What’s a classic low-mileage Saab worth?

Thanks to Jacco for sending me this link.

Saab 900 for sale What you see here is a C900 2-door, MY1989, for sale in Germany. There’s two notable things about this car.

The first is that it’s done an extraordinarily low 16,800 kilometers.

The second thing is the price. At EUR 13.900 this would have to be one of the more expensive 900s going around.

So is it worth it?

That’s $23000 here in Australia and I don’t car how low mileage it is, there’s no way you could sell a garden variety 4-door 900 sedan here for that sort of money. Perhaps a sub 30K mileage 900 Turbo S from the early 1990s, but not this.

That’s just my opinion. What do you think? Is this classical enough to get the price he’s asking?

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16 Comments

  1. Here in the US, that’s about $15,000-$16,000 (converting from memory). That car would sit for sometime to get even half of that, most likely.

    A real Saab freak may see the value and by it for US$10,000.

    Of course, I haven’t a clue what the car’s condition is, so perhaps it IS better than new. Additionally, I haven’t a clue as to Germany’s used car market values. Perhaps they are strict enough on registration that any car that passes inspection is worth that much. I don’t know.

    I’m a C900 guy and I’d give him $5,000 for it, but no more. My two cents. Like always.

  2. Hmm… Germany is close to Sweden, so anyone who want an old nice 900 in desent condition can find them next door. True, it’s a low milage but is that a correct value? Also, milage isn’t everything. Cars get old anyway (like cables and such).

    If you do want something special, take a look at this:

    http://www.bytbil.com/carinfo.cgi?cid=147720

    It’s a Mellberg 900. SEK 475,000. That’s about USD 67,000… 🙂

  3. This is a tough one.
    For one, it isn’t a enthusiast’s trim line (SPG aka Aero, or monte carlo yellow convert. etc).
    For two, it is a Swedish automobile.
    I don’t know why, but values of Swedish “collector” cars are really hard to peg. This may be because of the limited amount of enthusiasts for all things retro Volvo and Saab COMPARED to Corvette, BMW, and Porsche enthusiats, or just that these cars are really over-looked and under valued.
    I will agree with the previous post that I would pay $5,000 not a penny more…and I am a Swedish car fanatic to say the least. Now given that, if this were an SPG I would tack on maybe another 3 to 4 grand.

  4. One thing that hasn’t been pointed-out yet (and probably because it isn’t relevant in Germany) is that that’s a TWO-door 900 sedan. I don’t think the two-door was ever sold in the U.S. It’s even more rare than the 5-door (which only sold here for a couple of years early in the 900 lifecycle).

    Like I said though, I’m sure they were much more common in Germany. If this were for sale in the States I’m sure that price would be more justified from a collector’s standpoint.

  5. Well, the only question is what it’s worth to go to Saab conventions and consistently win the Concours prize for c900’s. A very well preserved beige base c900 won the 900 class at the U.S. SOC last year.

    It would be a nice car to have. But not nearly $18,900 nice (which is the current USD conversion from Euro’s).

  6. They did sell the two-door in the US — IIRC, in 79-80, and then again in 86. It sold in very low numbers.

    I’ve seen at least two in the flesh here in Minnesota.

  7. If the SAABs Gone Wild team could buy that car for less than $500 it’d be perfect for the 24 Hours of LeMons! The 2-door is valued for its structural rigidity. I remember the Team SAABWorks rally team had brought a 2-door 900 over to the States from Sweden for rally racing.

    Greg Abbott: thanks for the update. I didn’t know that the two-door sold here.

  8. i’d rather put those big bucks towards a new model, one that’ll get me “fancy” features like air bags, keyless entry, and abs. i’m kinda pfunny that way, i guess. but from the seller’s perspective, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

  9. 85 Grip: I actually drove a two-door 900S (Malachite Green) when I bought my first Saab off the lot in 1986. I opted for the 3-door 900S in Admiral Blue. The two-doors were 900S only.

    I didn’t know about the 1979-80 two-door 900; I thought that 1986 was it. Time for a little research…

  10. I think the seller is asking too high a price. Limited model or not, it’s a Saab and there is nothing so special about the car. There are some folks who perpetrate this type of stunt here in the US on eBay and other sites, but most steer clear.

    I agree with Eggsngrits — except the value is actually closer to US$19,000. That amount gets you a same MY Mercedes SL here — a model that actually has pedigree and superior engineering/ride/handling/style.

    This guy in Germany is either a crook, a nut, or both!

  11. To answer the question posed by the title of this post, not that much! I would be shocked if it was bought for anything near that exorbitant asking price.

    Sometimes sellers need to seperate their personal attachment to the car and price it for what it’s truly worth.

    Brandon Watts
    Criteo Evangelist

  12. To correct and clarify: There wasn’t a US 2-door 900 in 1979-80, just the 3 and 5-door. I worked at a Saab garage in the 80s, and never even heard of it.

    However, there was a 2-door 99 in the US up to 1980, but that body style was always offered with the 99.

    As the low-miles 86 Notchback in the ad, maybe at $5,000, but that style and spec are the least appealing to me.

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