Saab 92.004 - automotive history is sold

What an incredible story! One of the oldest Saab vehicles still in existence is sold. It's a Saab 92 Standard with chassis number 92.004. A rare vehicle from the pilot series, made by hand. It was registered for traffic on July 2, 1948 and is the oldest privately owned Saab that is still street legal.

Perhaps the oldest privately owned Saab
Perhaps the oldest privately owned Saab

Series production of the Saab 92 started on December 12, 1949. Number 92.004 with the official registration P15913 is a pre-series model. It is part of a fleet of 20 (or 24) test vehicles that were manufactured through December 1949. Originally it was built as a standard model, the specialist literature shows a picture of the car in this configuration.

Saab 92 Standard - an automobile rarity

Of 20 test cars, 18 were produced in the deluxe version, but only 2 in the standard version. A fact that underpins the uniqueness of this witness. Standard, that primarily meant doing without. Extremely spartan equipped, the standard versions should attract interested parties with a low entry price.

Old picture of the Saab 92.004 in standard version
Historical picture of the Saab 92.004 in standard version

The list of waivers is long. Today it sounds absurd. There was only one windshield wiper instead of 2, no bumper, no sun visor and no ashtray. In addition, the standard customer should do without straps, inside door handles, the water temperature display and other things. The external feature of the affordable entry-level version was the color of the body. It was supposed to be blue, while all luxury versions were painted green.

The bill did not work

With the idea of ​​the entry-level version, the Saab managers met with muted applause from the sales organization. From the outset, the focus was on better equipped models and thus prevailed. In the end, only deluxe versions of the Saab 92 were made in the first year of production. Number 92.004 was also converted and repainted and got the equipment of the better variant.

In the 50s the body was converted to a 92B model and the 92 was given an externally accessible trunk. Previously, you had to laboriously load your luggage through the interior. However, the technology was not touched. It stayed as it was from the beginning. A lively 25 2-stroke hp had to be enough, the 92B model had 3 hp more available. The 1952 stayed with Saab until 92. Then it was sold and has had 5 owners since then.

A piece of Swedish automobile history

The first vehicles that were built before series production had chassis numbers 92.001 to 92.024. The original Saab, which was built before the pre-production vehicles, is now in the museum. It is the only early prototype in the collection. 92.004 could be the second oldest Saab in the world. The Swedish National Archives confirm his identity.

Bilweb, the auction house selling Saab 92.004 in September auction the price expectation is the equivalent of € 24.000 to € 29.000. The Saab is a piece of Swedish history. A little gem, a kind of holy grail. What is it really worth? The assessment is difficult. It is difficult to evaluate the conversions, even if they were carried out by the factory itself.

The auction will definitely be exciting.

10 thoughts on "Saab 92.004 - automotive history is sold"

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    Thank you troll 90,

    you can really find a lot on the net. Saabs were among the participants. That with 1950 - as mentioned here by Georg Fluvius - was apparently relaxed at some point. You can also see a lot of “younger” vehicles.

    So you do not necessarily need the 92.004 to gain access using a Saab. And not necessarily a PV 444 or even older Volvos to take part with a Gothenburg.

    The event is refreshingly open and diversified. Until 1970, if I understand correctly?

    I have to go there!

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    Hi all,

    I can't believe that, given so many Saab experts, the Prins Bertil Memorial shouldn't be so well known.
    It's really a fixture on the events calendar in Stockholm. I was there for the first time in 1994 and last time in 2018. Just google gä or youtube.
    Regarding your requests for photos etc .: I am, I think, far removed from the literary abilities of some colleagues here. In addition, I used to capture everything with an SLR. The last few times I hardly took any photos, just enjoyed the really nice atmosphere.
    By the way: The king usually sends two cars with a driver to the meeting.

    Greetings from Munich

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    Georg F - troll 90 - Volvaab

    Yes, what a very interesting first-hand report from Georg with many interesting details about the (green! :-), the other perception is probably due to the photos / my digital device) 92.004 (how beautifully simple and transparent is this VIN) . Thank you for this touching story!

    And then also these interesting background and personal reports on the exclusive, royal classic car meeting with a strong Saab reference. Great!

    Volvaab is quite right: A report of this meeting with photos, maybe from 2019 (? :-)), would be wonderful!

    All that remains for me is the - unfortunately still unanswered - question of how to get out of the charming Standard 92 without inside door handles…. hmmm ... But, if I understand Tom's report correctly, there were probably only two standard 92s of the pre-series, one of which is the 92.004 converted to deluxe, and all subsequent series models, at least from the first year of production, were also deluxe. All that remains is a standard model, which is probably lost somewhere together with its driver, who unfortunately did not get out. Maybe in an old Swedish barn ...

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    A great and exciting story!

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    @ troll 90,

    it's getting better and better here. Thank you for this enlightening comment on the regally and festively well-liked Saab 92.0004 ...

    Fascinating that members of the German community are so close.

    Are there any photos from the exclusive event?
    Can you even hope for a reader contribution?
    That would be great.

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    The Prins Bertil Memorial takes place every year at the end of May in honor of the uncle of today's King Carl Gustav, Bertil of Sweden, on Djurgarden. Prince Bertil was also an avowed Saab driver and a very popular man in the population. I have already been able to take part several times in my Swedish friend's Volvo PV 444, which he has been driving since 1951. Always a great pleasure!

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    @ Georg Fluvius,

    a royal and extraordinary story.
    Article + comment = double Saab pleasure ...

    Thanks a lot for this

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    @Ebasli: It's really green

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    Hey, that's funny to read something about 20 again after 92.004 years. The car was advertised on about 20 years ago and was on the Internet for a long time. The price back then (from memory) between 15 and 20.000 (well, still DM or already €?). I was in Sweden at the time and drove the car and I can say that it drove really well. Overall, an honest car. Even a ridiculous 20 years shouldn't have changed that. According to the information provided by the owner at the time, only 24, 92.001 and 92.004 of the 92.009 pre-production vehicles appear to be admitted. He was able to say this so confidently because there is / was an annual classic car meeting in Sweden, to which the royal family invites / invited and which only vehicles built before 1950 can participate and are from the SAAB world only 92.004 and 92.009 have been invited.
    In the course of my interest in 92.004, I had also contacted the Swedish SAABclub at the time, which confirmed the authenticity of the car. The car had obviously been used for the further development of the body, which is why the aforementioned modifications were made and it was nicknamed "the mule". On the Swedish side, the interest in the vehicle seemed rather restrained, which probably had to do with the fact that one cannot actually define an original condition for this vehicle. Is the original as it was produced, i.e. a 92A, or as it was last rebuilt in the factory? Difficult question. What is certain - and Tom had already written that - it is the second oldest SAAB worldwide, the fourth ever built and the oldest in private hands. That's something !!
    Oh, in case someone wonders why I didn't buy this good piece in the end. Very easily. No, it was not the most common reason, the woman, but a moderate but relevant pecuniary discrepancy between desire and reality.

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    Thanks for this nice report!

    Of course, these (very) old Saab classic cars have nothing of what Saab stands for for me and what makes Saab special (turbo, engine power, convertible, hatchback, safety, design, functional operation, great equipment, ignition lock in the center console, etc. .). But a look at a still "living" fossil under the magnifying glass or the great, great, great, great grandfather is of course always interesting. The car is 72 years old! And still ready to drive and registered - madness!

    I think the color is pretty. Should that be green? But probably more turquoise! It is also interesting that all cars were initially green in order to use up the camouflage paint stocks after the war. Did the Swedes camouflage themselves in turquoise?

    And the standard equipment without inside door handles ?? How should you get out of the car again? Even with such a cute vehicle, from time to time you may want to leave it. Then crank the window down and open it from the outside ?? Also an interesting approach in terms of security! 😉

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