Saab 900 T16 Aero ‘1988

Chassis nr. YS3AD35L9J3023976
First reg. 26.05.1988
262,500 km
Two tone – Odoardo Grey metallic color
Dark gray leather upholstery
Renovated and serviced 2023-2024.
Mot/Tüv Inspected 11/2023, valid until 11 / 2024
Sold to Leipzig, Germany.

In the 1930s, the Swedes unsuccessfully tried to acquire fighters from England, France and the United States. The country, which remained neutral, decided to establish an airplane factory for the needs of defense forces, and in the footsteps of the first company, Svenska Aero AB, Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, or SAAB, was also born. As a result of the First World War, the Germans had been forced to move their aircraft factories to other countries, such as Sweden, and German engineering skills were also used at Saab.

The first passenger car, the Saab 92, began to be produced in 1949. The philosophy of aircraft design was utilized and thanks to the streamlined design, the car had a drag coefficient of 0.30, the same as, for example, the Ferrari F40 sports car a few decades later.

Saab was popular in the Nordic countries, the large wheel size and front-wheel drive made it an efficient forwarder even in challenging and snowy conditions. Rally success in the 60s and 70s was achieved by Stig Blomqvist and Erik Carlsson in Sweden and Simo Lampinen in Finland with a Saab 96.

The Saab 900 was introduced in May 1978 and became available for the 1979 market. The chassis of the car was based on the structure of the predecessor 99, but it had been extended to achieve better safety – and to accommodate larger and turbocharged engines in the engine compartment. Initially, the 900 was available in 3- and 5-door liftback body models, in 1981 the model range was completed with a 4-door sedan and in 1985 with a 2-door sedan. In 1987, the 900 received a facelift, where the front mask and lights were changed. The “vertical nose” became a “slanted nose”, while the body parts remained the same.

In 1984, Saab introduced the 900, a sporty, 3-door flagship model that competed for the same buyers with powerful rear-wheel drive special models from, for example, BMW and Mercedes. Aero’s two-liter and 16-valve turbocharged engine produced a peak power of 175 horsepower and a torque of 273 Nm. There was a cooler for the turbocharger and the pressure was optimized using Saab’s APC system.

Other Aero features included larger bumpers and paneling of the lower part of the sides with air resistance-reducing sills, 3-spoke Aero wheels, leather upholstery and a sunroof.

This 1988 Saab 900 T16 Aero was brought to Finland by car enthusiast R.Collin from Sweden in 2018. The car was in relatively good and original condition when it came to us in the fall of 2023.

During autumn 2023 and spring 2024, Saab has been renovated and serviced after five years of standing mostly unused: the drive shaft joints have been renewed,the engine’s spark plugs and engine oils and filters have been renewed.

The interior has new roof upholstery and the original dark gray leather seats have been restored.

The body of the car is in good condition and the original Odoardo Gray paintwork is in impressive condition. The left front fender and the driver’s door, which were damaged in a parking accident, were refurbished and painted. The bonnet has also been painted due to stone chips.

The car is fast and it works great. The exhaust manifold and exhaust itself updated to more breathable ones. Turbo and Intercooler have been updated and there really is power enough. The transmission is precise and intact.

A rare, original Aero T16 ready to enjoy. Saab is located in Luhtaanmäki, Vantaa, demonstrations by agreement.

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