1993 Saab 900 T16S Ruby No 150/150 For Sale
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|For sale is my Saab 900 T16S, a limited edition 1993 Ruby Edition with the 185 bhp ‘Carlsson‘ engine, made all the more rare by the fact that this is No 150 - the last one, and therefore the last three door factory produced Classic Saab 900 made for the UK - the convertibles were produced for a further year. |
All were produced in ‘Ruby’ Red, distinguishable from other 900’s by the colour-coded bumpers and rare Zegna wool inserts on the doors and seats. With 150 made for the UK market (and an additional 7 produced in LHD for the Continental market), the Ruby is one of the more sought after special editions of the 900. By combining the power of the ’Carlsson’ engine but retaining the refined elegance of the 900’s lines by not adding the body kit, Saab combined different ideas to make the last 900 a truly outstanding and unique model.
It is impossible to know for sure, but according to the UKSaabs website, there are 39 of these still on the road and the real number is unlikely to be that much higher. Along with the 9000 from the same era, these were the last thoroughbred cars that Saab produced before the influence of General Motors began.
The exterior is in excellent condition with no rust present on the door bottoms or inside the bonnet and only minor stone chips to the front. For those who feel that the Ruby should have been supplied with the body kit, there is a full kit (including fixing rails) which will be included for the full asking price of the car. The central locking is typically intermittent, the air-con system is the original R12 type (and therefore cannot be re-gassed) and the cruise control works. Jamsaab Saab Specialists in Bristol have indicated that they have all the parts needed to upgrade the air-con to an R134 system.
The interior is in excellent condition with no dashboard cracks or blemishes and is filled with the classic Saab interior leather smell. Particularly worthy of note is the leather seats with Zegna wool inserts. There are no tears to the wool and no rips to the leather (including the bottom of the driver’s squab where it sits close to the tilt mechanism). The car currently has the more comfortable front headrests from a Saab 9000 fitted, but the originals come with the car. The dashboard has been upgraded to LED bulbs throughout for excellent night-time visibility. The interior lighting has also been upgraded to LED as have the front sidelights, which are in ‘period yellow’. The car is fitted with a Pioneer DEH-X8700DAB Car Stereo which retains as far as is possible the car’s 1980’s look whilst offering Digital Radio, Bluetooth and USB Car Play Connectivity. The rear parcel shelf fitted to the car has had 6x9 holes cut for speakers, which are hidden beneath acoustic cloth, but the original and unmolested parcel shelf is also included in the sale. The tool kit is all present and correct.
The car was owned from new until 2009, when it passed to the owner’s son-in-law and from there was sold at Brightwells Classic Car Auction in 2012. It was then kept in the South West of the UK before I bought the car in 2018. It comes with a printed full service history up to 2009 (87,947 miles) and then has receipts for regular servicing and repairs from 2013 (107,000 miles). The next service and MOT is due in October 2020, the current mileage is 119,774 and the following work has been carried out to the car:
Professional renewal of headlining
Refurbishment of alloys (some staining has started to reappear)
Welding and Waxoyl to underside
Ball joints, callipers, belts, battery and discs replaced
Replaced wheel arch mouldings
Front wing replacement
Complete professional respray
New front windscreen (picture available to show the metal state beneath the glass)
Drive draft tunnel and OSR shock mount professional repair (see pictures link above) NB - this is referred to several times in the MOT history, and was only ever patched and put off before. I have receipts for the several thousand pounds of work it cost to finally sort this problem out professionally.
All bumper chrome strips replaced
New electric aerial
The car would be supplied with:
Original unmolested rear parcel shelf
Sunroof visor (needs new fixings)
Indoor dust cover
Spare set of four directional alloy wheels, which can be refurbished and diamond cut to make a new/second set
For the full asking price of £10,995 the car would also come with a full aero body kit including wheel arches and fitting rails.
The car is located in Herefordshire, 20mins from Junction 7 of the M5. MOT due end of October. Further information available on request.
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