AER-085 Sold – Remains In Saaby Tasmanian Hands


I got a bunch of messages from people last week, letting me know that my old 1985 Saab 900 16V Turbo had come on the market again.

Was I tempted? Well, it’d be nice but I have zero space and zero funds at the moment. And a few projects on the horizon. If it was Bill and my old white 99Turbo, then maybe (hint, hint 😉 ). But otherwise, no.


This was the car I bought to replace my Viggen back in 2007. It’s believed to be one of the press cars that Saab bought in to Australia to publicise the new 16V engine. The cars were meant to be returned to Sweden once their press duties were over but…… well…… let’s just say that inventory control in the mid-80’s wasn’t quite what it is today.

I sold the car after 18 months or so to a guy from Saudi Arabia who was studying at the University of Tasmania. Ahmed proceeded to blow the engine but had it replaced and then wound the boost back. It’s been going steadily ever since and friends of mine who live near the university have reported seeing it on the odd occasion. I saw it on the road, myself, a few months ago. It was looking good and still sounded amazing thanks to its 3-inch exhaust 🙂

I got a message from Ahmed a few months ago and he indicated he might be selling it soon. My guess is he’s finished his degree and heading back to Saudi with his wife and kid(s).

The new owner – a guy named Lee – also got to know the car around the University. I got an email from him a couple of days ago. He’s been seeing the car around the uni for the last 5 years or so and always admired it. He had a chance to purchase it earlier this year and passed it up. When it came on to the market again last week, he swooped. He got a good price, too.

There’s work to be done. It seems Ahmed’s kids might have made hard work of the interior. Lee’s looking for a replacement. Given its age there’ll be some mechanical bits to sort out, too.

But it’s an original flat-nose 16V Turbo 900 with body kit and they’re few and far between nowadays.

Lee’s got himself a cracker of a classic Saab. I’m rapt for him, and pleased he’s been in touch. It’s nice to know that your previous cars fall into good hands and there’s even a chance we’ll catch up and go for a run.

That’ll be fun.


The seller even used a few of my old photos to advertise the car. Nice to re-live some memories.






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    1. That is about $1342 US. That seems like a real steal of a deal. Is that selling price for a rare SAAB like this typical there?

      1. I don’t think so.

        There’s isn’t a huge demand for them, to be honest. It’s mostly just Saab fans. But even then it should go for more in good condition.

        I haven’t seen the interior, but I believe it’s fairly torn up. That Lee’s looking for a complete replacement is indicative of the condition. That’s probably been a big contributor to the price.

        1. That is interesting. I would love to own that car, even with the torn up interior.

          If that was one of the first “press cars”, it would almost be like owning one of the famous pearlescent white SPG’s. I think 29 were originally made and SAAB crushed 22 of those. I believe only 3 are left her in the States. I would love to know how many of those 1985’s went to Australia.

  1. I didn’t ask. I don’t know Lee well enough and while I was curious, it felt a bit like asking a lady about her weight 🙂

    I suspect there might have been a little bit of haggling, simply because it’s customary. I’m sure I’ll ask the question one day when we finally meet up.

  2. Absolutely beautiful car.! My favorite SAAB model and that “Colorado Red” interior, is to die for — gorgeous. I would love to change over one of my SPG’s to that color.

    I think it is great that you are still able to follow this car. It has to be a rare puppy indeed.

    1. I always thought ‘Colorado Red’ was a funny name. ‘Colorado’ means ‘red’ in Spanish. ‘Red Red’. Just a funny observation. (BTW, my 1988 900 ‘vert was in the color — a good one for sure.)

  3. Vive la C900!! The interior can be sourced fairly easily here in North America. I assume that much of the stock comes from Europe in the first place and so I would imagine it’s not too hard to find in Oz. Good luck!