Saab 96 V4 Super auctioned for a record price!

He only has 7 kilometers on the speedometer. A barn find, but atypical. After all, who buys a Saab 96 V4 Super and then just puts it away? It goes without saying that the Saab, after 40 years in a Swedish barn, was no longer in the condition in which it was loaded onto the car transporter in the Stallbacka. You just have to have a Saab like that.

Saab 96 V4 Super auctioned for a record price
Saab 96 V4 Super auctioned for a record price

Saab 96 V4 Super at a record price

The list of holders reads a bit macabre. In Sweden, when vehicles roll off the assembly line, they are given a license plate and are therefore allowed to drive on the road. One exception, of course, are vehicles for export. The Saab 96 V4 had Saab-Valmet as its first entry, making the Saab Finn. Second, the executor of the will and finally the testator.

Even the delivery note is still hanging on the side window 42 years later, the interior is untouched. This does not apply to the body, which suffered from the local climatic conditions. The Saab is a new car, and at the same time a case for a careful restoration.

The Auction was accompanied by incredible media interest in Sweden. The record price was in the air, a Saab 96 with only 7 kilometers, such a barn find is not common even there. The estimated price of the equivalent of €24.400 was reached quickly and effortlessly. In the end, after a final bidding war, the hammer fell at 500.000 kroner (approx. €47.470) plus auction house fees.

A record price for the Saab!

Saab 9-3 2.0t Polar
Saab 9-3 2.0t Polar

Saab 9-3 2.0t Polar Edition

While it was almost clear that the Saab 96 V4 Super would achieve a special result, it was more difficult for the second Saab in the auction. However, the history of the Saab 9-3 2.0t Polar Edition (2002) is similarly skewed. A Saab that only 3.881 km has on the clock, but is anything but a new car.

While the 96 V4 spent 4 decades protected from the sun in said barn, the 9-3 was at best under lanterns. Visibly aged, the paint has faded, but at least the checkbook has been serviced. The Saab was only put away around 2013 and has now been rediscovered.

In this case, what counts is the odometer reading, even if the restoration will be extensive. In addition, there is the hunt for new and spare parts, which is not exactly easy for the 9-3 OG, after the Swedish supplier had disposed of a lot in the container in the past.

The cautiously set minimum price of the equivalent of €3.100,00 was quickly exceeded. It was not enough for a restoration base with this special background. The Saab was auctioned for 71.000 crowns (approx. €6740,00).

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4 thoughts on "Saab 96 V4 Super auctioned for a record price!"

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    ... you can indeed speak of a "record price"! I would not have expected this price, almost three times its original value at the time; ie it must be of value to collectors, despite it being the last production run.

    Do you know what will become of it, e.g. collection for which museum or private use? Surely it needs to be restored, as shown in the last pictures, to be fair to its new value!

    Congratulations to the new owner.

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      must not be forgotten. Recently Astrid Lindgren was a topic on 3Sat. I checked out a few movies that day. Since 5 Øre were often still a topic and at least for children also a wealth. Even the lighthouse didn't have electricity...

      In the houses light was made with kerosene and cooking with wood. The lighthouse had two gas cylinders and two more next to it in reserve. But the films were all already in color 😉

      I think this 96 V4 was more expensive in its day than it is today. It's such a dilemma of our time that cars are far too cheap and have degenerated into disposable items. There are copies with a fresh general inspection from €2.000. Who is still having older cars welded, repainted or an engine overhauled or a gearbox repaired?

      And then the (economic) political scrapping and exchange premiums on top and supposedly in the name of the environment, which make repair and maintenance completely absurd. The market is regulated. Be it in the name of the environment or a consumer society?

      Well, enough nagging...

      I think it's cool when an old Saab from a barn is still valued so much today or again.

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    So around €50.000 with premium. Madness for an ugly little green car (just said a colleague).

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    Am very happy that this 96 V4 would be auctioned so well. Hope the new owner will have a lot of fun with this beautiful Saab.

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