So then, Saab. Started out in life making jet fighters, then after demands for planes had dropped after the war, they started to make cars instead.
Somehow, you could always tell that a Saab was pointlessly over-engineered in pretty much every area, but mostly safety and overall mass quality!
It was like an ant trying to work with a polar bear in terms of Saab’s partnership with General Motors. And as a result, 5 years ago, Saab was gone for good.
And since parts are more difficult to get hold of, Saabs on the second hand market have become seriously cheap!
So here’s 7 which are definitely worth investing in.
1. The 99- From £3,500
Suave, safe and sweet. The really rather rare 99 is a sensible choice in the classic car world.
With bulletproof reliability, this cheap Saab isn’t built to be a weekend cruiser unlike most other classics. You can use one of these everyday!
So instead of a bland ex-minicab Ford Mondeo, why not bag yourself this pretty little gem? It’s a cheap Saab after all.
2. The 99 Turbo- From £5000 (for a good one)
Aside the sensible regular 99, Saab also churned out this turbocharged weasel. The 99 Turbo.
This was the car that defined how turbo-crazed the 1980s was. 0-60 took just 8 seconds thanks to the 140bhp 2.0 litre 4 cylinder.
If you want an affordable retro Swedish sports coupe, consider a cheap Saab 99 Turbo!
3. The 9000 Aero (Turbo)- From £2000
If you thought Audi made the most subtle sleepers, think again.
The 9000 Aero with it’s 225bhp 2.3 litre engine was capable of accelerating from 50-70mph faster than a Ferrari Testerossa! (How about that for advertising!)
Discontinued after 1997, these things are dirt cheap. And a cheap Saab that’s quick and handsome, shouldn’t go a miss!
4. The 9-5 Hot Aero- From £1,000
Out of all of the cheap Saabs on the market, the 9-5 Hot Aero looks like it’s the absolute bargain of the century!
For the price of a middle class holiday home in Greece, you can simply buy a sexy, 250bhp, turbocharged rocket-ship designed to be sold to polo necked architects.
0-60 takes just 6 and a half seconds, top speed is in excess of 155mph. Enough to challenge any BMW in it’s price range!
If I feel tempted myself about this sweet cheap Saab, why shouldn’t you be?
5. The 9-3 Convertible- From £1,500
You may imagine that a 3 series convertible or an Audi A4 cabriolet is the ideal cheap 4 seater convertible.
You’d be right, but Saab’s left field choice does have some form of appeal to it.
You can have a diesel, if you’re a tree hugger. Or you could have anything all the way up to the range topping 2.8 litre V6!
Modern, safe and well built. This cheap Saab is for those who want a bit of style.
6. The 96- From £4,000
Originally sold as a 2 stroke, this was a replacement for the ageing predecessors (92, 93s etc). Early cars were about as slow as owners expected.
Then a V4 option was available, which helped shift you from A to B and even Z, because these things were frugally reliable!
Sweden literally has fan sites based around these 96s, and they are amongst the most unusual, yet traditional side of the cheap Saab market.
7. The 9-2x Aero- From £3,000
Okay strictly speaking, this isn’t a Saab as such. It’s actually a Subaru Impreza estate with jeans on top of it’s tracksuits.
But is that a bad thing? We all love a good AWD turbocharged flat four Impreza, right? But the fanboys can’t contain themselves. So why not get one of these?
Maybe apart from the sound, it’s subtle. Like a Saab should be! And because it’s a Subaru engine, it’ll last a long time, while returning a hefty amount of grunt!
Although they’re only for sale over the pond in America, it’s still a decent buy.
Here’s a good example. A cheap Saab, that’s actually a Subaru.
So there we are, that’s a list of cheap Saabs that are worth investing in.
If there’s anything missed, let us know below!