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.
Series production of the Saab 92 started on December 12, 1949. Number 92.004 with official registration P15913 is a pre-series model. It is part of a fleet of 20 test vehicles that were manufactured up to 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.
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. 92.001 is in the museum today. The original Saab, 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.