1991 Saab 900 SPG

Every time we feature a Saab or Volvo on GCFSB, the chorus of “that’s not a German car” makes itself heard. We know. We’re aware. I’m always on the hunt to find the unexpected and interesting feature and this 1991 Saab 900 SPG fits the bill. These Swedish machines have a lot traits in common with their German counterparts, such as luxury, durability and safety. This would be the final year for the SPG in the US market, finishing with just over 7,600 examples sold since its introduction in 1985. These cars were sold at a time when the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 were in showrooms, along with a variety of other machines which were using turbocharging similar to this Saab (see the Buick GNX, Merkur XR4Ti and Ford Mustang SVO). The Saab was a car for those who did things a bit differently. A thinker’s sports car, if you will. If you’ve been wanting to relive a bit of nostalgia from this defunct brand, here’s your chance.

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1988 Saab 900 SPG

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Every now and then, I’ll see a Saab pass me by in my daily travels and it brings a smile to my face. Sure, towards the end of their run here in the US, it was a sad story, but we may never see such a unique car manufacturer ever again. Saab reached its zenith back in the 1980s, continuing on with a tradition of turbocharging they began a decade earlier well before other car manufacturers caught on to this technology. Perhaps one of the most beloved turbocharged Saabs was the 900 SPG. This model included a stiffer suspension and three spoke alloy wheels, as well as leather interior, air condition and premium sound system as standard. The SPG was further differentiated from lesser 900s with its unique lower body kit. There is a rabid group of followers for this car, so finding a good one for sale can be a challenge. This example for sale in Washington state is a one-owner example, which is sure to set off a firestorm of interest.

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1991 Saab 900 SPG

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.

-Paul