Swedish Survivor: 1972 Saab 95 Wagon – SOLD!

by | Mar 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

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March 15, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

I think we can all agree that prior to General Motor’s purchase of the company, every Saab car produced came with some level of quirkiness.  With claimed seven-passenger capacity powered by a tiny V4 four-stroke engine, this two-door 1972 Saab 95 Wagon originally listed in March 2022 on Craigslist in Biddeford, Maine (Portland) takes quirkiness to a whole other level. This appears to be a complete, survivor-quality car the next caretake can enjoy as is or elect to restore to its original quirky glory.

Currently offered for $10,000, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their 95 Wagon priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $5,400 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $14,200.  As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the seller’s ask is one hundred dollars less than this guide’s #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $10,100.

Swedish carmaker produced the Saab 95 two-door wagon from 1959 through 1978.  Surprisingly, Saab marketed their tiny two-door wagon as a seven-passenger car right through to 1975 when safety regulations made the rear-facing third seat a liability.  While famously known outside the U.S.for using a two-stroke engine equipped with a “freewheeling” mode to prevent engine seizing, from ’67 onward U.S. models came equipped with a four-stroke Ford Taunus V4 engine connected to a four-speed manual transmission.   The Saab 95remained on sale in the United States until 1973.

The King Rose Archives YouTube Channel features this excellent overview of the Saab 95 and its eighteen-year production history:

With 33,601 unverifiable miles showing on the odometer, it’s plausible that’s all this car has traveled based on its condition. While we would totally understand a Saab enthusiast buying and restoring this 1972 Saab 95 wagon, we hope the next caretaker elects to continue keeping it in survivor condition.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1972 Saab Model 95 Wagon. Titled. Hard to find.

A very fun and appreciating classic in solid mechanical condition.

The car starts easily, drives, shifts, and stops very well and smoothly.

Very complete including hub caps, original ashtrays, hand straps, and visors.

The headliner is in excellent condition.

The vehicle is very solid underneath. The engine compartment looks great.

The upper body has rust blotches around the windshield, back hatch and on a couple of places on the sides, as shown in the photos. It also has a dent (from storage) on the roof over the driver.

Mileage shows 33,601 and is believed to be original but cannot be verified. It was part of a large collection for a long time and used as a go-for car in the Summers.

Pretty much everything works including the windshield washer motor. The clock and the cigarette lighter have not been resuscitated yet.

The free-wheeling works but I do not use it for less stress on the transmission.

A new air filter and oil change were completed last week. New spark plugs and extra voltage regulator included.

Drive as is or restore as you go.

$10,000 or best offer.

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