1986 Saab 900 Convertible – Saab USA Heritage Collection

Posted on 09. Apr, 2007 by in 1980-1989, 2000-2009, 900, United States


Photo Credits: Saab Automobile USA

The Saab Convertible is one of the most prized models of Saab Automobile’s product portfolio ever and it began in the United States. This 1986 Saab 900 Convertible shown above, is part of the Saab Automobile USA Heritage Collection stored in Sterling Heights, Michigan and it will be making an appearance later this summer at the Saab Owners Convention in Troy, Michigan.

Here is some descriptive information provided by Saab Automobile USA.


The idea for a Saab convertible, now an automotive icon around the world, first took hold in the United States. After convertibles had disappeared from the American marketplace in the early 1980s, Saab USA President Bob Sinclair realized there was a tremendous market niche to be refilled. While the popular hatchback Saab 900 was not suitable for conversion, a limited run of two-door 900 sedans with conventional trunks and steel roofs sparked Sinclair’s interest.
American Sunroof Corp. was commissioned to create a soft-top, four-seat Saab 900 Convertible based on the two-door sedan. A pearl white prototype was unveiled at the 1983 Frankfurt Auto Show as a design study. Overwhelming media response and consumer interest left Saab with no choice but to gear up for production.

Though initial production numbers for the Saab 900 Convertible were conservative, incredible demand kept the Valmet assembly plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland working at full capacity. The first Saab Convertibles were a limited run of 400 16-valve Turbos, produced in the spring of 1986 exclusively for the U.S. market. The cars sold so quickly that most prospective buyers did not realize the car was available for sale.

The 1987 model, now featuring a more sloping front end, was sold out long before its production began, and 1989 models were already being ordered in the autumn of 1986. Overall, almost 49,000 first-generation Saab Convertibles were sold between 1987 and 1993 – an average of 7,000 units a year, or 14 percent of all Saab 900 production.

The Cherry Red 1986 Turbo Convertible in the Heritage Collection has been owned by Saab USA since it was new. It has a black top and some prototype parts of the rear spoiler rendered in wood. Featuring a similar color scheme, it is often considered a look-alike of the Saab 900 Convertible that is the car of choice in the 2004 hit movie “Sideways.”

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8 Responses to “1986 Saab 900 Convertible – Saab USA Heritage Collection”

  1. Alex

    09. Apr, 2013

    I live in Australia.
    My Father owns a pearl white Saab turbo convertible 1986 or a 1985 model.
    Very low kilos.

    Did saab make limited models to Australia.


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    • Marius

      13. Apr, 2014


      interesting, do you have photos?

      greetings from the Netherlands,

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  2. Glen

    03. Dec, 2014

    Type your comment here…

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  3. Glen G

    03. Dec, 2014

    I have a 1986 Saab Conv 5 speed, silver /gray, one of the first in the U.S. It only has 8000 miles, my understanding they only came in silver for the first 300 or so 1/ per dealer in the US @ the time!!

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    • Ewout

      19. Jan, 2015

      Hi Glen, sounds like a unique car. Care to join the Int. 1986 SAAB convertible Registry?

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  4. James

    17. Nov, 2015

    I have a silver 1986 convertible with 140K miles. Any idea what it’s value is?

    James USA

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  5. Ewout

    18. Nov, 2015

    Hi James, hard to judge… Depends a lot on it’s current state. Anywhere between $250 and $7000 could be true. if you’re on Facebook: try this question on https://www.facebook.com/groups/thefabulousflatnose/. This group is dedicated to the 1986 900cv.

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    11. Jun, 2020

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