Saab enthusiasts are a strange bunch, your humble author included. There's no rational reason to pine for a bizarre turbocharged hatchback euphemistically described as "quirky," built by trolls in a place that doesn't see the sun for months at a time, which may also explain the quirkiness. But some do.
Will Brosha, from Princeton, New Jersey, is the original owner of a 1988 Saab 900 SPG with 143,770 miles on the odometer. It is "collector grade," he maintains; $2500 invested recently (just last week!), no rust, no sagging headliner, pristine dash, service history dating back 28 years. It's a gem. We'd believe him. And yet, curiously enough, there's no price listed. "I'm toying with the idea of re-purchasing the same car I sold years ago to a collector," the seller says. "Selling my SPG will make that idea slightly less irrational."
There are plenty of rare 900 Turbos and even rarer SPGs on Saabnet, the foremost classifieds for the brand, and they usually get snatched up pretty quickly. Some of them are even as pristine as this.
But what's unique about this ad is the treasure trove of extras that you, the lucky buyer, will be driving home with if you head to New Jersey with your best offer. That's right: most sellers of interesting cars are content to include an owner's manual, maybe a dog-eared magazine issue they got on eBay—but Mr. Brosha here has boxes of boxes of period material, and a few Saab extras, aka "Saabcessories." How's that for dedication? How's that for unwavering enthusiasm?
Let's see what comes with this Saab, shall we? Painstaking eBay hunting and a few crossed eyeballs brought you the following inventory:
- Consumer Reports, "," an issue that you can purchase , for some reason,
- Consumer Reports, "," which featured among other luminaries the Eagle Summit LX and the Toyota Tercel Deluxe,
- A Road & Track Buyers Guide of indiscriminate dating, but sufficiently Eighties enough to feature a Corvette C4,
- The 1987 Guide to Performance Cars, a special Road & Track supplement, featuring on the cover that tire-roasting paragon of speed, the Honda CRX. "Pretty same Jekyll around town," , enamoring us to the newfangled delights of turbocharging, "but a fearsome Hyde on the open highway."
- The issue, featuring the first test of a . Optimum quote: "It looks like what a Martian would design if given a word description of what earth cars are." A Saab enthusiast probably has this line tattooed somewhere.
- A top of the line , back when radar detectors were the size of briefcases and presumably cost as much as ,
- About a dozen Saab brochures, warranty booklets, accessory guides, paperwork, receipts, original window sticker,
- Saab repair manuals from Haynes, Chilton's, and Trollhattan,
- A Saab hat, in tasteful dark blue and tan,
- A , all but guaranteed to add dizzying amounts of hipster cred at your next Mountain Goats concert,
- A lovingly-hoarded Costco pallet of Saab OEM oil filters,
And other neatly-packaged mysteria of odds and ends, tchotchkes, geegaws, thingamabobbers, knick-knacks, bric-a-bracs, gimcracks, paddywhacks, etc. There's probably a wristwatch in there, too.
Talk about your period-correct accoutrements. Whoever this collector is, he owned and maintained and loved this car for way too long to let it go for "best offer." He deserves better than to be lowballed. There's memories in those pages, factory specs pored over, hats worn proudly. Whoever picks up this 900 SPG will no doubt cherish all this Saab swag as much as the seller loved collecting it. Orphan car enthusiasts are a strange bunch.
Images from the 1983 Saab Accents catalog via