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1991 Saab 900 SPG

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Every now and then, we like to feature the odd Swedish ride here at GCFSB. More often than not, Swedish build quality is on par with the offerings from Germany, even if, sometimes, performance might take a backseat. That’s not so much the case with this Saab 900. The SPG was the high performance variant of the 900, with a 160 horsepower, turbocharged 16 valve engine. While the 22 SPG prototypes were pearlescent white, the first production examples offered in 1985 were offered in dark gray and silver, with dark gray being the only color available until the car was discontinued in 1991. A little over 7,000 SPGs were built and they are highly prized amongst the Saab faithful. Being a performance model, many of these SPGs were run hard and put up wet. This SPG for sale in New York, however, is looking rather fresh for its age and still has travelled under 100,000 miles.

1991 Saab 900 SPG on eBay

1991 SAAB 900 SPG, 99,767 Original Miles, runs and drives 100%

Engine: 4 Cyl, 2.0L
Transmission: Manual
VIN: YS3AL35L3M5000883
Exterior: Grey
Interior: Grey
Body Style: 2 Door Hatchback

This one owner, Tennessee beauty comes to us loaded with all available options that Saab had in 1991. It has manual gearbox, power brakes, leather/ heated seats, fog lights, power windows, power door locks, Tape/AM/FM, power sunroof and air conditioning. This is an original, unmodified Saab 900 SPG. It has original SPG body kit. Engine is in Good Shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. Manual gearbox box feels perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Clutch feels like brand new. Suspension is in excellent shape, car tracks nice and straight.
There is No evidence of any electrical problems. The exterior is in excellent shape for a 1991. (Check out the pictures!). This car has absolutely no rust. Leather seats, carpet floor and glass are all in great shape. Interior of this car is nice and clean. This car has four tires that have over 90% thread left. It will be sold with a clear title and it will be sold as-is, where-is.

The Buy it Now price of $10,800 is all the money for one of these SPGs. I’ve always liked the SPG, as it offers good performance and utility in a package that stands out from the normal crowd of vintage GTIs, BMW 3 series coupes and other German iron of the day. With the demise of Saab, these early 900s are only going to grow in popularity, due to the fact that this was one of the last Saabs not to have GM’s fingerprints on it. Considering the mileage and condition, this SPG has a lot of motoring thrills left to deliver and will hopefully be preserved as a reminder of a car company that took the road less travelled.



  1. Larry
    Larry August 7, 2012

    At nearly $11K, this 100K-mile example will need to be VERY “highly prized amongst the Saab faithful.” I’m not a Saab expert, and I agree this is a very good looking 900, but can’t you get a lot more Saab performance for a lot less money?

  2. mike
    mike August 7, 2012

    I’m smitten by the shape of these 900s, and the color-matched three spoke alloys hearken back to this particular era of automotive design. For the right person with a good bit of disposable income, this Saab will make for a great garage addition. Wish that I could make it mine.

  3. Wizzie
    Wizzie August 7, 2012

    This is the Saab I have always wanted.

  4. Sam
    Sam August 7, 2012

    A Saab on GCFSB?! You should have seen my face when I saw this.
    The price is outrageous. For all the performance mods, it’s still a FWD four banger.
    However I do appreciate this seller’s superb taste in used European cars from the 80s and 90s. The cars seem hand picked, are always buffed clean (small difference but it goes a long way, especially in internet era) and they supply a ton of hi-res photos. They’ve had quite the inventory over time for those who have been watching.

  5. KevinR
    KevinR August 7, 2012

    I currently own 2 Volvos in addition to the German cars. In my garage, Swedish build quality works for some of my automotive needs.

    An ongoing SAAB issue is finding the right person to work on these cars. Recently a friend of mine (who is the sales manager at a Ford dealer) called me to get a recommendation for a mechanic to work on a SAAB they had taken in on trade. I didn’t have a specific person to recommend; I could only make some educated guesses. This is probably one of the reasons why I’ve never owned a SAAB.

    I like SAABs; I especially like the SPG. This one looks to be in very good condition, but the price just seems too much to me.

  6. brian
    brian August 7, 2012

    The SPG is second only to the Viggen when it comes to SAAB performance, and it’s a close second. I loved my 89 SPG…when it ran right.

  7. David
    David August 7, 2012

    I had a 1997 900S as did my sister. No problems with either car (until some teenager thought it was a good idea to cross the center line and hit me head on). One my cousins got a 9-3 (I think it was a 2001 or 2002) and had nothing but problems with it. The 9-3 was the beginning of the end for Saab.

  8. ggkthx
    ggkthx August 7, 2012

    $10k for a 100k mile saab 900, a 4 cylinder front wheel drive car, from 1991? It would be nice if this car was lightweight or something like a similar era GTI or Honda but of course it is not.

    For 10k from 1991 I can easily fine a perfect quality RX7 which would be 10 times as fun if we are going to delve into non-german cars. Or that Crysler Conquest for $2k less at bring a trailer, never seen those on the street anymore at all as well. Car was absolutely perfect for $8k. Oh and rear wheel drive on both of those.

    Good quality of a car that only appeals to Saab fans. I think it looks cool/unique but thats all this has going for it as a model really.

  9. saaber
    saaber August 8, 2012

    As a long-time Saab/German car guy I am pretty sure this is not an SPG, but rather a ’91 vintage 900T with spg body kit and wheels from the same vintage 9000 turbo (“aero” wheel) Still a nice example, but the ’91 SPG (last year, very low production, as in roughly 250 in the US, I believe) only came in Talladega Red, Black and Beryl Green (minty metallic green) with a buffalo grey interior (darker grey, almost black) Edwardian grey was an exterior color option (also darker than this car’s color) from 1986 to 1989.Nitpicking aside, cool car, fun to drive and distinctive looking – I applaud GCSB for the detour!

  10. Paul
    Paul August 8, 2012

    Thanks for the info, saaber. I’ll admit I’m not the foremost expert on Saabs, but I do appreciate them for their uniqueness. I stand corrected on the breadth of colors offered. Some more good info can be found here, as well, for anyone interested:

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