Saab 900 Monte Carlo Yellow Production Numbers

This is another entry from the Inside Saab days, in a similar vein to my Saab 9-3 Viggen production numbers article. The data was lost when Inside Saab went down, but thankfully I’ve been able to retrieve it thanks largely to the Wayback Machine.

Sadly, the Viggen and the MCY 900 Convertible are the only two models I got the chance to dig up numbers for before Inside Saab was ditched and Saab went under. I hope NEVS still has the old production database as it’s valuable historical information.

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After the success of the Viggen ‘by the numbers’ piece I thought it’d be fun to dig up another model of interest from the database and spill it’s global distribution beans here on the website.

The Saab 900 Convertible is an icon on its own, but the icon-within-the-icon is the Saab 900 Monte Carlo Yellow version of the car. It’s the most fun-looking color in the palette, but it still takes a certain strength of character to buy and own this most attention-grabbing and distinctive color.

SaabC900ConvMCY

So how were they distributed around the world?

The #1 market by volume won’t be a surprise, but the #2 market might be. MCY convertibles were sold in quite a few markets, though many of them had small numbers only.

If you’ve got one of these iconic Saab convertibles, then yours is one of just 893 that were ever made over the life of the model. Look after it.

If you don’t have one of these iconic convertibles but would like one, now you know where most of them were sold – which is a good tip as to where you could look to buy one!

Notes:

  • MY(date) = Model Year
  • Japan had two importers for these cars. I’ve combined the numbers in the table below.
  • My understanding is that MCY Convertibles were sold with different engine outputs in some markets. Yours could be a LPT or a HOT engine depending on where it was sold. I haven’t delved into those numbers here.
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28 Comments

    1. IDS = International Diplomatic Sales.

      Mostly run out of Germany, I believe, for overseas servicemen who were living there. They could then take the car back to their country of origin if they desired. I might have a bit of that wrong, but that’s the basis of it. There were different tax rules, etc, so it was set up as its own sales channel.

      1. I can verify that was the case for IDS for American servicemen (with the additional option of pick up in the UK). I’m sure the method for other IDS sales differs.

  1. Vive la C900!! I, too, am surprised at Hong Kong as the number two. On the other hand, I do not see Taiwan on the list, and if memory serves at least one of these was in their ‘Save Saab’ photo collection. I could be wrong about that. Perhaps a dealership group based in Hong Kong served more than one market?

    1. I’m only guessing here, but perhaps the political sensitivities of the time (early 1990’s) might have led Saab to classify Taiwan under ‘China’. There were five sold into the Chinese market according to the record, but I’m not sure there would have been five mainland Chinese buyers in the early 1990’s (aside from party members, of course).

      Just a guess.

  2. I am a resident of Hong Kong, where Saab had enormous success in the early 1990s. See this excerpt from a publication of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong http://www.swedishchamber.com.cn/MediaBinaryLoader.axd?MediaArchive_FileID=9e15c0f6-0a61-4cd5-8fee-c391f205bd8b&MediaArchive_ForceDownload=true :

    “Saab, rightly managed, can easily play in the premium brand segment. As a matter of fact, Saab was one of the hottest car brands in Hong Kong in the 1980s under the able management of Swedish Motors, owned by the late Christer Agell and his wife Marina. Saab has its highest market share outside of Sweden in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the management of Saab at the time did not understand the situation, and instead of sending groups to study what the Agells were doing right in Hong Kong, the headquarters worried more that it was not possible to sell all the orders for the Hong
    Kong market. But the Agells followed their own minds, listed the company on the Hong Kong stock
    exchange under the name the Anchor Group and continued to keep Saab positioned at the same level as BMW. Christer Agell was, by the way, also the first chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. After the listing, the Agells became very prosperous, but Saab continued to struggle,
    and has been suffering to this day. This is despite having a very good product that has been a pioneer in the automotive market, with features such as turbo-charging, aerodynamic design, night-mode instrument panels and front-wheel drive, among many other features. It is also worth remembering that in the 980s Saab and BMW were not so different in size.”

  3. Once again, great post/information. I, too, hope the old production database is still intact.

    You have really piqued my interest. I was not aware of the engine variations or that this model was produced in other years. I have some homework to do!

    1. U.S. buyers never had the option of a C900 with an LPT. All turbocharged models were high-output (approx. 1 bar). Most of the Monte Carlo models in the U.S. would also have the ‘red box’ EPC and a few other odds and ends.

  4. There might be a few italian and french cars better looking but there will never be a design and color combination as insanely fearless as this one. Why o why dont all cars look like this

    1. Sorry, but no. I only got to do a few of these stats pieces when I had access to the database (and more importantly, someone to make sense of it to help me present the info).

  5. I ordered a 1992 S model MYC while stationed in Italy. But it was delivered in Germany, Still own it with 194,000 miles, original paint except for the hood. 1 new top and need another. Clean lines without the black runners (?) on the bottom sides. Still gets up and goes on the Autobahn, just takes the non-turbo a while to get to speed.

  6. Very useful. Steve, as I am writing a piece for the Norwegian Saab Club Magazine about the Saab Festival in Trollhättan last week. I would say around 10 MCYs were present there, and your stats came in handy for the article. Thanks!

      1. Do you have any idea why they called it Monte Carlo Yellow? I mean what is yellow with regards to Monte Carlo? Apart from MC being a historically strong name for Saab?

    1. I have a1991 Monte Carlo yellow Saab I will be selling very soon. I was doing a little advance research and found this site

    1. This is the table data in CSV format.

      Country,MY1991,MY1992,MY1993,MY1994,Total
      Sweden,9,3,3,-,15
      IDS,5,7,10,1,23
      Denmark,5,-,-,-,5
      Finland,-,2,1,-,3
      Norway,-,1,-,-,1
      Belgium,-,10,4,0,14
      Great Britain,25,17,12,-,54
      Netherlands,1,2,6,-,9
      Italy,10,23,25,-,58
      France,40,-,13,-,53
      Portugal,-,1,-,-,1
      Switzerland,3,9,7,-,19
      Germany,56,13,7,1,77
      Austria,-,3,5,-,8
      USA,299,6,2,4,311
      Australia,-,16,22,4,42
      Cyprus,-,1,-,-,1
      Spain,10,1,1,-,12
      Japan,-,57,9,-,66
      South Korea,-,-,1,-,1
      Singapore,-,3,-,-,3
      Hong Kong,-,94,11,-,105
      Ireland,-,-,1,-,1
      Thailand,-,1,3,-,4
      China,-,1,2,2,5
      Kuwait,-,-,-,1,1
      Puerto Rico,-,1,-,-,1

  7. I have a 1991 Saab 900 turbo convertible in the Monte Carlo yellow for sale, you can see the add either on Saabnet or on SF bay Craigslist. The car is a 9 out of 10 always garaged and has been very well maintained. If interested let me know

  8. I am the original owner of a 900 turbo Monte Carlo yellow Saab convertible in great condition- garage kept- trying to find a good reputable Saab mechanic for simple maintenance in Florida and possible sale.
    Any tips ?
    Thanks a lot

  9. I just bought a 1992 MCY convertible in Perth, Australia that was bought new in Hong Kong, actually. Only 89k miles, and glad to know it was so rare, but I do have a question. Mine has the LPT, but the backplate reads “900i” and “2.1 litre 16-valve”. I assume this is a mistake and that someone added these wrong plates maybe after it was rear-ended (the trunk looks like it has been painted later). Am I correct in that assumption, that they didn’t make a 2.1 with a turbo? This is a 900S with a 2.0 litre? Thanks for any info!

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