Posts Tagged ‘SPG’

Swedish Army Knife – 1988 Saab 900 SPG

March 11, 2016

A popular saying goes “jack of all trades, master of none”, and there are many examples out there on the car market today. SUVs trying to be sports cars, sedans and wagons jacked up to go off-road, vehicles that cross-over to a land of poor driving dynamics, and more. In the 1980s, though, there was a car that was probably one of the best – let’s call it a “jack of all trades, master of most”. The Saab 900 had excellent handling and acceleration, great comfort, reasonable fuel consumption, and an amazing capacity for stuff. While the styling was divisive compared to its peers, anyone could argue its case in comparison to, say, a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X6. That said, up for consideration today is this 1988 Saab 900 SPG for sale for $2250 (or $2700 including a parts car and parts collection) somewhere in Cumberland County, ME.

1988 Saab 900 SPG right front

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Eighties Aero – 1988 Saab 900 Turbo

October 15, 2013

This is starting to feel like a Saab 900-specific place, but honestly, there seem to be a good batch of them out there right now. Surprisingly, there are even more than the featured cars, but the ones shown here seem to represent some of the best or most unique of the cars available. In terms of its performance models, Saab had the SPG cars starting in 1986, and the Aero cars starting in 1993, but this is neither of those. It’s a 900 turbo with a very 1980s aero package – whale tail rear spoiler, deep front spoiler, SPG-style side cladding and rear vent covers, and rear skirts. Is it possible this is an SPG and the seller is simply not aware? You can find this 1986 Saab 900 turbo maybe-SPG for $3488 in Fremont, CA.

1988 Saab 900 turbo left front

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Saad about Saab – 1988 Saab 900 SPG

December 30, 2009

Well, I’m probably not the only car nut to do it, but I thought I’d post a nice Saab in honor of the recent passing of one of my favorite car brands. Regular readers might know I grew up in Saabs, so it’s sad to see them go, although I’m not sure I would have had as much use for one of those GM-platform non-hatchback cars they thought would be the key to success. Ha! That said, some online reading is making me think they’re still clinging on to dear life – after all, the new 9-5 was all set to go, so with that and the last-minute folks showing up to make an offer, maybe there is hope.

With that off my chest (bitter at GM? nooo), let’s look at this nice 900 SPG here in Pasadena, CA for $2000. I fear the listing’s already disappeared since it took so long for me to finalize this post, so you may have to just rely on my words and the ad text below:

1988 Saab 900 SPG, Edwardian Grey

$2,000 cash, firm (This is a great price)
190,000 miles, 2nd owner, purchased in 2001 with 135k miles, full service history, clean title, comes with mechanic’s inspection report.
Good Engine, body and interior are about 7 out of 10 rating, no rips in leather seats.
New alternator
New AMM
New solid aluminum front engine mount
Clear side turn signals
Rear vent covers
Aluminum rally skid plate
Silicone vacuum lines
Passed smog test
Front right plastic molding is standard in lieu of SPG
Large scratch on one SPG panel
Scratch on rear quarter panel (A kid keyed the car)
No cruise control (newer stalk, easy fix)
A/C was marginal and last used in 2003
CD player in lower cubby
Cupholder and coin holder in dash
Kenwood speakers
Bridgestone Potenza tires with about 15k miles of life left

Fun Car. I also owned a 1987 Saab 900 8v non-turbo for 11 years.

1988 Saab 900 SPG

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