1991 Saab 9000 2.3 Carlsson


  • Recently resprayed
  • Drives brilliantly
  • Rare Carlsson specification
  • Refurbished alloy wheels

The Appeal

Prior to being succeeded by the 9-5, the 9000 was Saab’s mighty contender in the executive car market, spanning over 14 years through a multitude of variants. Perhaps most desirable of all, are the incredibly rare Carlsson models, named in honour of Swedish rally legend Erik Carlsson. 

The Carlsson model showcases a very tasteful body kit, numerous technological improvements over the base model, and superior performance. The Carlsson models available to the UK pack a 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder, capable of producing around 190hp on the books. Lightly modified examples such as this, however, are capable of producing far more, and will easily surprise many vehicles on the road. 

Despite the 9000 Carlsson being a truly incredible machine to drive, many examples have been neglected over the years, falling to age and corrosion. Presented today is a very rare opportunity to own a freshly resprayed example, that benefits from years of care, and drives superbly.

If you’re looking for the chance to own one of these rare beasts, this is an opportunity you simply cannot afford to miss. 

Nearly £10,000 spent on such as new suspension, brakes, top end engine rebuild, wheels newly refurbished, virtually new tyres (only 300 miles) and thoroughly cleaned underside and then lanoguarded (absolutely no rust underneath).

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The History and Paperwork

  • Plenty of original components
  • Well maintained over the years
  • Long MOT until March 2023
  • V5C document present

As is seemingly the case with many desirable retro performance cars, this Saab has certainly been enjoyed over the years, with a total of 12 former keepers, and 143k now shown on the clock. Despite its mileage and owner count, the car performs brilliantly and has been treasured by the current owner, who is an avid Saab enthusiast. 

Although the vehicle doesn’t include a great deal of paperwork, as a result of previous owners over the years, the vehicle does have a long MOT, until March 2023. Also included with the vehicle are the V5C document and the correct badges for the model.

The Interior

  • Excellent condition
  • Saab 9000 Aero seats
  • Carlsson steering wheel
  • Kenwood head unit
  • Sunroof

The interior of this Carlsson shows off Saab’s notoriously superb build quality, and attention to detail. Although not original, the heated electric Aero seats are a welcome feature, especially for comfort on modern roads. Both front seats operate exactly as intended without known fault, and showcase a worn, yet comfortable condition. The rear seats, on the other hand, have seemingly hardly been used in the comparison, and show far fewer signs of use. 

All interior trim items, headlining, door cards, and carpeting have clearly been rather well cared for over the years, reflecting far fewer signs of wear than you would perhaps expect with a higher mileage vehicle. The only known faults within the interior, are an intermittent sunroof, and an issue with the fuel gauge, as mentioned later in the “mechanics” section. 

Otherwise, the cabin of this Saab is certainly a rather pleasant environment, living up to the 9000’s intentions of competing with executive saloons of the time. Although a few signs of wear can indeed be found on seats, and items like the steering wheel, it is very difficult to fault the interior, especially given the mileage. 

The Exterior

  • Refurbished wheels
  • Resprayed exterior
  • Excellent condition
  • Carlsson body kit & rear spoiler

This Saab 9000 wears its recently applied red paintwork beautifully, showing off the unique Carlsson body kit and rear spoiler. As the vehicle has covered rather few miles since its respray, buyers can expect minimal signs of use, with seemingly no noticeable major marks to note. 

In addition to fresh paintwork, this sporty saloon also sports a recently refurbished set of the ever-so-desirable diamond cut, two-tone Carlsson 3-spoke wheels. The wheels look superb of course and are wrapped in a welcome set of Toyo Proxes with plenty of tread for the new owner to enjoy. 

Although the exterior has been somewhat “de-badged”, all remaining trim pieces, lights, and body kit components are also in excellent condition. As shown in the included images, the original badging is indeed included with the vehicle, should the new keeper wish to re-install them. 

Overall, it is definitely tough to find fault with this gorgeous Saab, for it is a vehicle that will no doubt fill the lucky new owner with pride upon each glance. 

The Mechanics

  • 2.3L Turbo
  • Manual gearbox
  • Drives brilliantly
  • Regularly serviced
  • Poly bushed

Buyers will be pleased to know that the vehicle fires up right away, and performs brilliantly. Despite the mileage shown, the car happily pulls throughout the rev range, delivering bucket loads of torque and characterful turbo noises as you power along. 

The current owner has highlighted that both the fuel gauge and electronic sunroof aren’t working as fully intended, but the trip computer still shows the remaining estimated mileage, so you’re never left guessing. Otherwise, the car performs perfectly with no other known faults and has been well cared for over the years. 


This Saab presents buyers with an incredibly rare opportunity to own a superb example of the elusive and desirable 9000 Carlsson. The vehicle drives brilliantly, looks spectacular, and provides a very comfortable, yet rewarding experience. This is undoubtedly one of the finer examples of the Saab 9000 Carlsson available today. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1991
  • Make Saab
  • Model 9000 2.3 Carlsson
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 143,656 Miles
  • Engine size 2290
  • Town Huddersfield
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
43 bids
  • jason.w•••• £9,900 09/08/22
  • glenn-a•••• £9,800 09/08/22
  • jason.w•••• £9,700 09/08/22
  • glenn-a•••• £9,600 09/08/22
  • jason.w•••• £9,500 09/08/22
  • glenn-a•••• £9,300 09/08/22
  • jason.w•••• £9,200 09/08/22
  • glenn-a•••• £8,900 09/08/22
  • jason.w•••• £8,800 09/08/22
  • glenn-a•••• £8,600 09/08/22

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