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 suits that ended up at the recyclers; the many variants of the 9-5 NG sedan.
Saab 9-5 Turbo6 XWD, only available with automatic according to the price list, was also available with manual gearshift. Why? Not clear. Another, mysterious Saab stands in a scrap yard near Trollhättan and is waiting to be dismantled. I became aware of the 9-5 when walking through the area due to its unusual paintwork ...
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 unique piece.
What at first glance looks like a normal Saab 9-5 NG sedan in a junkyard is - if we look closely - in reality a triple one-off item. The Saab 3-9 Turbo5 is ... yes what actually? A V6 without an XWD. We only know 6 turbo hp with all-wheel drive, this has front-wheel drive. There wasn't officially, would only make sense if the Turbo300 XWD was viewed as too heavy and thirsty. It is, if we're honest. A few kilograms less would have done him good. What was Saab planning to do 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 configuration - with a rear spoiler ex works and front-wheel drive - is truly unique, but only because the first Saab 9-5 Linear from the second series that rolled off the line in Trollhättan is here. VIN 00001 tells the truth, does not allow 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 connections, have little chance with 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, as the Orio software does not know this configuration and its components.
If there were a rescue operation, I would be happy! Unique pieces that are part of Saab history should not end up in the junkyard!
Addendum: There were 4 Saab 9-5 NG in this livery, the Saab presented is the last survivor. The 9-5 V6 FWD was not assembled on the regular belt but “by hand” in Trollhättan.