Thanks to Robin M for passing this one on. It’s one for the UK Saabers. I don’t want to drive up the price and I’m feeling very cautious about this car (see below), but as it’s a collectable I thought I’d better post something about it.
It seems the seller has read Paul’s site as well, as he uses the description of the car directly from there:
The SAAB 900 Jubilee was created to celebrate SAAB’s 50th Anniversary. Coloured Ordorado Grey, the car was decorated with grey & red stripes and sported a 50th Anniversary wreath motif. Riding upon Super-Inca alloy wheels and internally fitted with buffalo leather seats, the car featured many items from the turbo model, including chromed turbo-style front grille, rear reflecting decor panel, sunroof wind diffuser and large whaletale spoiler.
Inside, an individually numbered gear knob and 50th Anniversary logo in the middle of the steering wheel adorn the car as a celebration of 50 years of SAAB car production.
Here’s the car that’s up for sale (click here for the ad on Ebay). I’ll post one photo here but there’s a set of them at Flickr. It’s a manual version, non-turbo as all these apparently were.
I’ve chosen a rear-angle shot as you can see the 50th Jubilee wreath on the side there, as well as the decor panel on the back, one of the notable additions on this car. An interior shot also shows a set of extra gauges in the dash.
As at the time I’m writing this, the car has around 16 hours to go on Ebay.
I’d urge some caution on this one if you’re looking for a 900, however. Firstly, it’s a non-turbo, and if one was looking for a classic 900 to pickup I’d always recommend a turbo.
Secondly, in the questions area of the sale page, someone has asked the seller why he’s selling it so quickly, apparently having owned it for a short time. His response indicates that his previous three 900s were all automatics and he misses the automatic. Having owned an automatic 900 myself in the past, there’s nothing to miss about that transmission at all. It made the car quite onerous, I thought.
His response, combined with the quick turnaround that he’s doing with the car, would make me suspicious (as a buyer) about the condition of the manual gearbox in this car. He says that it’s fine, but if I were spending my own money I’d want some reassurance.
I guess what it comes down to is that Ebay can be a lousy way to buy a car sometimes. Not enough time to check the car out properly.
Anyway, it’s an interesting sale of a collectable Saab.