Something doesn’t make sense here
Today I was doing my weekly browsing of Bring A Trailers offerings. And came across this beautiful 1991 Saab 900 Turbo SPG. I clicked on it to see what the current bid is and to my amazement, it was at $14,000. Paying $14,000 for a Saab seemed a bit crazy to me. So I had to find out more about this Saab and why it was selling for so much.
Apparently, the Saab 900 Turbo SPG is something of a rare breed. Saabs built from 1985-1991 bearing the “SPG” logo mean they had been tuned by Saab’s “Special Performance Group.” And in total from 1985-1991 only around 7,000 Saab 900 SPGs were built. More importantly in 1991 Saab only built 109 in that lovely Beryl Green. And a total of only 200+ Saab 900 SPGs built that year.
Not only was this 1991 in Beryl Green a rare color option the Saab 900 SPG Turbos had some interesting features. In 1990 Saab upgraded the turbo which gave the engine 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Saab 900 Turbo SPG also had upgraded aerodynamics, a five-speed transmission, enhanced suspension and sportier wheels and tires compared to the base Saab 900. It could hit 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 16 seconds. Those are times that a Toyota Camry can crush today, but in 1991 that was hauling ass.
But is it worth $14,000?
A car is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. And in this instance, someone is willing to pay $14,000 for a tuned Saab with a rare paint color. I do enjoy Saabs and I understand now that Saab is no longer a company that it makes this something of a rare car. But this just seems silly. I think what this really points to is that that 80s and 90s used car market is starting to heat up. And you should start storing away all the classics from those years.