Low-mileage Saab 900 Turbo convertible sells for $145,000

A 1987 Saab 900 Turbo convertible sold for US$145,000 (AUS$210,400) at an online auction in the US, more than five times its price when new and 10 times the auction price of a similar example purchased last week.

An immaculate low-mileage Saab 900 Turbo convertible sold for $145,000 (Australian $210,400), more than five times the car’s price when new in 1987.

Listed on the US Auction House website. Bring a Trailerthe Saab 900 Turbo convertible’s odometer has registered only 246 miles (396 km) since it was sold new in March 1987 by a dealer in the US state of Connecticut.

In 1987, the Saab 900 Turbo Convertible was priced at US$26,580 (AUS$38,550) plus tax in the US, which equates to over US$69,000 (AUS$100,000) when adjusted for inflation.

According to the listing, the Saab 900 Turbo remained with its first owner from 1987 to 2021, when it was purchased by a car dealer who later sold it at auction via Bring a Trailer.

This example of the Saab 900 Turbo is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 118kW and 255Nm when new.

Drive is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, rather than the optional three-speed automatic.

Painted cherry red with a tan leather interior, no work has been done to the cosmetic appearance of the Saab since it was new, and the listing claims that the paint, upholstery and power soft top are all original.

Heated front seats and a Clarion cassette stereo were fitted as standard for 1987, as were 15-inch alloy wheels, still wrapped in original Pirelli P6 tires, though the listing suggests its new owner should consider replacing the 35 year old rubber. .

The seller says that several mechanical parts of the Saab 900 Turbo were replaced in 2022 due to its old age.

Repairs done earlier this year included a reconditioned fuel tank, new fuel pump, engine thermostat, head gasket and fluid dump.

A similar 1988 Saab 900 Turbo convertible with 77,000 miles (134,000 km) on its odometer recently sold for $13,500 per Bring a Trailer – less than 10 times the cost of the 1987 low-mileage example.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or cursing in his ZH Fairlane.

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