This is the rare SAAB 90, introduced in 1984 as the last 99 model. The car was originally targeted as a more affordable SAAB. But the high standards of the Swedes made this car so strong and reliable that it, in fact, wasn’t a cheap car compared to the other manufacturers.
The front of the car came from the original 99 and the rear from the later 900 sedan. In all SAAB quirkiness this somehow ended up as the 90. The car was manufactured in Uusikaupunki, a Finnish town. The engine fitted was the familiar 2.0 liter of the H platform connected to a 4 or 5 speed gearbox. This engine was also turbocharged by SAAB but never delivered on the 90. In 1987 production was ended after only 25,378 had been made, making this, one of the rarer SAAB’s made. Most 90’s were produced for the Scandinavian market but they were also sold in some other European countries. Some made it to other parts of the world including Canada.
This particular example was originally delivered to Germany. Later in it’s life, the car came to the Netherlands, where it is still being driven a lot. SAAB’s engines are very reliable, especially the non-turbo ones. If you want to get into the world of classic cars but still drive something reasonably dependable (part of the experience) and quite affordable (up to now), an old SAAB is definitely your way to go.