The recent Saab past is full of unique pieces and unanswered questions. There they are Hatchback prototype of the Saab 9-5 NG, which were unfortunately scrapped. The 9 5 with the V6 power diesel; the 9-5 pre-series sports combinations that landed at the recycler; the many variants of the 9-5 NG sedan.
Saab 9-5 Turbo6 XWD, according to price list only with automatic to have, there was also manual circuit. Why? Not clear. Another, mysterious Saab is standing on a junkyard near Trollhättan waiting for his dismantling. I was attentive to the 9-5, when going through the terrain, by its unusual paint ...
The only 9-5 NG in green metallic?
The color, a rich dark green metallic, never existed in series. It is this classic Saab color that many Saab 9000 and early Saab 9-5 wore in the first series. Maybe it's not quite trendy, but it's a timeless color that makes cars look respectable and noble. The sedan is doing really well, and in conjunction with the bright interior like the Saab. Why is there only this one car in the paint shop, but no other vehicles in this color? An option for later model years? That too is a mystery.
V6 - front-wheel drive. A single piece.
What at first glance looks like a normal Saab 9-5 NG sedan on a junkyard is, if we look closely, in reality an 3 single item. The Saab 9-5 Turbo6 is ... yes what? A V6 without XWD. 300 turbo PS we know only with four-wheel drive, this has front-wheel drive. There was no official, would only make sense, if the Turbo6 XWD would be considered too heavy and thirsty. He is also, if we are honest. A few kilograms less would have done him good. What was Saab planning with the V6 FWD? An addition to the offer? We do not know it.
The first Saab 9-5 NG?
The Turbo6 sedan in linear equipment - with rear spoiler ex factory and front-wheel drive - is really unique, but only by the fact that here is the first Saab 9-5 Linear of the second series, which has been produced in Trollhättan. The VIN 00001 tells the truth, does not allow for interpretation. Actually !
Because, and that makes the story more confusing, there is the Saab 9-5 NG number 1 at least a second time. The double but official Lottchen with the VIN 00001 is in the Bil Museum. An 9 5 NG Aero V6 Aero with XWD, Gray, US Specification. The explanation for this: The VIN number 1 plays in this case with the equipment code. There is a Linear, possibly a Vector, an Aero with the number 00001.
The fact is, the museum does not have to worry about the exclusivity of its exhibit. Our number 1 from the junkyard, the V6 with front wheel drive, is still relatively complete, the condition good. But his destiny seems inevitable, he is being cut down. Unless a collector has courage, money and luck and can buy the Saab. But it does not look like that afterwards.
Strangers, without very good local relations, have little chance of doing such stories in Sweden anyway. Maybe there is a Swedish Saab fan who reads the blog and knows the junkyard near Trollhättan. The Turbo6 is a collector's item, nothing for everyday use, nothing for approval. And also not serviceable, since the software at Orio does not know this configuration and its components.
If there was a rescue operation, I would be happy! Unique pieces that are part of the Saab story should not end up in the junkyard!
Addendum: There was 4 Saab 9-5 NG in this livery, the featured Saab is the last survivor. The 9-5 V6 FWD was not mounted on the regular tape but "by hand" in Trollhättan.