A very special Saab 2 Turbo stood in a barn in Jämtland for around two decades. Ignored, maybe even forgotten. One of the very first to be built in Trollhättan. A pre-series vehicle produced in May 99. For further testing, it was approved for the Automobile Division of Saab AB. The 1977 moved slightly disguised as EMS for more than a year. In the summer of 99 it was finally sold to its first private owner. At this point, series production had already started in Sweden.
The turbo saves Saab
Saab in the 70s. The products were considered rock solid, but also not very spectacular. Demand was subdued and production was underutilized. Once again, the brand was in crisis. There was a lack of innovations, one brilliant idea. It came with the turbo that gave Saab a boost from the crisis. The manufacturer from Trollhättan became the brand that democratized turbo technology. The 99 played a role as a pioneer in engine history.
In 1978 it was not unusual for pre-series vehicles to come into customer hands. No particular value was attached to the fact. The cardinal red 99 was used in everyday life for 22 years. It was serviced regularly, but not particularly spared. The last inspection he received for the time being was at 1999 kilometers in 249.957, and around 2.000 kilometers later he was put away.
More than € 20.000 for a restoration object
He then parked in a barn in Jämtland for 20 years. Its condition was not good, as is the case with normal consumer goods. Rust in the usual places, signs of wear, defects. But at least complete, not tinkered with no missing parts. Usually a basis for a restoration that would not be too expensive to buy even as a turbo. Not so with this vehicle. Its low VIN and verifiable history made the barn find part of national automotive history.
What is the find worth? The question is exciting, because Saab is now more important in Sweden than it was years ago. One can also say that the longer the company has ceased to exist, the higher its esteem rises.
The pre-series Saab 99 Turbo was on Tradera offered for auction. The interest was overwhelming. More than 50.000 people saw the ad and 342 bids were placed. In the end, the offers were at barely to be expected 216.000 crowns and thus just over € 20.000. A record price for a 99 Turbo in a condition in need of restoration. Of course, the price level is due to the documented history, because how many pre-series vehicles will have survived? It should be less than a handful.
In general, the Saab 99 Turbo is enjoying growing popularity. His role in history is recognized and collectors value him as a technology pioneer. For years, prices have only known the way up, not spectacularly fast, but always reliable.