This next car comes as a tip from Cory who writes: bargain of the day- this is last year and aero spec Saab 9000. Yes, for $500 you get a manual gearbox equipped version of the last year of the Saab designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign with a boosted 2.3 liter B-series engine. Not sure if it is a true Aero spec (shouldn’t it have an Aero badge?) but the 200ish horsepower engine should make this thing scoot along faster than most $500 cars. Find this 1998 Saab 9000 CSE offered for $500 in Bradford, RI via craigslist.
When I first got a look at this next car, I thought that perhaps someone had restored the Draken…but no. This next Saab 99 is not a simple 99 EMS, but it is the real deal 99 Turbo. The Turbo was the car that put Saab on the map for performance oriented folks who cared more about snow/sand performance and 30-70mph acceleration than they did the 1/4 mile times printed in magazines. DT’s Editor-in-Heaven Hunsbloger could tell stories about racing 911s in the 99 Turbo back in the day, and the result wasn’t good for the rich did in the Porsche. But this Turbo does have the same Saab Inca alloys, spleen colored exterior, and blood red interior that charmed me for many miles in the Draken…but it also has a boosted B-series 2.0 liter pushing power to the front wheels. Find this 1978 Saab 99 Turbo offered for $20,000 in Choiniere, RI via saabnet.com. Seller Submission from Ben
The Saab 96 was the final evolution of the original aerospace derived and teardrop shaped Ur-SAAB. In typical Saab fashion, the 96 continued in production long after its planned replacement (the 99) was released, in fact the 96 continued in production through 1980. Today the 96 makes a great uncommon alternative to something like the VW Beetle and can be picked up for not a lot of cash. Find this 1968 Saab 96 V4 offered for $2000 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
Some say there is a fine line between being a collector and a hoarder. But that’s only partially true. There is a difference and it depends on what you are amassing. If your collection is newspaper clippings related to something interesting — you could be a collector. But if it just every copy of your local rag — you’re a hoarder. Collecting cereal boxes — hoarder. Got more jewelry than Flavor Flav — collector. A few cabinets full of watches — collector? Beanie babies overflowing your bedroom — hoarder. But then we get to the delicate question of automobiles. Jay Leno, is he a collector or a hoarder? One could say that his cars are well maintained and interesting enough to bump him into the category of collector, but what about the Jay Leno wannabee up in the high desert plain who has collection of derelict Saab Sonetts? Collector or hoarder? Find this collection of three 1974 Saab Sonetts offered for $6000, $4000, and $3500 in Lancaster, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There was a time when $1500 got you a fairly drivable car that you could drive around town and restore in your spare time…but the nasty thing called inflation has driven the price of all but the rustiest boat anchors up a few digits and now a $1500 Saab that needs a transmission might be a good deal. Find this 1986 Saab 900 Turbo offered for $1500 in Bay Shore, NY via craigslist.
Car enthusiasts love spending money on the hobby. I don’t say this as a bad thing, but it is something that I get reminded when I see things like this next car. The seller has put over $20k of cash in the car, including a stage 4 tune that puts something like 400 horsepower into the front wheels of a simple Saab 9-5 wagon. I’d concede that the seller is asking top dollar for this thing, because you could get a clean 9-5 wagon for a lot less, but then you’ve got to spend the time and money to catch this one. Find this 1999 Saab 9-5 Wagon offered for $12,500 in Westminster, CO via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
In 2005 General Motors released a Saab badged version of the mid-sized GMT360 SUV platform that shares parts with the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer & SSR, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Isuzu Ascender. The Saab 9-7x only survived through the 2009 model year, but it offers an interesting alternative to the various domestic mid-sized SUVs built around the same era. Find this 2006 Saab 9-7X offered for $3,500 in Richmond, VA via saabnet classifieds. Tip from BP.
This next car is a Saab Sonett III, so that means the 2-stroke oil burner was no longer an option (shame, that would be the one to get IMHO) and it is powered by a V4 borrowed from the European Ford Taunus. The V4 displaces 1.7 liters and puts out 65 horsepower to a 4-speed manual gearbox mated to the front wheels, not exactly a performance nirvana, but at a sub 2000 lb curb weight, it won’t be a penalty box either. Find this 1974 Saab Sonett III offered for $5000 in Ham Lake, MN via craigslist. Tip from Kester.
Normal people who own a convertible Saab and want to change the suspension would consider some lowering springs or maybe a set of Bilstein shocks. You can get more aggressive with things like anti-roll bars and wide tires (tyres if you live on the moon) but few owners would consider lifting a turbo Saab, but here we are. This next Saab Convertible has been given a 2.5 inch lift, big tires, and a groovy skid plate. Let’s go bombing off road with the top down! Find this 1994 Saab 900 Turbo offered for $5,500 in Andover, CT via craigslist. Tip from ME.
The Saab 96 was a classic aero-shaped front-driver from the guys at Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget and SAAB history buffs will tell you that it was technically the third major redesign of their first car, the Saab 92. In typical Saab fashion, the 96 continued in production long after its planned replacement (the 99) was released, in fact the 96 continued in production through 1980. Today’s example is an “original owner” classic that has a few dents/dings but looks okay for the asking price and is equipped with a little V4 engine. Find this 1971 Saab 96 V4 offered for $6000 in San Mateo, CA via craigslist.