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  • For sale: 1972 Saab 95 wagon from the GM Heritage Collection

    This Saab 95 was part of the GM Heritage Collection for about 3 years. It has 85,158 miles on the odometer but it seems to be in excellent condition. The auction on eBay has a Buy-it-Now price of US$20,197 and the bidding is currently up to $16,555 with 4 days left in the auction. The reserve has not been met yet. Not only does the condition make this a great car for the Saab enthusiast but the history is very interesting as well.

    Latest auction link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=170633730286







    • The final car to be sold that came out of the former GM Heritage SAAB Collection
    • Sold new on European Delivery & lived in Southern California 1972-2004
    • The most perfect original example known to exist - paint, interior, mechanicals
    • Invited to the GM Heritage Display at the upcoming Import Carlisle this May!

    Offered for your consideration is this exceptional 1972 SAAB 95 V4. Its original owners picked it up at the factory in the summer of 1972 and toured around Sweden (stopping at Goteborg and Kungalf along the way, stickers still in the back windows) before returning to the metropolitan San Diego area. The car remained with them until they were no longer able to drive. It was then purchased by a client of mine in New Hampshire who kept it a year, then from him by yet another client, a top-tier collector of exceptional automobiles in New Jersey, who kept it for 2-3 years. At my instigation, we then sold the car into the GM Heritage Collection in late 2007 to fill a gap in their 30-car SAAB display. On the breakup of the collection in 2010, I purchased the car back out of the collection.



    The car wears most, if not all of its original Ambragul (Amber Yellow) finish applied in Trollhättan in May of 1972. If the car was ever comprehensively refinished, there are no indications of it in the doorjambs, where an original sticker remains from when the car was new. There are no tape marks and the finish is clearly a heavy lacquer just like that applied at the factory. I can find no indications of blending. I have comprehensively restored a similar 95 in the past and have been a parts and service vendor to the vintage SAAB community for over a decade, so I'm not just speculating wildly. There is a very small rock 'star' in the upper left windshield, barely visible from outside, it is more obvious from inside. My glass guy says that it's been filled and will not spread, so since this is the original windshield, I've opted to leave well enough alone.



    The car is naturally without any indication of corrosion, past or present. It wears its original undercoating that is not all over the trailing or control arms, et.c. indicating it was ever redone or applied over existing underseal. The car's chrome and brightwork is nearly flawless throughout with only minor indications of age. To the best of my knowledge, none of this has ever been redone. Additionally, the car wears the roof rack that the original owners fitted to the car either from the factory or on their return from Europe; I imagine they made use of it in their early travels.



    Who am I/why am I selling? I'm Chip Lamb, owner of West of Sweden SAAB. I've been one of the only parts vendors for these cars for more than a decade. I arranged the sale of this car into GM Heritage and bought it myself as the agent of their SAAB collection liquidation since I could not sell it directly out of the Collection. I'm glad I didn't, since the car had some needs I didn't know about and was able to address them for its next owner. Given what I paid for this car plus transport costs and all the work put in, it will be the only car out of the Collection that I lose money on - ah, well...



    We had some paperwork problems with many of the Heritage cars. Upon purchase/brokerage of these cars out of Michigan last year, all were promised to me with clean and clear titles, unlike the ones that sold through Barrett-Jackson with scrap titles. This car might have presented a major problem had I not known its previous owner. Early this year, I finally got GM to agree to allow him to apply for a duplicate to the title he had since they never titled the car. We have this now, ready for transfer. It took 9 months to make this a reality - the pace of bureaucracy!



    I've got some other projects I'd like to get into; sometimes it's more fun bringing something up to speed and then letting someone else enjoy the result. This is such a case. This is a very enjoyable car that has and will continue to win award after award at SAAB gatherings and other unusual car shows. It has been a class winner on more than one occasion and has not been shown since all the work was done under the hood. Its history is known as is its chain of ownership, something else that is very rare with vintage SAABs. It runs and drives very well and will not disappoint any new owner. Best of all, it has never been comprehensively restored and is about as good an original car as one could ever hope to find among SAABs made prior to the 900 series.







    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Saabhat93's Avatar
      Saabhat93 -
      Oh, my.. That is quite a pretty car. Anyone got 20 grand to spare?
    1. tucksayre's Avatar
      tucksayre -
      Pretty... Hopefully it'll find a great home!
    1. wulf's Avatar
      wulf -
      Highest bid was $16,655.55. It looks like this car has a new owner.
    1. Burnsside42's Avatar
      Burnsside42 -
      Damn - nice classic, wish my 95 was that spot on and clean! Mine is a better color however
    1. wulf's Avatar
      wulf -
      Second chance if you missed out on the first auction..

      Saab : 95 V4 | eBay

      I want to make this very clear up front - the high bidder last Saturday is an individual who lives north of the US border who thought that I would falsify a bill of sale to lower his customs duties and provide him with temporary registration so that he could drive the car home. When it became clear that there was no legal way to do the latter (and I tried to make it happen for him, despite him asking me to break the law regarding the former point) he became rude and combative. I asked him to go away and am offering the car for sale again rather than put up with any more of his nonsense. This is the sole reason the car is now re-listed. If you have any questions about exporting the car, please find out the complications involved before placing any bids on the car... and please, be nice to me, as I'm trying very hard to find this car a new and loving home.
    1. wulf's Avatar
      wulf -
      Third chance. Apparently, a Saab like this is not easy to sell. Bidding now starts at $14,995 and it doesn't look like there is a reserve.

      Saab : 95 V4 | eBay

      We're giving this one more shot with a little different approach, starting well below some of our prior high bids at no reserve and seeing who's really serious about this fantastic car, because we're serious about finding it a new home.
    1. Shazam's Avatar
      Shazam -
      $16,550 wasn't enough for him?
    1. wulf's Avatar
      wulf -
      The second auction had a reserve which wasn't met. I guess the highest bidder wasn't offered it for that price or backed down.
    1. Shazam's Avatar
      Shazam -
      The reserve seems high... I don't know how much he paid for the car though. Personally, even if I had the money I'd never pay $16,550 for the car... partially because I'd feel bad taking such a gem and changing/tweaking little bits to my tastes, and partially because I think it's over priced.
    1. tucksayre's Avatar
      tucksayre -
      I don't know v4s all that well...but I feel it is also overpriced for a museum piece 95. The market is really small for such a car. Now a 96...maybe...
    1. Shazam's Avatar
      Shazam -
      Quote Originally Posted by tucksayre View Post
      I don't know v4s all that well...but I feel it is also overpriced for a museum piece 95. The market is really small for such a car. Now a 96...maybe...
      A 96 doesn't really command more money than a 95 (in V4 form); it depends on the person. Some like the 96's more, some like the 95's more. In the end, a 96 will get a tad bit more than a 95. A bullnose 95 is actually worth more than bullnose 96 though... much harder to find.

      No matter what it is (96 or 95), seems a little excessive, but if someone is willing to pay for it, more power to him.
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