Fantasy Friday – Saab Shopping in Sweden

One of the really fun parts of my time living in Sweden was car shopping. I love car shopping under any circumstances, but the ultimate car shopping experience is being in your favoured marque’s country of origin and having access to a bunch of cars that are very rare in your home country.

I ended up buying a car that wasn’t rare at home – a classic Saab 900 – but I spent hours checking out Blocket.se and fantasising about what I could get if price wasn’t a constraint and I felt confident that I’d be in-country for a long time. Sadly, neither of those two factors were working in my favour back in 2011.

So let’s window shop a little. If I were to import a Saab into Australia in the future, my first choice remains a Saab Sonett III, imported from the US. But there are plenty of other Saabs that are rare here and are relatively rare in other countries, too. Fortunately there are still a good number of them in Sweden and Blocket.se is one of the best sources for finding them.

Here’s a selection….. click any of the pictures to enlarge.

Saab 92B

Why not start at/near the beginning. The Saab 92 was the first Saab model ever produced and the 92B was the refreshed version of this initial car. This is a 1954 model, so it’s 60 years old this year. Refreshed paint and brightwork and if the engine’s as good as the day it was first installed, it’ll be pushing out a whopping 39hp!!

The car is for sale in Ängelholm so you might just spot a Koenigsegg being tested when you go to pick it up. The asking price is 135,000SEK.

Here’s the link: Saab 92B (blue) for sale.

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Saab 92B

If you like your old Saab to be a bit more of project, this might be the car for you. It’s said to have all it’s original paint. My guess is it’s mostly original. That glossier section behind the door looks a bit suspicious to me. But aside from a couple of small dents on the other side, it looks like a straight car.

The seller says some interior work needs doing and I’m sure there will be some mechanicals to attend to, but this looks like a (mostly) original starting point for someone. It’s a 1956 model.

The car is for sale in Umeå, in northern Sweden. If it’s been there all its life then that would explain the well preserved, original patina. The price is 43,000SEK.

Here’s the ad: Saab 92B (grey) for sale.

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Saab 96 2-stroke racer

This would be good, I think. Very, very good.

I’m not so hot on the big padded roll bar inside, or the non-standard seats. Concessions to modern safety, I suppose. The car looks outstanding and is said to be fully race-ready with both engine and gearbox rebuilt in Trollhattan.

The seller is asking 125,000SEK and the car is for sale in Linköping.

Here’s the ad: Saab 96 2-stroke racer.

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Saab 96 2-stroke

This car is the standard version of the one above. It looks to be completely standard. Just an early Saab 96 from 1960. Both the exterior and interior look clean, which makes me wonder why it’s advertised at such an affordable 25,000SEK.

The car is for sale at a second-hand dealer in Malmö. He had similar cars for sale back in 2011. At similar prices, too. I never got down south to look at them, unfortunately.

Here’s the ad: Saab 96 2-stroke for sale.

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Saab 95 Castrol

The Saab 95 is desirable to many as it’s much rarer than the classic Saab 96. And how many cars come with just 2-doors but seven seaters? And how many wagons nearly took a podium finish at Monte Carlo?

This looks to be a recent renovation with a reconditioned engine and straight cut gears installed. The minilites and driving lights looks quite good but if I’m reading the translation correctly, this car hasn’t been through an inspection since its restoration. Tread carefully!

The car is for sale in Lund. No price is mentioned but the owner is open to offers.

Here’s the ad: Saab 95 in Castrol colours for sale.

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Saab 95

This 1978 Saab 95, also painted in green, seems to be a much safer bet according to the information in the ad. This car is also restored but in much more standard configuration. The engine is said to run like clockwork and the car passed it’s most recent inspection without comment.

It’s got a new exhaust, new brakes, new tyres and reconditioned soccerball rims. Nice. The asking price is a reasonable 59,000SEK and the car is located in Danderyd, just north of Stockholm.

Here’s the ad: Saab 95 for sale.

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Saab 99 Turbo racer

I haven’t seen this colour scheme on a Saab racing team, but you don’t need the text from the ad to tell you the blue-and-white treatment on the car is in honour of Saab’s Finnish racing efforts.

The car is said to be race-ready to Group A standard and has raced successfully since being built. It certainly looks like it’s been used in anger, but a lack of pristine presentation is not a drawback with a car like this. The engine has a healthy 217hp and is recently reconditioned. Porsche brakes are a standard conversion.

The seller is asking 165,000SEK and the car is located in Sigtuna, between Stockholm and Uppsala.

Here’s the ad: Saab 99 Turbo Grp A racer.

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Saab 900 Turbo

This is a personal indulgence because I love Acacia Green Saabs and I also love the early Saab 900. Later 900’s got a little conservative compared to the early cars, which still had plenty of 70’s Swedish funkiness. Note the green interior with the clip-down seat belt clasps, straight out of the 99 Turbo.

This car is said to be completely original and unrestored. It’s been off the road since 2005 and hasn’t seen a winter since the late-1980’s.

The car is listed at 85,000SEK but it sounds like the seller expects the price to go higher, saying that he’ll sell to the highest bidder.

The car is located in Habo, on the shores of Lake Vattern. Here’s the ad: Saab 900 Turbo for sale.

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Saab 96 Monte Carlo

OK, I’ve got to cover another 96. I simply can’t resist and I hope you won’t be able to, either.

This is a 1966 Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850. It’s quite possibly the prettiest Saab ever and would be one of the most fun to drive, too. There’s not much detail on this car but if it’s a good one, the 150,000SEK price would be justified.

Here’s the ad: Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850 for sale.

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Saab 90

All the cars listed above are pre-1980. I had to expand my search to find some Saab 90’s.

To the unfamiliar, the Saab 90 was a local model that was basically a Saab 99 with a Saab 900 ‘notchback’ rear end. The interior is Saab 99, as well. This is a faily basic car but if you’re a non-Swede, it’s a definite curiosity.

I saw plenty of these on the road in Sweden and there are quite a few for sale, too. The good thing is the price. This one’s the most expensive for sale on Blocket right now and it’s on 16,000SEK.

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So there you have it, some of my personal favourites from Blocket.se right now.

Check out your local import costs and go for your life!!!

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15 Comments

  1. The light blue 96 in the ad from Malmö is a 1965 model.
    I have long had a keen eye on the 1965-66 models, the “long-nosed” two-strokers, since my first car was a 1966 Saab 95. And wanting to re-experience ones first car is not that unusal, it seems. 😉

  2. The restored 92B does it for me though the Castrol 95 looks pretty cool.

    I’d take any of them really if I had a garage rather than the uncovered salt-fest that is my front yard.

  3. Of course, you know my answer before I even write it, but I must say that the Castrol 95 would be a temptation. With straight-cut gears it would be a whiny thing to drive, but you’re not going to use it as a daily driver, are you?

    The 900, of course, would be my choice. Love the green color, love the Incas, love the condition.

    Not having ever seen a 90, I was somewhat surprised to learn that the Saab 90 truly was intended as a ‘basic’ car, and apparently was never available with luxury items like electric windows, tinted glass, etc. I recall a Swedish commenter, perhaps on Trollhatten Saab, saying that it was an, “old man’s car”. Any history would be appreciated.

    1. Many Saab 90 was bought by older drivers who felt that the 900 was too expensive, too big or too fancy. Drivers who perhaps started with a 92 and graduated to 99 in the early 70’s and didn’t want to leave the familiar interior. Who knows.
      I, myself, think the 90 is slightly ugly. The rounded old 99 front doesn’t really mix with the more modern “squarish” 900 sedan rear end.

      1. Thanks for the insight. I feel the same way about the 90 — the two halves aren’t exactly integrated, are they? I’ve often wondered why it even existed. Why not a low-end 900 or continue the 99? Putting the two together seems an odd solution.

        1. I had heard that Saab did this as they were running out of certain parts for the 99 and this was a cheaper way to keep it in production. I lived in Helsinki for two years, and saw 100s of these. I think they look better in person than in pics. They are quite small in proportion when seen in real life. The only extras these came with from what I understand is metallic paint, sun roofs and a funky “Eco” dial on the top of the dash similar to the true dial from the 99 which showed whether you were driving in the economic band of the 99. Not on the top of my wish list, but if I had a hanger to keep them and a bucket load of cash to spend on my hobby, this would be in the collection. Actually, these are starting to become more rare now and in my view, are a candidate for being an appreciating classic as a curiosity and due to their increasing rarity.

  4. I found this post very interesting as I regularly cruise Blocket and flagged several of the above cars in my mind as being interesting possibilities……especially if I were living in Sweden. That said, it is not too difficult to import from Sweden to Hungary where I live……

    The green 900 was of special interest to me. I forwarded the link a couple of weeks ago via email to one of my Saab loving buddies, with the description that this was “from the period when Saab was more ABBA than board room”. I have a 1978 99 Turbo as you know and I am in love with the thoughtful 70s details.

    For some reason, when it comes to the 94 and 96, I am most infatuated with the last series with the big bumpers and 99 interior….it is fascinating how Saab kept the same basic 1950s shape but tacked on the 1970s onto it. They just did not seem to care what the rest of the world was doing, and it worked. I will have mine in a garish 1970s color with soccer ball wheels, spoilers and Saab decals along the bottom of the sides please!

    Thanks for the fun post!

    Ed

  5. That 90 sure is interesting, bit of a bitsa. We had the 900i two door sedan with the back end as the 90. I remember in the early 80’s – Kingsway Motors in Sandy Bay had manual 900i 2 door cars at $19990 drive away.

    1. I have a mate in England with a 99 in similar condition (just judging by the pictures) and it’s amazing how well his car drives for a car of that age. The first time we met was in 2007, in THN, and he drove the car there and home again for the Saab Festival.