A wondrous white Saab 9-5 SE, Spotted in China in the Lido area in Beijing. The good Swede was in fine shape, a bit dusty and dirty but the body was sound, no big dents, no rust in sight, and all parts appeared original, including the sporty three-spoke alloys.
The first generation Saab 9-5 was manufactured from 1997 until 2009 with a major facelift in 2001. This is an original pre-facelifted example.
Seats are a bit worn but the interior looks all right overall. Wood panel around the gear lever. Keyhole on the center tunnel. Weird cup holder is Chinese after-market.
Darkened windows, slight damage on the rear bumper. The Saab 9-5 was never officially imported into China so how this fine white example ended up in the capital is a mystery. Blue license plates are as old as the car, so it has been around town for a while.
Faded ‘ELF’ sticker indicates this Saab 9-5 was originally sold to France, and somehow moved on to China.