Poll: If you could buy a brand new classic Saab…..

You don’t get to be as well-loved as what Saab is without having touched a few hearts over the years. Whilst we’re all about new Saabs here at Inside Saab, we know that inside the heart of any Saab enthusiast there’s a place for the classics.

This week’s poll therefore has a touch of nostalgia to it. What if you could flick a switch and get Saab to start building any of the historic models once again? Brand new cars, just as they were sold in the past but with brand new materials. Which model would you choose?

I’ve picked nine models from Saab’s previous generation vehicles for you to choose from. Vote for your favourite, or if you prefer something unlisted, let us know in comments.

Here’s the poll, and there’s a little about the chosen cars below…..

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Keep reading to check out a brief on all the individual cars in the poll……

Saab 95

A 7-seat wagon with only two doors and a tailgate? Saab’s little wagon was big on the inside and remains a firm favourite with fans who have a penchant for something different. The Saab 95 was within one place of finishing on the podium of the 1961 Monte Carlo Rally – there’s not many cars with seven seats that can claim that!

Saab 96

Built from 1960 to 1980, the Saab 96 forged a reputation for toughness through its ability to stun more highly fancied cars on the international rally circuit, mostly at the hands of Erik Carlsson. The Saab 96 first appeared with a two-stroke engine and migrated to the V4 in the mid-late 1960’s. It was one of Saab’s longest lived models, bring produced right up until 1980.

Saab Sonett (II and III)

Saab Sonetts, especially the ultra-rare two stroke versions, are fast becoming collectable items when well preserved. The little V4’s are a lightweight dream machine with their fibreglass bodies and minimal equipment. Larger drivers should take care with ingress and egress (this is personal experience speaking here) and spectators should take photos when observing such a phenomenon 🙂

Saab 99 Turbo

The original Black Turbo, shown here in magnificent Acacia Green. First shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show of 1977, the Saab Turbo was regarded as the first ‘family’ car to tame the turbo in a reliable fashion. Carried some of the best wheels and interiors of all time, and responsible for one of the best video reviews in automotive history.

Saab 900 Turbo 16-valve

The first of the 16-valve Saabs. The flat-front Saab 900 Turbo16 was first released with a silver exterior, grey side skirts and ‘oxblood’ interior. There are still a number of these on the road and they look every bit as handsome today as what they did back in the mid 1980s. A popular model with collectors in some markets because they were released prior to unleaded petrol being mandated, and hence don’t require a catalytic converter in those markets.

Saab 900 SPG

OK, SPG is a market specific term, meaning ‘Special Performance Group’ in the US market. This is the later model that’s often referred to as the Aero elsewhere, featuring a more pronounced body kit and deeper wheels. Perhaps the sportiest looking Saab of all time.

Saab 900 Convertible

Saab stunned the world by unveiling a convertible version of the Saab 900 in 1984, with the car finally going into production two years later. Saab’s convertibles have been a cornerstone of the Saab range ever since and the latest iteration, the Independence Edition 9-3 Convertible is limited to just 366 units in 2011. Known as the 4-seasons 4-seater, the Saab convertible is extremely habitable in all conditions and truly shines when the sun comes out (even in low temperatures!).

Saab 9000 Aero

A true versatile classic. Incredible power for it’s time, and a cargo-bay that could swallow a horse. Reputed to be faster at passing speeds than an equivalent Ferrari of the day and capable of getting its executive owners to their destinations in comfort and style. Hardware stores in the morning, the racetrack in the afternoon and to the opera at night. This car could do it all.

Saab 9-3 Viggen

A much maligned car in the press because of it’s outrageous torque-steer, but a much loved Saab amongst the fans. Brutal acceleration and beautiful appointments. The signature color Lightning Blue remains without peer and the badge is still unique in Saab’s history being used for one model only. Many hope for its return.

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40 Comments

  1.  I’d love to own a Black 99 Turbo… IMO it’s the car that separated Saab from the rest of the crowd. A point that nearly 30 years later other manufacturers have finally worked out why Saab took such a route.

    1. I’ve spotted a number of 99T’s for sale here in Sweden – none of them are black.  Either they’ve all been written off or people just don’t sell black ones.  I’m thinking the latter. 

  2. I voted for the 9-3 Viggen, but I’d take a 9000 Aero or a 900 SPG if they came along. I owned a couple of 900’s and then a 9000. They were GREAT cars! I loved their performance, as well their comfort and the versatility that came with the hatchback.

  3. A tough choice, but I had to vote for the SPG.  Never owned one (yet?), but that is one sweet looking ride!

  4. I miss driving my ’87 900 badly – and the visibility
    out of it – I would give a lot to have a brand new 900 SPG or 900
    Vert.  I love my ’03 9-3SS – but my ’87 900S is still myfavorite car…   …until I get my 9-5

  5. I own a ’88 900 convertible but I had to vote for the 99 Turbo… The car that is not on the list but is my absolute favorit; a 5-door 900 Turbo from 1980. I saw that car as a 14 year old boy and it was than my love for this brand started!
    //Edwin

    1. My former wife and I owned a 5-door 900 Turbo. She was absolutely crazy about the car. Me, too, of course.

          1. I have 1980 sales piece that was obviously written by you to go with it…something like “What exactly is a Saab?”  A carry over from the ad copy. Its fantastic.

          2. “A Saab is exactly want you want. The question is, what is a Saab?” Answer, as revealed in the body copy and the tagline, “The most intelligent car ever built.” Worked then. Works now.

  6. I voted for the Viggen but it should be a convertible. And I’d surely take it to the next step and make it a Troll… 😉

  7. I voted for the 99 Turbo but it was a difficult choice for me. I’d LIKE to own at least one of every vintage Saab but lack the purse and garages required to do so!

    My second choices if it matters would be a 900 Turbo, Viggen, 9000 Aero and Sonett III, but again I truly would love one of each from Swade’s list.

    Still sad that we recently gave our 900 Turbo to someone to restore (we could not manage this ourselves) but am glad to say that we still have our 99 Turbo and Viggen (in addition to two “daily driver” Saabs).

    Cheers to all

    Cheers to all

  8. This was a tricky question, so many great contenders. I ended up voting for the 900 convertible, but it clearly needs to be a Turbo. Yet, if any of the old generation 900 were put into production, that would probably be my first car purchase. (The 900 will probably be that anyway 🙂 )

    Also the 9000 Aero is a great car, I’ve always wanted to try the V4 and never had the chance, the original 99 Turbo is equally interesting… and one that is not on the list, the 99 EMS.

    Who thinks the 99 Turbo rally car could be modernized enough to be a rally car today?

    1. @O8h7w:disqus I think the 99 Turbo could be a modern rally contender – it still is when I’m driving – ha ha 😉

  9. Tough choices indeed.  My practical choice is the 96 because I have a better chance of finding one, but I actually voted for the 95 due to its rarity.

  10. The 900 T16S (Aero) and the 900 SPG are basically the same car so can we combine the vote?  I slightly prefer the sloped nose version myself.

    1. I put them both in precisely for that reason, Craig.  Different body kits and slightly different times.  One more understated than the other but both outstanding.  I know I’ve got a favourite between the two and figured others might as well.

  11.  BTW, I remember a dealer telling me back in the late eighties, that many potential customers used to come into the showroom just to look at the 900 16S Aero (SPG) even if they drove away with a lesser model, which they quite often did.  I think the same thing happened with the Viggen to a lesser extent.  Saab needs to remember this when the 9-3’s replacement arrives.  Stunning coupes are great draw-cards!

  12.  I’ve seen evidence on Facebook that Ted Y voted in the poll.  He’s obviously biased against 4-stroke Saabs, so his vote(s) cannot be relied on.  Therefore, please deduct one from the Saab 95 tally.

    1. Crap. I even went to Yahoo vSAAB to get that crowd to skew the votes to the 96, but they turned the tables on me and mostly voted 99/900. Buggers. 

  13. Agree with just about everyone – tough choice! I, too, would like one of each…

    …but I opted for the 99 Turbo because that really was the car that took Saab into new territory.

  14. 95 is in last place? I can’t believe it. If I didn’t have a fit 900T as a daily driver, perhaps I would have chosen it, but I love the uber-funkiness of the 95. 

    1. Yes the 95 is a car that people in the street remark the most .They are usually amazed by the design , so unusual , never seen before and after .But I’m in love with all my classics and it’s difficult ot vote just for one classic Saab .Each has a real and strong personnality .

  15. I dont get the vote count.When i think classic SAAB i think a 96/95 v4 or TS. Sure,the others are classics,I have a Sonett and an 900spg and you see the original design lines of the 96 in the two  models.A SAAB needs a little Sixton Sasson in it for me to be happy.

  16. I drive a 1990 900 Aero (SPG). But I voted for the 95 as it was my first car and I still have it. Since when has a rebadged Opel (9-3) been a ‘classic SAAB’? It shouldn’t have been in the list in the first place.

  17. I voted for Saab 900 T16. I think a brand new 95 or 96 would seem rather odd, but they could perhaps be modernized. And I already have a few. 🙂

  18. i own a 14 year old 900S and would love to own the same car from new its great for long journeys , local cruising , or just nipping to the shops in real comfort and style , i can even get my fishing rods in the boot useing the rear seat drop through ton’s of room in the boot even with the roof down .
    had a lot of people trying to buy it but they have no chance .

  19. Yesterday, the obvious answer to this question was with me when I woke up. It’s the URSAAB, the 92001… yes, I know it’s not a production car, but you can’t it isn’t a classic SAAB. But then again, it isn’t just one of those classics – it’s The Classic SAAB!

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