Saab History

Monte Carlo Yellow Saab 900 Convertible Celebrates Soft-Top Heritage

1997 Saab 900 SE Convertible Monte Carlo Yellow1997 Saab 900 SE Convertible Monte Carlo Yellow

Few paint finishes are as eye-catching as Saab’s sunny Monte Carlo Yellow, the color that was available exclusively on the 1997 Saab 900 Convertible.

The color made its debut in 1991 on a limited-production 5th anniversary edition of the Saab 900 Convertible.

With black lower body cladding, a black top and trim, these rare ’91 drop top cars were affectionately nicknamed “Bumble Bees” by their enthusiastic owners.

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The color’s official name was coined by former chief designer, Bjorn Envall, for a bright flower common in Monte Carlo, where Saab rewrote racing history in the 1950′ and 60′ by consistently placing well in rally competition, including scoring two consecutive victories in ’62 and ’63.

Saab 900 'Monte Carlo' Convertible
Saab 900 ‘Monte Carlo’ Convertible

In the spring of 1997, Saab presented it again attention-grabbing Monte Carlo yellow returned on the model 1997 Saab 900 Convertible, accented with Charcoal leather upholstery and a power-operated black soft-top. The Saab 900 Convertible was offered with a 150-hp four-cylinder on the 900 S model, or a 185-hp four-cylinder Turbo or 170-hp V6 on the SE model.

Saab 900 SE Monte Carlo Yellow

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For a added touch of elegance, the Saab 900 SE Convertible’s dashboard was trimmed with genuine California walnut. Other SE standard features include Automatic Climate Control, 160-watt stereo system with trunk-mounted six-CD changer, power seats and 16-inch tires mounted on tree-spoke alloy “Viking Aero” wheels.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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