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 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.
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 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).
With images from Netauction.se