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Get Ready to Turn Heads: Buy a Swedish Classic Saab 900 Turbo with Upgrades!

The shiny black exterior of the Saab 900 Turbo SPG with gray side moldings exudes an aggressive and visually appealing aura.

Are you in the market for a classic car that combines style, performance, and a unique heritage? Look no further than this 1988 Saab 900 Turbo SPG, a rare gem that is sure to turn heads on the road.

Let’s start with the exterior. The black paint is in excellent condition, and the SPG package adds a touch of aggression with its gray side moldings and iconic “Whale tail” rear spoiler. Plus, the correct Aero Tri-spoke 16″ wheels complete the look.

But it’s not just about appearances – this car has been upgraded with a set of extra gauges in the console, including Oil Temp, Oil Pressure, and Battery voltage, all VDO proper gauges. These gauges are a coveted option among Saab 900 owners, and can fetch up to $400 on eBay.

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 1988 Saab 900 Turbo/SPG-Manual - $15,000 (Kenmore)
1988 Saab 900 Turbo/SPG-Manual – $15,000 (Kenmore)

Inside, the leather upholstery is in Eduardian gray and in excellent condition. But the real highlight is the earliest steering wheel of the original 99 Saab Turbo or a very early 1979-1981 900s. Steering wheels may seem like a small detail, but Saab made plenty of them with amazing designs, and this one adds to the overall charm of the car.

The unique and whimsical addition of an original 99 Saab Turbo steering wheel adds a touch of personality and charm to the Saab 900 Turbo SPG's interior.
The unique and whimsical addition of an original 99 Saab Turbo steering wheel adds a touch of personality and charm to the Saab 900 Turbo SPG’s interior.

Under the hood, the engine has been meticulously maintained and even features a head painted in a striking red color, a sign of the owner’s dedication to this car. The engine has been upgraded with Saab’s later Trionic boost control system, which allows for individual fuel injection for each cylinder, ensuring that the fuel arrives at precisely the right moment and quantity. The Trionic system constantly gathers measuring data and adjusts fuel injection, ignition, and boost pressure in real-time, making this car a true driver’s machine.

But it’s not just the engine that has been upgraded. The transmission has been rebuilt with new synkro and pinion bearings, and a new clutch has been installed. The short-shifter linkage has been modified, and the car features Bilstein shocks and boxed-in lower A-arms for stability. The brakes have been upgraded with larger calipers and rotors from a late-model Saab 9000S, ensuring that this car stops as well as it goes.

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Additional equipment includes a power-operated sunroof, working air conditioning, and an aftermarket stereo system with a CD player and 1000w amplifier. And while there is some minor rust and dents on the body, they are easily repairable with paintless paint repair.

All of these upgrades and lovingly-maintained features can be yours for a reasonable asking price of $15,000. With only 191,000 miles on the clock and an engine that has been rebuilt with only 1100 miles, this car is ready to hit the road and provide you with a unique driving experience that only a classic Saab can offer.

And if you’re a true Saab enthusiast, the owner is even willing to sell the original motor and transmission, as well as the original SPG ground effects kit, for an additional $600 each. This car truly represents a unique opportunity to own a piece of automotive history and a car that combines style, performance, and a dedicated community of Saab enthusiasts.

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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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