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1989 saab 900 turbo t16 s coupe
total adrian smith saab dealer history
low 109,000 miles
first registered 5th april 1989, the data sheet in the service book for the car
shows the first owner as mr chambers from aberdeen supplied new to himself by
adrian smith saab. He owned it until 11/92 trading it back into the supplying
dealer. The dealer then retailed it as an approved used saab to the second
owner - a mr johnston, also from aberdeen. His tenure of ownership lasted until
march 2006, over 13 years. The third owner had jso from 8/06 to 7/10 and is
unknown at this stage, but from the mot locations it looks like jso continued
to reside in aberdeen during this tenure, she then went south for a years holiday.
the fourth owner seems to be a mr evemy from hythe. This is backed up by the
invoicing addresses and mot location history. He owned the car from 7/10 to 6/11.
the fifth owner, a mr hamilton of dunbar was the custodian from 6/11 to 7/18
and used almost exclusively the saab specialist in bonnyrigg for his maintenance
work. F524 jso had returned to scotland. The most recent owner was a mr poore of
crieff 2018 - present.
service history 22 engine services
we handle a lot of older classics, rarely do i come across one that has a complete
dealer history, cars become less valuable, ten years ago the value of this car was
a lot lower and as such it would not have mertited paying dealer prices to have it
maintained. Te level of commitment by mulitple owners to stay loyal to the dealer
network is very impressive. The service boom itself was full and complete a good
few years ago, the remainder of the servicing is corroborated wit. Invoicing.
all in all this must be among the best history of any 900 turbo in the uk, every
service accounted for, carried out by the same official saab dealer and carried
out ahead of schedule!
the history is as follows…..
pre delivery by adrian smith saab on 5/4/89
600 mile service by adrian smith saab on 9/5/89 @ 980 miles
12k service by adrian smith saab on 22/3/90 @ 7,648 miles
18k service by adrian smith saab on 8/2/91 @ 12,962 miles
24k service by adrian smith saab on 21/11/91 @ 17,908 miles
30k service by adrian smith saab on 11/8/92 @ 22,759 miles
36k service at adrian smith saab on 17/11/93 @ 30,394 miles
42k service at adrian smith saab on 14/11/94 @ 36,306 miles
48k service at adrian smith saab on 10/11/95 @ 41,193 miles
54k service at adrian smith saab on 6/11/96 @ 45,763 miles
60k service at adrian smith saab on 6/11/97 @ 50,442 miles
66k service at adrian smith saab on 5/11/98 @ 55,354 miles
72k service at adrian smith saab on 3/11/99 @ 60,594 miles
78k service at adrian smith saab on 2/11/00 @ 66,370 miles
84k service at adrian smith saab on 31/10/01 @ 69,725 miles
90k service at adrian smith saab on 20/9/02 @ 73,525 miles
96k service at adrian smith saab on 17/9/03 @ 78,142 miles
102k service at adrian smith saab on 22/9/04 @ 83,158 miles
108k service at adrian smith saab on 19/9/05 @ 86,467 miles
* below is the continuation of the service schedule not recorded in the
book (due to being full), but shown on invoice.
114k service at central saab specialist on 20/9/11 @ 92,808 miles
120k service at central saab specialist on 8/5/12 @ 97,897 miles
126k service at central saab specialist on 12/7/13 @ 102,704 miles
130k service at bellfield garage on april 2019 @ 109,000 miles
a total of 22 services!
in addition to above comprehensive ‘over servicing’ we have all six anti
corrosion inspections stamped by adrian smith which formed part of the
saab ‘six year anti-corrosion warranty’.
other documented history
- 30/6/10 boot badge, electric window motor, £118 @ hagstrom saab, norfolk.
- 11/6/11 mot test, £54.85 @ b & d specialist cars, hythe.
- 20/9/11 service @ 92,808 miles, oil pressure switch, bulbs and blades, £155.69 @
central saab specialist, bonnyrigg.
- 16/4/12 fuel tank straps, £71.94 @ saab specialist parts, online.
- 8/5/12 service @ 97,897 miles, replace fuel tank straps. Anti roll bar bushes replaced,
£117.96 @ central saab specialist, bonnyrigg.
- 31/7/12 mot and general suspension work, £326.70 @ central saab specialist, bonnyrigg.
- 12/7/13 service @ 102,704 miles, mot, replace front pads, nsf caliper, new rear
tyres, £434.58 @ central saab specialist, bonnyrigg.
- 13/5/15 alternator, battery, mot, exhaust, remove engine and replace upper
suspension arms, hub bearings, £991 @ central saab specialist, bonnyrigg.
- 30/3/16 cabin filter, mirror motor, £20 @ neo bros, online.
- 30/3/16 new high pressure pipe to power steering rack, £136 @ central saab
- 10/10/17 4 x tyres and tracking work, £ 204 @ border tyres, dunbar.
£528 @ bellfield garage, perth.
mot history has hard copies showing the following…..
19/9/05 @ 86,466 @ aberdeen
11/4/08 @ 87,944 @ aberdeen
5/7/10 @ 88,977 miles @ aberdeen
11/6/11 @ 91,812 miles @ hythe
31/7/12 @ 99,155 miles @ bonnyrigg
4/7/13 @ 102,704 miles @ bonnyrigg
28/4/15 @ 104,322 miles @ bonnyrigg
25/4/16 @ 105,149 @ dunbar
25/5/17 @ 105,177 @ dunbar
4/6/18 @ 107,396 @ east linton
setting this car apart is its original unaltered condition, this is not a
restored saab, its an original survivor that has been extremely well
maintained and as such been spared the ravages of time. The knowledgeable
owners have taken precautions applying a proactive approach to ownership,
servicing and preservation. The condition of the bodywork is great with
zero rust or even any blemishes woth comment. Underneath the bonnet presents
very well, as do the inside of the doors and most importantly the underside is
bone dry with no nasty surprises.
the large leather and suede owner’s folder contains all supplied handbooks.
two original keys, full toolkit and spare, a period stereo, all manufacturers
labels are present and correct, all as the car left the factory with no add
ons or cheap alterations or compromises.
the saab 900 cult
the classic world is at last waking up to the classic saab, like all the real
saab's its as timeless now as it was then, and they were the real deal. Classic
cars come and go but the appeal of some remains constant and none more so than
the 900 - the last real saab say some of the marque's cognoscenti. Think of it
as a time-warped sixties swinger but with mtv street cred and a style and look
that was as unique as citroen's. All of which is why the last saab 900 -
manufactured until 1993 - became an instant classic upon its demise, and
remains a sought after though little remembered classic as yet, though time
has a habit of changing things.
owning a late model saab 900 is an easy way to being different and this modern
classic is one that anyone would be deeply proud to be the next custodian, its
ready to be used and enjoyed and stored with sympathy, and would be the envy
of any saab show it entered. With values of young timer fords vauxhalls mercs
and bmws rising, this is a bit different and is a model that has a proper
depth to the build quality and engineering, one of the coolest cult cars ever
things like the world's first side impact bars, the first pollen and pollution
filter for the cabin air system, and windscreen pillars made of 2.5mm rolled
steel, were all unique saab traits. Lift up the carpet and you will find box
section steel beams like no other car, reinforcing the floor. The 900 was so
far ahead in safety terms at its 1979 launch that it stayed safe until its
discontinuation in 1993 after nearly a million cars were made. Driving the
saab 900 is a world away from today's flat-screened greenhouses. You sit
deep behind a unique curved windscreen with a dashboard that rolls away for
acres. The windscreen is slot-like and your knees go under the fascia - not
over it. It is more like sitting in a deep victorian cast iron bath. The
seats feel orthopaedic, and the boot space is massive, i could go on and
on...and i will.....
the 900 was saabs best ever selling car and they have always overflowed
with feeling. Like rolex, apple or harley-davidson, there is something
mysterious – albeit modes. And scandinavian – about saab that, over the
years, has transcended its marketing and publicity materials and been
appropriated by the people who drive the cars. The phenomenon examining
the behaviour of saab drivers, you discover a hierarchy, also known as
“snaabery" often defined by owning an original, pre-gm saab; Rituals and
moral responsibilities: Flashing your lights at other saab drivers and
helping them out of trouble; Oppositional loyalties: Despising bmws;
and myth-making: Notably “how saab saved my life” stories about
crashes in which the cars lay down their lives for their owners.
remember you get what you pay for in life, the quality of this 900 will
remain long after the price has been forgotten. Be mindful that currently
there are very few of these models licensed and on the road. Investment
wise this is easily tipped as a model that will multiply in value in
coming years. Think about it..
v5 registration document
many old mot certificates
full book pack including the following parts:
original supplying dealer adrian smith saab business cards for:
sales exec, parts manager & service manager
saab quick reference guide specification booklet
saab ‘safeguard’ used vehicle mechanical insurance booklet effective from may 1992
the warranty registration form complete in the name of t johnston
original fitment philips dc 681 manual
saab 900 owner’s manual 1989
saab emergency service policy booklet
saab ‘what to do in the event of an accident' booklet
saab owners club application card and booklet, not filled in
saab griffin circle information card
saab warranty and records service book (correct data sheet displayed on inside cover)
mot 12 months
spare wheel & tools
Limited edition Car No. 285 of 300 to celebrate 25 years of Saab.
Saab alloy wheels with good tyres
Rear decor panal
Rear boot spoiler
Colour coded wing mirrors
Flat front body style
Blue Velour interior
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