Swedish Seven-Seater: 1969 Saab 95

1969.  Many argue it was the best year of the muscle car era.  GM offered the SS 396 Chevelle, the GTO, and the Camaro ZL1.  The Mach 1, Boss 302, Boss 429, and Shelby GT350 Mustang were offered from Ford, not to mention the Torino Talladega and the Mercury Cougar.  Mopar gave us the Roadrunner, the ‘Cuda 440, and the Charger among others.  It doesn’t seem possible that a quirky car like the Saab 95 would stand a chance during a time like that.  Nevertheless, a number of these cars were sold here in the U.S.  There aren’t a whole lot of survivors today, however, which makes this 95 estate wagon a bit of a rare find.  It’s fresh from 24-year storage and is located in Chester, Vermont.  Available here on Craigslist for the alluring price of $2,300, the sale also includes a 1970 Saab 95 for parts!

The seller admits there are a few minor rust blisters and although the car needs new tires and perhaps some brake work, it’s reported to run and drive without issue.  It looks solid in the photos provided so my next step is to try to value this thing.  $2,300 seems like a good deal for two 95s, even if only one of them is in running condition.  For reference, I’ve scoured Saabnet.com which lists a handful of 95s for sale ranging in price from $1,000 to $9,500.  I’m becoming more and more intrigued but before I make a trip to Vermont with $2,300 cash in hand, something tells me I should swing by urgent care for a quick checkup and make sure I’m not afflicted with yet another case of Craigslist delirium.  I’ve come down with it before and I’ve got all of the symptoms: restlessness, fever, and worst of all, I think I could be hallucinating.

There are only two remedies for CL delirium.  The first is to promptly turn off the computer, go outside, do some yard work, and quickly forget ever seeing an ad like this which might be too-good-to-be-true.  The second: bite the bullet and drive to Vermont to get a firsthand look at the car.  After all, there is a chance it’s solid and the seller is honest (believe it or not, that actually does happen occasionally on Craigslist).  The only way to know for sure is to get on the ground and crawl underneath the thing and get a good look at the condition of the frame.  If it’s starting to crumble that would explain the seller’s low asking price.  If not, then huzzah!  Rare Craigslist gold has been struck!

As mentioned, the car is reported to run but will need a new battery.  55,000 miles are shown on the odometer which is believed to be accurate.  Beginning in 1967, Saab offered a four-stroke Ford Taunus V4 in the 95, the same motor found in the 96 and Sonett models.  The V4 is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.  Unfortunately, there are no photos of the second 95 parts car offered in the sale.  It’s in non-running condition, according to the seller.  And although the motor isn’t complete the transmission is all there and is presumed to be operable.   It’s reported the body of the 1970 model is in rough shape, the chassis rusted, and the rear window was broken at some point in time.  All in all, with minimal effort and money it seems like the ’69 95 could be back on the road in no time.  At the very least it might be a good candidate to be flipped.  Anyone care to take a trip to Vermont?  I’m going to do some yard work.

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Comments

  1. art

    This looks nice enough for you to make the trip.
    Go for it.

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  2. Rx7turboII

    Deleted already…good find!

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  3. SubGothius

    “Seven-Seater”? 🤣

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    • Husky

      Correct!
      In the luggage compartment, you will find a fold up seat for two kids, but when I was a kid in the late 60´s in Sweden, our neighbour filled up the car with all kids on the street, taking us to the local lake for swimming. The rear facing fold up seat easily took 4-5 kids :-)

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  4. Al

    I think this is one of those Saab’s that had trouble going up hills.

    If indeed it is, it should be called a Rolls-Can-Hardly, not a Saab.

    I used to have a car that I deemed to be a Rolls-Can-Hardly, it rolled easily down a hill, but could hardly make it up the next hill.

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  5. PDXBryan

    Naw, old Saabs aren’t that slow. They weren’t barn burners but they got the job done and could be a lot of fun to drive!

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  6. RexFox

    They kept up with traffic quite well (I had a ‘67 two stroke 96), but maybe with 7 passengers, power would be an issue.

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  7. Puhnto

    These little wagons with the V4 are amazing little cars. Solid as a rock. Just a great car.

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  8. Gay Car Nut

    Lovely looking car. I used to know someone who owned a Saab of this vintage. I believe his was a two door sedan.

  9. Ed

    I had a 1970 95 very much like this one with the 1700 cc “black” engine. I towed a small sailboat and a motorcycle trailer with two trials bikes on it all over New England back in the 70’s. Plenty of power. I owned many SAAB’s over the years but that 95 was my favorite. Fold down the seats and you could sleep in it.

  10. Dennis Marth

    I looked at this listing literally 2 minutes after it was posted and the Craigslist listing was already gone!

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  11. Eigil

    Once my mothers old saab 96 was de-commissioned, my-self prodly took the helm of the ship and launched down the pasture at warp-speed, aiming for the lagest wood chip pile in site.. the flight lasted an eternity it seemed.. at touch down, I can hear, the see my crippled friend smeared to the floor, head first.. Just a second prior, his poor head had created the largest in-verted dent in a car roof ever seen.. The car makes an (im)pressive re-bounce and almost take off again.. The surrounding cattle is fleeing for life and dads earth shattering roar could be heard to the next county.. Amazingly, the old saab drove back to the barn yard, I was eight years old..

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  12. Gay Car Nut Tacoma

    If only cars like this were still being produced.

  13. Gay Car Nut

    Lovely looking car. I’ve always found the wagon version more attractive than the sedan.

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