1983 Pearl White Saab 900 Turbo T16 pre-production

This Pearl White Saab 900 Turbo T16 is an original pre-production model. It was registered on 30-12-83 and Saab confirmed it is an original pre-production 900. It originally had 249,000 kilometers on the odometer. The previous owner from Värmdö, Sweden is a Saab enthusiast and he traded it in for a Saab 99 rally.

Picture from the previous owner in Sweden before the restoration

It was purchased in Sweden in 2004 by one of the Dutch Saab forum members. It changed hands a few times and it was restored and repainted in 2010. The work was done by Haaima Automobielen in the Netherlands, a well-know and respected Saab restoration company.

It was for sale for € 15,000 in October of 2011 and seemed like a very reasonable price for such a unique and pristine Saab 900 pre-production model.

Description by the seller when it was offered for sale in 2011:

Saab 900 Turbo 16v 5 speed manual in the ultra rare ‘pearl white edition’. This car was produced in December 1983 and is one of the 24 pearl white prototypes which were followed by the later Saab 900 aero editions (or T16s). (MY84-MY93)

The car has been fully restored and has currently only 256 kilometers on the gauge.

The engine has been thoroughly checked and was rebuilded afterwards.  This engine job and furthermore the build up of this car has been done by Haaima Saab in Barneveld (well known Saab specialist in The Netherlands). Everything which needed replacement was replaced. Both the complete body and engine as well are now in pristine condition.

There is a an old thread on the Dutch Saab forum but most pictures are gone. Steven from SaabsUnited featured this and another Pearl White 900 a year ago: Pearl Saab 900 Aero protoypes restored

Pictures of this Saab 900 were on Flickr and Garaget.org but they all have been removed.  Registry information for license plate 08-RF-ZS shows the car was exported from the Netherlands in July 2012 when it was sold to a new owner in Finland.

Does anyone know the current location of this Saab 900 or have any other information? Please discuss in the comments below.


  1. Am the original owner of a 1983 SAAB 900 (non-turbo, hatchback), 79K original miles, manual 5-speed. Always garaged, excellent condition (all original, no modifications)—always in southern California weather (Orange County). Never in any accident, body intact. Color: ivory (cream), also original. Always serviced by highly experienced Saab specialists.
    Considering selling, now that this Saab reached 40th birthday since delivery. Please contact if interested. Suggestions on selling welcome (incl websites to post in).

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