There was a time, not so very long ago, when a Saab 900 convertible was the trendy car to drive and to be seen driving. They were attractive and unusual, and they imparted something about an owner’s eclectic taste and relative good fortune.
The Pick of the Day is a 1996 Saab 900SE Turbo convertible, the top model for the erstwhile Swedish automaker, that looks to be in great original condition and driven just over 65,000 miles in a quarter century. Decent performance is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 and, favorably, a 5-speed manual transmission.
Saab fanatics will be quick to point out that this model-year 900 isn’t really a Saab but an amalgam created while under ownership by General Motors, when the 900 was redesigned and based on the chassis of the Opel Vectra, another GM product.
That happened in 1994, the result being called the “new generation” 900. The Saab fans called it the beginning of the end. Gone were some of the Saab 900 touchstones, such as the quirky styling with the deeply curved windshield and the longitudinal “backward” engine placement.
Yet, the transition from pure, unadulterated Saab to a GM-influenced product also meant that some of the gremlins that plagued owners of previous 900s were addressed, in particular electronic woes.
But be all that as it may, this red 900SE is a good-looking car, and they drive great with the solid feeling of a quality build. This was a premium ride with a unique interior that’s packed with features, including a power top and just about all the other accessories available at the time.
“The little cruiser comes loaded with features such as air conditioning, power seats, power windows, power steering, ABS, alloy wheels, heated seats, cruise control, keyless entry and a CD player built into the radio,” notes the Milwaukee dealer advertising the Saab on ClassicCars.com.
Sadly, Saab finally went belly up after years of financial hardship and negligent captivity by GM, and its name is now part of a nascent effort to produce electric cars in Sweden via Chinese ownership. So it goes.
The asking price for this Saab survivor is just $10,000.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.