1989 Saab 900 Turbo for sale: The great Swedish powerhouse

You can use it all year round and the powerplant offers 175bhp wrapped in a retro package. What's not to like about this 1989 Saab 900 Turbo S?

The Saab 900 range succeeded in all sectors. Effectively an upgraded 99, incorporating a new dashboard and elevated price tag, the handsome 900 took little time in winning over critical voices from the automotive press. Hitting the market in 1979, the new Saab hailed a changing vehicular landscape, especially with the turbo variant.

The 900 Turbo was an altogether different beast over it’s predecessor. Besides boasting more clout and finesse, the fresh-faced model was promoted into the war-torn ranks of executive and performance cars. However, the 900 Turbo still had that highly-strung ace card up its sleeve.

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Bolting on a turbocharger to road-going coupés was still in its infancy during the early 1980s. Even then, most vehicles trumpeting such drivetrain offered enough lag to cause serious harm in the corners. Yet, the Saab 900 Turbo offered a solution.

A new engine management system was installed for 1981 before the arrival of, arguably, the greatest Saab of all time – the 175bhp, 16-valve monster of 1984. In three-door form, these vehicles now enjoy fierce cult following.

However, while these beasts often raise their heads in search of new custodians, they hide numerous attributes destined to leave any classic car owner begging for the reaper. Structural areas attract tin worm and corrosion in a manner even old Jaguars would be proud of. Then there’s the gearbox set-up, which offers the longevity of milk.

Finding a good one can take time, but we’ve found a great example residing in our classifieds. It’s even a posh ‘S’ model

Featuring an electric sunroof, leather seats, alloy wheels, cruise control, headlight washers and electric mirrors, this is luxury motoring with USS Enterprise levels of power. The engine has only covered 108,000 miles throughout its lifetime.

Not enough for you? The car has been well maintained, with a comprehensive history folder including original Saab documents, manuals and a fully stamped service book (service book is full with 20 service stamps from 05/04/89 to 19/09/05 at 86467 miles).

Fancy grabbing a slice of Swedish automotive history? Get a closer look with the AutoClassics listing.

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