A Saab Story: 1971 Saab 95 Wagon

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This Saab wagon comes with an interesting story from the seller. It’s for sale in San Jose, California and is featured here on eBay where the opening bid is $250 but there’s a reserve. The seller details purchasing the car with the intent to use it as a daily driver, doing some work on it, and only then discovering that their 6′ 4″ frame didn’t really fit. They have replaced it with another car and are now selling the Saab to make room for the new vehicle. The very limited surface rust seen on the under car shots bears witness to the nice climate this car must have lived in. The seller has rebuilt the downdraft carburetor, tuned the car, and done some interior refurbishment.

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One of the more unusual things about this particular body design is the rearward facing third row in a two-door wagon. As a usable, practical classic I think this has a lot going for it. And the “polisher” in me is just dying to try to bring back the faded paint. I’m guessing the different color on the nose means something happened to it at some point, but maybe that’s just a styling feature? I didn’t see it on any other cars after a picture search, though, so I think at least a question to the seller about damage may be in order. I’ll be following this auction to see where things go!

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Comments

  1. Josh Staff

    I’m right there with you Jamie! I would love to polish this car, just to see if I can make it look good again. I think the seller would be smart to do the same. I know it’s a lot of work, but it would be well worth it in the end!

  2. Rich

    You know what, I could do this as a daily. Nice, functional and unique car that you could haul the kids in, make a trip to Lowes and not stress about getting a door ding every so often. Nice find!

  3. jim s

    i too think this might make a nice driver/work car. make/keep it safe and have fun. manual on the tree. i hope the reserve is not to high.

  4. don

    these are great cars, bidding up to 1000 bucks, that would be the limit for me.

  5. Howard A Member

    I agree, a little “elbow grease” and some “Nu-car” wax and some hubcaps, would increase appeal dramatically. Apparently, ’71 was the 1st year for the “bigger” motor( 1700, up from 1500, oh boy) Just the other day, a ’73, 96 ( sedan) was for sale on Hemmings for 15 g’s, so the market is there for these. I’d love a 122 wagon, but this would be my 2nd choice.

  6. kenzo

    If you going to buy a car would you not at least sit in it to see if it is comfy or not especially at 6′ 4″
    cute car and could be a nice driver.

  7. MikeW

    I like the Edsel-ish grill

  8. Sebtown

    In late 1972 my then wife’s parents bought her a brand new Saab 95 wagon which the dealer in San Rafael, CA. claimed was the last one imported into the country. I remember it was $2829.00 out the door. I also remember the crazy shifter on the tree and how it had to be parked in reverse in order to get the key out of the ignition. That is when I also learned they were called Saabs because that is what you did if you owned one!

  9. ben

    I alwas thought they were different my neighbor growing up had a white wagon I an rember him adding oil to the gas I just found a sonett for under 2000 in my neck of the woods

  10. rufus

    Pumping gas in the early 70’s…hot looking hippy chick, remember her adding oil to the gas before I filled the tank. Learned a lot from her…ah the memories.

  11. gunningbar

    Im a wagon guy and Ive wanted one of these era saabs for awhile.. this wd be fun to have and no worries about scratches etc.. Id put my Wolfhounds in back and take em to the beach….

  12. Fogline

    Wow – up to $1800 now. I guess that is where they are going now. I guess it was inevitable. Very economical way to haul around a bunch of stuff and have some fun while doing it.

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