Two numbers to remember this week. The 3 and the 14. Today it is about the 3, the 14 will follow in the next few days. A Saab 9-5 NG with the VIN YS3GN4AL7A9000003 is auctioned in Sweden. This VIN is extremely low. The 9-5 NG is one of the first vehicles in its series.
This vehicle should actually no longer exist.
The file situation is clear. This Saab doesn't exist anymore, it was registered as scrapped. Just like the Saab 9-5 NG sports suit with the number 36, which was also noted as disposed of. However, the efforts of the lawyers who processed the Saab estate to dispose of them were not always successful. Vehicles were often reported as scrapped, but then secretly put away. In the best case, they would be waiting in a hall, in the worse case they would be monetized as parts carriers.
To end the practice, the lawyers ordered the vehicles to be divided into four. Once across and once lengthways through the entire vehicle. Four parts no longer become a complete car. The Swedish junkyard operators had to commit to this in writing, but at this point a number of vehicles had slipped through the network.
No longer eligible for approval in Sweden.
The VIN is blocked, there is no COC. The pre-series Saab can no longer be registered in Sweden. He is a maximum candidate for a collection or a museum. That in Trollhättan turns out as an interested party. Because there is the first 9-5 NG in series production. The VIN number 00001, which was built in Trollhättan.
65.318 kilometers are on the speedometer of the pre-series vehicle that was on the road as a test car. A diesel with an automatic transmission and reasonably good equipment. No aero, no gasoline and certainly no full equipment. The vehicle bears visible signs of wear that match the mileage and its history.
Visually it could be a vector equipment, with electric leather seats but without xenon headlights or a large infotainment.
Perhaps the oldest existing 9-5 NG.
Years ago I was hunting for a 9-5 NG from the pre-series. He was wearing one Test painting, and the VIN 157. It was the color that made him attractive to me. Ideal for collecting and storing. No matter what I offered for it, I didn't get it, the Swedes preferred to chase it through the scrap press.
But where is the appeal of a vehicle that is equipped on average and is not particularly attractive motorized? The Saab Museum is number 1 in the series, but not the oldest 9-5 NG. These were the pre-series vehicles that were on the road for testing and testing purposes.
The pre-series vehicle with VIN ... 9000001, presumably the first 9-5 NG at all, was scrapped years ago. The one now on the Auction offered sedan could therefore be the oldest existing Saab 9-5 NG at all.
Images: PS Auction (7/7)