Tassie resident, Saabnut and occasional caustic commenter, Drew B, has recently purchased yet another classic Saab to add to his ever-growing collection. Like his other cars, this is another one that’s a bit special, particularly in the context of an Australian collection.
It’s a 1977 model Saab 96 V4 Souvenir Edition, which means it’s one of the last 150 that were made for the UK market. This one is number 104. I went up to Launie to visit Drew whilst on a work assignment a few weeks ago. The car had just arrived that afternoon and looked pretty much how it does in these photos below:
The story’s one of those “small-world” affairs. As this car was one of the last 150 for the UK (there’s a plaque on the dashboard etc), Drew was keen to find out a bit more about it’s history. He’d had protracted negotiations with the seller as it’s had to be sold as part of a bunkruptcy liquidation. Unfortunately these aren’t always ideal circumstances and the car came with no written history.
In an effort to find out more, Drew posted on SaabCentral looking for information about the final 150:
Does anyone own or have any info on the last 150 special edition 96’s produced for the GB market, as I’m currently looking to buy one.
Anything would be greatly appreciated!
After which he found out there was a register for such vehicles….
150 96Ls made in Cardinal Red Metallic – with red interior and a dashboard plaque saying why it’s special.
I have about 19 I can say for sure are Souvenirs on the Register (one of which is in my Dad’s garage…)
Very handy to find a register, but not as handy as this….
I had one! As mentioned they tended to be slightly more rotten.
I always wondered what happened to it? Think is was number 104 but can’t remember. I know it was URF207S, quite rare on an ‘S’ plate. It was also fitted with a colour coded front spoiler.
Any ideas anyone? Would love to know if it is still around.
Click on the SaabCentral link above to read the whole thread. It’s great.
Yes, it IS a small world after all, especially in the internet age. Drew found one of the original owners from back in The Old Country. The car had been transported from England to Australia some time during the 1990’s, displayed at a few car shows, sold, then sold again to the guy that ended up bankrupt. A twist in the tale – the bankrupt guy managed to get the seller to sign the paperwork prior to paying, and as you might expect payment never came. He went bankrupt shortly thereafter.
So we have one very unhappy seller, one bankrupt and one car that has to be liquidated. One man’s misery is another man’s bargain. Well, two men’s misery actually, but that’s beside the point. If you keep your eyes open you never know what might come up. Someone’s going to buy it, it may as well be you.
Drew has a bit of work to do to get this one up to his usual high standard. He’ll be working on a dried up gear linkage shortly. There’s also a crappy aftermarket sunroof that will have to be removed some time in the future, as well as some minor rust. All in all though, it’s in pretty good condition for a 1970’s UK car. The original Ronal wheels are probably worth quite a penny on their own. Once Drew’s had a few weekends with the polisher in hand, I’m sure it’ll be looking more like this:
If anyone else knows some specifics about this edition of the 96, or even better if you own one yourself, then I’m sure Drew would be interested in hearing from you. Any information would be more than welcome in comments and I’ll pass the email information onto Drew.