I agree that not every SAAB fan might want to DIY, but I think at minimum they put some time into learning how they can make their cars better, even if they will eventually leave the job(s) to a shop. Further, I think the consensus, especially among diehard fans, is that any C900 will need some work nowadays. Therefore, pursuing a "mint" example like this one is likely out of the typical SAAB fan's mind - most solid examples would probably satisfy their needs. However, this may just be the need to acquiesce, rather than personal choice, as near-perfect unrestored examples are basically unobtainable. Then again, those past $20k-ish examples have been about as good as it gets with C900s, and to most people here, I would argue, it's still fairly reasonable to pay something like that for an outstanding C900. This SPG sold for more than twice as much, which is what makes me think that it went to an "outsider" collector. As you noted, after $30k, engagement was limited. I would love to be proven wrong, though.There have always been Saab drivers who love their cars but don't work on them - whether it's ability, time, or space there's plenty of reasons why someone wouldn't want to tackle building up a really nice c900. And of course some people want a super-original car more than nice restoration - that's a very popular factor in modern car collections. There's limited options there... it might have driven up the value of this car.
It's all about the prep.Arright... I gotta make it a point to find a new paint guy next week.