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Exploring a Precious Find – Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition on Auction

Resurrecting Saab's Icon: The Timeless Elegance of the 1997 Saab 9000 CSE

Capturing Saab's Timeless Elegance: The Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition in All Its Glory

Saab, the iconic Swedish automaker renowned for its unique blend of innovation and classic design, has left an indelible mark on the automotive world. Among its many celebrated models, the Saab 9000 stands as a symbol of automotive excellence, capturing the hearts of enthusiasts and collectors alike. Now, the opportunity to own a meticulously preserved Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition has arisen.

The Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition is set to go under the hammer at an upcoming auction scheduled for October 26. With a starting bid of 22,000 SEK (equivalent to approximately 1,992.52 United States Dollars), this rare gem is expected to garner significant attention from Saab enthusiasts and collectors alike. Its estimated value, ranging between 35,000 to 45,000 SEK (3,000 – 4,000 $), underscores the unique appeal of this classic Saab. Don’t miss the chance to acquire a piece of Saab history at this auction event.

A Journey Through Time

The Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition, presented in an astoundingly well-maintained condition, is a testament to the enduring appeal of Saab vehicles. This particular model has a rich history, boasting an exceptionally low number of owners and an extensive documented service history.

Elegance in Every Detail: Impeccable Leather Interior of the Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition
Elegance in Every Detail: Impeccable Leather Interior of the Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition

The story of this Saab begins with its delivery from Jikab Bil AB in Borås to the dedicated Saab enthusiast, Stig Svedberg of Dalstorp. It was a year later when a new Saab model, the 9-5, was introduced, prompting Svedberg’s return to the dealership. He humorously exclaimed, “You sold me an old car; I wanted a new one!” Consequently, Svedberg acquired a brand-new 9-5, and the current owner’s grandfather purchased the Jubilee 9000 CSE, which had just over 10,000 km on the odometer at that time. Since 1998, the Saab 9000 has been driven regularly and maintained within the service schedule.

Classic Comfort Reimagined: Step Inside the Impeccable Interior of the Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition
Classic Comfort Reimagined: Step Inside the Impeccable Interior of the Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition

In 2012, the car was passed down to the son, and in 2017, the next generation took ownership. Over the years, the father and grandson have collectively driven approximately 40,000 km and consistently maintained the vehicle. Today, the Saab 9000 Jubilee Edition resides once more with the second generation of owners, preserving its legacy.


Technical Specifications

  • Year/Model Year: 1997
  • Power: 150 horsepower
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Color: Dark Blue

Assessment of Condition

Technical Condition

The Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 starts with ease and delivers that distinctive Saab engine note. The transmission shifts smoothly, reflecting the care this vehicle has received. The car underwent its last service in 2020 and has covered just under 1000 km since. It is worth noting that the air conditioning was non-functional at the time of documentation.

150 Horsepower Paired with Seamless Automation: Inside the Engine of the Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition

150 Horsepower Paired with Seamless Automation: Inside the Engine of the Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition

Interior Condition

The leather upholstery is in good condition, but like many other leather seats, it would benefit from a thorough cleaning, conditioning, and possible re-dyeing. There are no pixel issues on the displays, and the headliner has held up well.

Exterior Condition

The original paint exhibits signs of wear and tear, which could be enhanced with some touch-up work and detailing. Some stone chips can be observed on the hood and front bumper, along with paint flaking. The emblems have faded, and there is a slight rust indication. The car is currently equipped with winter tires, likely having been used as summer tires, which is not recommended. A wise suggestion is to replace them with proper summer tires and enjoy the car to its fullest during the summer.

Overall Condition

The Saab 9000 presents a unique opportunity for an enthusiast to transform it into an appealing youngtimer with relatively straightforward improvements, including repainting the bumpers and hood, replacing emblems, and upgrading to summer tires.

Vehicle Details from the Transport Authority

  • Vehicle Status: Deregistered as of December 24, 2022
  • Initial Inspection: December 9, 1996 (EEG)
  • First Registered in Traffic: December 12, 1996
  • Last Approved Inspection: October 14, 2022
  • Inspection Valid Until: December 31, 2023
  • Annual Tax: 2,199 SEK
  • Driving Ban: No
  • Number of Owners: 5

A Glimpse into Saab 9000’s Legacy

The Saab 9000 was manufactured in two generations between 1984 and 1998. It marked Saab’s return to a transverse engine layout, reminiscent of the Saab 92. The development of the Saab 9000 commenced in 1974 as a replacement for the Saab 99. When the partnership between Saab and Volvo fell through, Saab turned to Fiat-owned Lancia, resulting in the Saab 9000, Fiat Croma, Lancia Thema, and Alfa Romeo 164, all sharing the same chassis and numerous components.

Saab 9000 CD
Saab 9000 CDE

Upon its release, the Saab 9000 offered a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 175 horsepower. The following year, the same engine was introduced without the turbo, producing 130 horsepower in the 9000i. The Saab 9000 garnered positive reviews from the media and consistently ranked as the second-best-selling car in Sweden after Volvo. Its significance persisted until May 6, 1998, when the 9-5 took over.

A Farewell to the Saab 9000: Shifting Focus to the Saab 9-5

In this final chapter of the Saab 9000’s production journey, we witness the end of an era for a remarkable automobile. As the four-door CD/E and the sporty Aero variants took their final bow after MY 1997, only a limited 1,400 Saab 9000s graced the assembly lines for the ultimate 1998 model year. Among these, a mere 400 were destined for the shores of the United States, Saab’s primary foreign stronghold.

This marked a poignant turning point as Saab’s unwavering focus shifted towards the successor of the Saab 9000, the eagerly anticipated Saab 9-5. The Saab 9000’s legacy may have concluded, but its spirit and impact continue to reverberate among automotive enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

Saab 9000 CC
Saab 9000 CC

The Saab 9000 CSE 2.0 Turbo 1997 Jubilee Edition is a rare gem, embodying Saab’s legacy of innovation, design, and performance. With a storied history and the potential for restoration, this car represents a unique opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of automotive history and bring this classic Saab back to its former glory. Place your bids now at the auction, and be a part of the Saab legacy.

6 Comments

  • Yes I was one of the proud owners best car I had ever owned and driven and I say that as a former “AMOC member” ! Great cars very reliable uncomplicated and fun to drive regularly serviced by Saab did not let one down was really sad when the time came to say good buy was a tragedy Saab production ceased.

  • Mine was a 1996 CSE five-door, same Scarab green body colour, same interior, automatic transmission, but with the “triangle” style wheel rims. That car was The Love Of My Life.

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