Here’s an affordable Saab classic that runs and drives, though it’s in need of a little TLC.
Earlier this week we came across a 1974 Saab 99 LE in need of a new motor and some body work, and it had an asking price of $1,000. This 1969 Saab 96 costs 2.5-times as much and is also in need of rust repair, but the biggest difference is that this old Saab runs.
The seller states that they’ve driven this 96 approximately 1,500 miles since he/she purchased it last year. Within the last 500 miles, this ’69 96 has been fitted with a new carburetor, Jetex exhaust system, a new clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder, new ignition coils, plugs, and wires, new front brake rotors, new rear axle limit straps, new Monroe shocks at all four corners, and all fluids have been changed.
The new parts should make things a bit easier for someone who’s interested in keeping this Saab on the road, but there’s still a bit of work to that needs to be done. The seller states that the 1.5-liter V4 “runs well, although it does have a few small leaks.” The doors are unfinished, left in gray primer while the rest of the car is finished in a dark green. The seller also notes rust on the underside of the car that needs to be addressed, and “other minor issues.”
According to Hagerty, a 1969 Saab 96 in concours condition is worth over $20,000, while a fair conditioned model can fetch $3,200. Given those values, we’d say this 96 is a solid buy at $2,000 if you can manage to patch the rust issues yourself. Plus, the bike rack is included – what a bargain!
We hope to see classic Saabs like this on the market when we’re in a position to take on a new project, but we won’t hold our breath.
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