Trending: the Saab 900 Turbo will give you a Swede little boost

There’s some serious interest developing in Saab’s old-school 900 Turbo – the trad one from before GM spoiled the party.

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heir numbers have at last dwindled to the point where you don’t see them regularly (which takes a lot longer with Saabs than most other cars), and their other delights are being properly recognised. This has, after all, long been a car of choice for maverick British TV detectives and anyone who wants to look like an architect.

The other attraction is of course the turbocharger, although this is less exciting in the early (pre-’85) and LPT (Light Pressure Turbo) models which only got 143bhp. Full-fat was either 160bhp, or 175 for hotter ones like the Aero, and 185bhp for the legendary Carlsson. Just 600 of those were built, solely for the UK market, and the best are now into double figures.

But the rest aren’t that far behind. LPTs might top out around £6000-£6500, but full-on ones can now make £8000. All these number are up around 20% on where they were two years ago, and are still rising. Condition is all important – these cars will do a lot of miles – but it’s a game to join sooner rather than later.