negotiation on the price. The listing also mentions that for another $1,000, you can pick up a 1993 Saab 900 Turbo parts car to go with it. If you have space, grabbing the parts car makes a lot of sense given finding good spares for older Saabs is getting increasingly difficult as enthusiasts snatch up the remaining parts cars for their own stash of obsolete parts or for bigger projects like manual transmissions swap conversions. The automatic transmission is a major source of pain for most 900s of this vintage, but the seller claims it works fine at the moment – still, planning for eventual replacement or rebuild is a matter of when not if. A final year 900 Turbo convertible is a modern, rad-friendly classic that looks good standing still – what’s not to like?
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Listing this 1994 Saab 900 Turbo convertible for a family member. Please read all information before responding – if you don’t, you will likely not receive a response.
Automatic transmission, 128k miles. Have invested significant time and money to get this vehicle running properly. A lot of work done in the last two years: new windshield (Phillips Glass), new top, liner, and pistons, steering rack, gas tank and brake flush, complete tune up, front end work, exhaust system replaced, new tires.
Negatives: stereo works intermittently, non-functioning AC, clearcoat peeling, interior is in fair condition, all switches do work.
The automatic transmission runs strong; the car can exceed 100mph with smooth spooling turbo.
Also have available for sale a 1993 Saab Turbo Parts car, with a complete engine and many extra parts from previous cars. Asking $4,000 for just the 1994 Saab, or $5,000 for both vehicles.”
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