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Autotrader Find: Saab 900 Springtime in Sweden Special Edition

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author photo by Doug DeMuro December 2016

File this one under "strange special-edition vehicles you had no idea existed." What you're looking at here in this Autotrader listing is a highly rare 1988 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible "Springtime in Sweden" Edition. I am completely serious. This was an actual special edition created by Saab, not a dealership.

From what I can gather, the "Springtime in Sweden" Edition was designed to be the top-of-the-line 1988 900 Convertible, showcasing what the Swedes were really capable of when they worked hard to provide a truly luxurious experience for the customers. Also, it showed what they could do when the sun comes out.

According to various websites I found, which treat this special edition as if it's a normal, regular, everyday automotive special edition -- even though it came with a special badge that said "Springtime in Sweden" and had birds on it -- Saab made just 288 of these in 1988, reportedly one for each dealership. Of those 288, all but four were stick shifts. This is one of the ultra-rare four automatics.

So what distinguished the Springtime in Sweden model from the other 900 Turbo convertibles? Apparently, they were all black, with top-end alloy wheels, a gray leather interior and a "Springtime in Sweden" badge on the back. That's all.

Still, you have to admit this one -- which, unfortunately, lost its "Springtime in Sweden" badge years ago -- is kind of cool, special edition or not. It's a clean, well-kept 900 Convertible that's had just one owner for the last 18 years -- and it's only covered 38,600 total miles. It's currently offered by International Autosports in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, not far from New York City, for $12,999. Perhaps most importantly, it's also an excellent listing for Saab enthusiasts to check out, as it includes 70 clear photos of this time capsule 900.

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