1967 Saab 95 Station Wagon.
This may be the finest example of a SAAB 95 wagon in existence. It
has undergone a remarkable, ground up, total restoration to the
highest standards, all photo documented.
The odometer reads only 586 miles since completion of that
restoration. The result is a stunning vehicle in a Mercedes deep
wine colored metallic red and the interior has been redone in
"Palomino MB-Tex" weave with bamboo rattan pattern accents in the
SAABs are highly prized in the Northeast thanks to their front
wheel drive that worked so well in the region's sloppy winters.
Surprisingly this was actually a California car which spent some
20-years in storage so escaped the ravages of winter snow. SAABS
have always had a strong fan base particularly in this region. They
were beloved in the day with their two stroke engines and unique
Interestingly, this car has the original Ford derived four stroke
engine but is still front wheel drive. The 1498cc V-4 puts out 65
bhp with a four-speed manual transmission. The engine in this SAAB
was completely rebuilt and the transmission seals, gaskets and
bearings were replaced as needed. Parallel wishbone independent
front suspension with coil springs and the rear swing axle with
coil springs were also included in the restoration. The carburetor,
wiper motor, brake and clutch master cylinders, starter,
alternator, water pump, steering rack and CV joints were all
rebuilt. "Soccer ball" SAAB Sonnet wheels with body color inserts
were added during restoration along with period white wall
This 2-door wagon has seating for seven with a folding, rear facing
seat. In front it sports bucket seats.
The Scandinavians have always done well in internal rallying and
famed rally drive Erik Carlson drove a SAAB 95 wagon to a strong
finish in the 1961 Monte Carlo rally. Not bad for a station
SAAB was and is today an aerospace company based in Sweden.
However, the automobile branch was sold to GM in 1990. It was sold
off by GM during the 2009 recession. Efforts to keep the SAAB name
alive failed and there will be no more SAAB automobiles. Despite
the demise of SAAB, at least in this region, there continues to be
a strong legacy for these rugged little cars with clubs and
repair/restoration shops keeping the flame alive.
This SAAB 95 wagon is extraordinary, meticulous in every detail. It
is clearly at a unique level and will be an award winning concours
entrant for a new owner.
Estimate: $36,000 - 40,000