When it bolted a turbocharger to its otherwise unremarkable 99 saloon in 1977, Swedish manufacturer SAAB, hitherto associated with extremely rugged but rather dull fare, succeeded in creating one of the most iconic high-performance road cars of the era. The Turbo variant continued on the lengthened but otherwise similar successor 900 range in 1979, gaining the 16-valve 175bhp engine in 1984. Two years later the range was augmented by the 900 Turbo Convertible, though it would be 1990 before it became available in the UK. With a 0-60mph time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 126mph, SAAB's luxurious two-seater soft-top had no trouble keeping up with hottest of hot hatches.
This rare SAAB 900 Convertible has the full pressure 175bhp turbocharged 16-valve engine and automatic transmission. Finished in Scarabe Green metallic with grey leather interior, it benefits from a new convertible hood, installed in May 2011 at a cost of £1,700. Always garaged and said to drive very well, 'J542 VRX' has had only two owners, the last from 1994, and has covered 108,800 miles from new. It comes with MoT to October 2016, a V5C document and a substantial service history including the owner's book pack and manuals.