http://www.nadaguides.com/default.a...988&m=1209&d=948&c=14&vi=100122&z=19446&da=-1Low Retail Value
This vehicle would be in mechanically functional condition, needing only minor reconditioning. The exterior paint, trim, and interior would show normal wear, needing only minor reconditioning. May also be a deteriorated restoration or a very poor amateur restoration. Most usable "as-is".
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To the right person.....the dash badge itself is worth $1000-$2800. If the car was 100% rust free, and has had a poor paint job, but was all there, which this car certainly seems to be, I'd have NO PROBLEM forking over $5k for it. Yeah, slushbox sucks, but its still the rarest C900 ever made, and we all know how tough it is getting to be, to find a clean one. That dash badge is the difference between a $1,500 decent looking car, and one of the most sought after 900's built.Mileage? Any service documents? Recent Work?
It's worth w/e you and the seller can agree too... Personaly I think those pictures make it look great and the issues you've described are not major - but clearly some cost will be involved to get this car to "GOOD" condition. Sounds like it has fallen into the "POOR" classification based upon what's wrong with it as far as I would deem it. This should help you buy said car for a reasonable dollar.
NADA Collector Car Value for a 1988 c900 Turbo Vert is as follows;
Original MSRP: $29,740
Base Price $3,975 (Low)
Retail Average $5,400
Retail High $7,550 (HIGH)
Try and get it near $2000 IMHO.... I would not consider $3000 personally, but again - it's an automatic SIS which sucks, but again more rare, but should not make it worth more by having an rather worthless transmission. Based on the low value description above - this car does not meet this criteria yet - so I would not rank it's value at the LOW shown above - more like the $1000-$2800 price range IMHO.
I do not know how sought after these cars really are, I can't say I am out looking for one - yes they are/were very nice in their hay days, but most have become subject to rot (yes this makes a solid find worth more). Honestly - I can not see this car being worth more then $2000 if it was just a standard c900 Vert - it has paint issues, dash problems - charging issues, and interior wear items which all equal time/money to repair. Being it is a real SIS (if you can prove someone didn't just SPG kit it and stick a rare dash badge on it) I agree it's worth more - such my reccomended price. If this car was more original in the paint department and had some documentaion I'd agree it could be worth closer to 5k - but unless it's there I wouldn't IMHO. It's still an older Saab - it's not a Stanley Steamer afterall... I can show you a much nicer 1993 CE HB for $3995 right now which is a bargin buy since it's just under 100,000 miles and looks prestine. I think the CE are a nicer car IMHO - but they don't fetch as much re-sale because as you said, the SIS is more rare. Offer low - feel the seller out, you never know, you might get it for way less then you would ever imagine. If you have the cheese then go for it - these are just my opinions. I am a bargin hunter - I don't walk around with $5,000 to put down on a car at anytime. My vintage was the most expensive car I've ever bought - until our 9-5 (but that was about $700 more then the 1973 I bought) lol Good Luck - I hope you or another link member can buy it. It looks to be worthy of a proper resurection.To the right person.....the dash badge itself is worth $1000-$2800. If the car was 100% rust free, and has had a poor paint job, but was all there, which this car certainly seems to be, I'd have NO PROBLEM forking over $5k for it. Yeah, slushbox sucks, but its still the rarest C900 ever made, and we all know how tough it is getting to be, to find a clean one. That dash badge is the difference between a $1,500 decent looking car, and one of the most sought after 900's built.
1991 Beryl Green SPG = WINJust personal opinions then.....
For that dash badge...you just can't find one and slap it on a car.
Each has its pros and cons. Its strictly my opinion that aside from the 1991 Beryl Green SPG, the '88 SiS is the prettiest 900 ever produced, hands down.
I don't have a window sticker, but I have warranty paperwork from when the car was sold, also showing SPG Convt.a good friend of mine has a car we belive to be an SIS up for sale,, it has the window sticker that list it as an SPG convertible... its double black with a 5spd from 1988...
anybody else with an SIS still have the window sticker??
Orange peel can be saved easily through wetsanding. Depends on how much clear is left though.The odometer stopped at 165,000. But, who knows how long ago.
The car is a great five to ten footer. Looks AMAZING from that distance, but up close you can see the orange peel in the paint.
He apparently is leaving for the big hospital in Indianapolis this weekend and if I don't buy it, its going back into a storage shed for two months until he gets back.
I want I want I want1991 Beryl Green SPG = WIN
Picture I took @ Saabs At Carlisle 2007