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1969 Saab 96 Deluxe – Runs Like a Top, Looks Like a Bottom

Saab 96 deluxe for Sale

The owner of this interesting 1969 Saab 96 Deluxe  from the Boston area, who decided to sell it, gave the title of the ad, which incredibly approves and plastically describes the condition of this Swedish old-timer. It goes great, but it looks bad.

Just as it follows from the title, so he presented his car, in all columns, one describing the advantages and the other the disadvantages.

On the plus side, the car has no mechanical flaws, and goes incredibly well in relation to how it looks.  It has a rebuilt V4 engine with slightly lumpy camshaft, Weber DGV progressive carburetor with double barrel manifold, rebuilt gearbox, suspension A arms strengthened per factory spec, recored radiator, modern alternator, performance exhaust, etc. This is why the price is as high as it is – it’s worth more than the asking price just for the drive train.

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However, there are also aesthetic flaws that are on the negative side of this old-timer. On the minus side, this poor car had a Rustoleum paint job applied by the previous owner. Fortunately it doesn’t stick as well as the original paint, so owner has taken most of it off with citrus-based paint remover, which doesn’t take the factory paint off.

Rusty Saab 96 - The new owner will have the biggest problem with the body, body renewal and body painting
Rusty Saab 96 – The new owner will have the biggest problem with the body, body renewal and body painting

The previous owner didn’t take good care of it so it’s got the usual rust spots – the base of the pillars, bottoms of the doors, and driver’s side floor. It hasn’t gotten to the tragic point yet, though, so it’s just some time with a MIG welder to fix. The good part about the state of the body is that you don’t have to worry about denting it since pretty much everything is already dented (Smiley).

Certainly, this can be a good basis for some Saab old-timer project in which the future owner would have to deal with the condition of the body the most. To bring the body in a better condition, and after that he will be able to enjoy weekly rides to Saab rallies.

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As the seller (you can contact us via this e-mail e-mail) himself states, He personally drove this car from Seattle to Boston about 15 years ago, it’s always been dead reliable and gets ~30mpg at 80mph on the highway. Currently titled in MA, and the price he is asking for is $1000, which is neither too little nor too high for such an old-timer project.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.


  • Is this car still available?
    I had a light-blue 69 Deluxe as my first, ever car. What would be the total price to get it shipped back to Trollhättan?

    Best Regards, Magnus

    PS Did 28 years at the factory in Trollhättan. A bit of MIG- welding is not a problem. Been there before.

    • Magnus, I am writing a book on SAAB and the history in Trollhättan. Would you mind if I could ask you a few questions about working there?

      Much thanks,


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