GM Heritage Collection Saab 9-3 Viggen for sale

I don’t do ‘for sale’ items here very often. When I do, it’s usually because there’s something special about the car on offer (and no, I don’t receive any sort of commission for publicising any cars that come up for sale).

As mentioned in the headline, this particular car is indeed pretty special.

First, it’s a Viggen – a Lightning Blue 3-door (my favourite kind πŸ™‚ )

Second, it’s the Viggen formerly housed in the GM Heritage Collection, which gives it a very collectable air.

Third, it’s prbably the closest to a brand new Viggen that you’ll ever get in 2011 or any time afterwards. This one’s still got less than 1,000 miles on the clock.

The car is being sold on Ebay by Chip Lamb, a guy who’s name should be familiar to most Saab fans in the US, especially those of the vintage variety (the Saabs, not the fans).

The car may also be familiar to a number of you, especially if you’ve attended a Saab Owners Convention in the last few years, when cars from the heritage collection have been present…..

The car has taken a slightly convoluted path into Chip’s garage, which he describes fully in the advertisement.

The photos of the car are a very good testament to it’s original condition. I’m sure everyone’s familiar with the ease with which Saab seats develop bum-prints. Well, have a look at these babies… flat as an ironing board.

The asking price isn’t cheap, but then again this is a very rare opportunity to pick up a classic Saab that’s virtually brand new.

Geez, I love me a good Viggen.

carl
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TurboLover
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TurboLover
5 years 7 months ago

Wow, I have never seen news in National Swedish radio that some guy quits bloggin’!
Swade is ofcourse not just “some guy”, but the level of fame is just tremendous.
πŸ˜€

Gryphon95
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Gryphon95
5 years 7 months ago

This is one of the few cars I actually dream about. I need to spend a few days away from any sort of Internet-enabled equipment, or I will have a third SAAB and one too few garage spaces.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago
Please, let someone that will take properly care of it pick up this car. Don’t let it get into the hands of some idiot who tracks it to pieces! This is basically a brand new car which 12 years ago would have cost close to $40k. It would be great if a collector would be the new owner, but also a loving owner who know what he is dealing with would be great. Sorry that this sounds like another sales pitch, but I own a 2002 Viggen and this is really one of the best cars that Saab has ever… Read more »
Jim
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Jim
5 years 7 months ago

Show me a mint 9000 Aero πŸ™‚ For me, the most elegant car Saab ever made.

JeremyP
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JeremyP
5 years 7 months ago

I miss my Viggens! These cars were a great moment for Saab and this a crazy opportunity for someone. Note to the winning bidder: Take care of it, or else!

Curvin O'Rielly
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Curvin O'Rielly
5 years 7 months ago

Kelley Blue Book (KBB), supposedly the bible of used car prices in the US, says a ’99 Saab Viggen in excellent condition, with 1000 miles on the odometer, is worth $9,025 as a private party sale. So much for depending on KBB for accurate pricing information!!! The only problem with Chip’s car, as far as I can see, is that it’s so rare and so pristine that it should be kept in a garage, possibly someone’s private car museum, with only occasional jaunts on the road. What a beautiful car!!!

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

KBB values rule on eBay motors, it is pretty much the gospel for price negotiations. The financing and insurance companies seem to use other sources for determining the value of a car, these values usually come out much higher. This from my experiences with buying, financing and insuring cars over the last couple of months.

Let’s hope this baby finds a loving new owner.

Tompa
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Tompa
5 years 7 months ago

There is an obvious buyer of this fine automobile and that is CJ.

…Eh CJ?

Cowboy UP!

Cheers/Tom

Chip
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5 years 7 months ago

Thanks for the link, Swade.

If it doesn’t sell, I’m the obvious buyer/owner from here on out. It pains me for it to sit with its 993 miles.

Chip

Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 7 months ago

You mean you’ll keep it like that 850 GT you once owned? Not that I can talk ; )

Chip
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5 years 7 months ago

The Monte Carlo 850 was sold to GM Heritage in 2007. They repainted it. It looked a little better but it wasn’t as original as it was when I owned it. I didn’t need it back, so I sold it out of the collection to an old client of mine.

For the record, I drove that car over 6,000 miles in the 5+ years I owned it.

Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 7 months ago

It was perfect as it was. Only original once. Shoulda kept it, bit I have a few regrets myself.

Chip
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5 years 7 months ago
There were some older paint repairs from Mr. Duckham running into things at a more advanced age as well as some door dings, but I thought best to leave them alone. A few of them did require leading to straighten out per the guys at CAS, so I’m glad I didn’t attempt PDR. As my old friend Bob Sinclair said regarding a Ducati he needed help selling when he bought a bike from me a couple years before he passed, “It was fine, but once you’ve squeezed all the juice out of it it’s time for something else.” And so… Read more »
GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

SaabNA should buy this car and put it on display in the lobby of their HQ!

Chip
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5 years 7 months ago

They had their chance to own this car. They passed. I sold it last summer to a private individual and the rest is in the description.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, read your description on eBay now.
So, they’re idiots….

Edonis
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Edonis
5 years 7 months ago

WOW.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

Swade interested in a leftie Viggen?

If we all chip in, that would be a great farewell gift.

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

Can it hit 88 mph? Yes it can, because that’s a TIME MACHINE!

Rodney
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Rodney
5 years 7 months ago

Ugh I have bid three times and just get outbid everytime. Also the reserve is not met yet. I would love to have this car and I live just one state down from where it’s at. I just can’t see spending any more on it. I’m already bidding $6000 over NADA. Well I hope he gets what he wants. It would be nice to see a Saab go for way over NADA value.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago
KBB and NADA are simply not applicable for this car. It’s a collectors item and is brand new. The formulas that KBB and NADA are using are heavily weighted to the apparent age of the vehicle, i.e. the expected wear and tear of a car that has been on the road for 12 years. Their algorithm are simply not able to pick up the fact that it is 12 years old AND has no miles racked up. Unfortunately Viggens have not established collectors status outside of the Saab community yet, otherwise the KBB and NADA collector item flags would have… Read more »
Rodney
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Rodney
5 years 7 months ago

I agree it’s worth a lot more than NADA. I just don’t have the cash on hand to go beyond $6000 over NADA. I wish I did. Also I don’t think the wifey would let me go any higher. πŸ˜‰

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

Your lucky the wifey lets you bid at all.
One more car and my wife will kill me (or worse; leave me to do my own laundry).

NickT
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NickT
5 years 7 months ago

My red 3d with 25,000 miles keeps telling me to bring this home too. Time to sell the house and buy a warehouse with a loft. πŸ™‚ Not sure I could leave it stock. If it was Yellow all bets would be off.

Rich
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Rich
5 years 7 months ago

If it was yellow, I’d be looking into a second mortgage πŸ™‚ I’ve always thought that a red and yellow viggen sharing a garage would be a beautiful sight.

And speaking of colors, I met someone yesterday with a silver Viggen who told me it was a ’99…. um… OK…

NickT
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NickT
5 years 7 months ago

Rich, Yes there were Silver and soem other Unicorns mixed in over the years. Most special dealer orders or they were the Flight academy cars.

Rodney
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5 years 7 months ago
My other concern with bidding higher is insurance. Despite what we all know it’s not considered a collectors item by insurance companies or adjusters. If I wrecked it I would only get retail for it. Right now retail despite the low mileage is $10k at the most. I called my insurance company to be sure. If I get it I intend to drive it. This would be a third car so it wouldn’t see much mileage/yr but accidents do happen and I would lose a lot if I were in an accident. I would baby this car for sure and… Read more »
Talladegan
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Talladegan
5 years 7 months ago

Here in the UK it is possible to arrange insurance at an ‘agreed value’ in cases like this one…surely possible there too?

Chip
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5 years 7 months ago

Re: Insurance – I have this car insured on my Chubb collector policy right now for $25,000 agreed value. It is a recognized collector car.

Re: KBB/NADA. Are you serious?

Chip

Rodney
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Rodney
5 years 7 months ago
I think I have been misunderstood. I absolutely think the car is worth what your asking. I just can’t go that high. I wish I could. I even talked to my wife and we decided we could go a little higher but still not over the reserve πŸ™ I called my father in law’s insurance company and they had no problem insuring the car at that value. He has collector car insurance on his 65 Mustang. I am new to this kind of insurance so it’s a learning process. The only catch is he can only drive it a certain… Read more »
Chip
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5 years 7 months ago

Rodney, et. al:

Grundy, Chubb and a few others have unlimited mileage, just that you can’t drive it to work. As I don’t drive to work and typically use my truck, an old 9000 (or a motorcycle in season) for round town errands, I have zero problems with collector insurance.

And so it goes,
C

Ying
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Ying
5 years 7 months ago

What are the rules on importing cars from the USA into Australia?

Maybe we can start a campain to buy this car for Swade as a thank you leaving gift?

It’s a Left hand drive though!

Ying
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Ying
5 years 7 months ago

Like I posted already on Saab Central forums – our Amiercan friends don’t realise how good they have it on car prices!!!

here in Australia, you can easily pay 2000 for an average miled OG9-3 Aero, let along a Viggen!

Call me a Viggen fanatic, but if i’d still be in the USA, I would have bought this one at the asking price without blinking. I would have traded in my 9-3SS if I have to to get my hands on it.

Iiari
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Iiari
5 years 7 months ago
Am I the only one who thinks this is a fantastic price? Back a few months ago when I was looking for Viggens, I saw some people asking for (and getting) waaay over KBB or Edmunds values for nice cars. One guy was selling a beautiful Viggen he did a few tasteful tweaks and some tuning to who asked for (and got) over $10,500 for a car with almost 100,000 miles. So around $12K for what is a near one of a kind that’s museum worthy seems like a steal to me! I’d do it in a heartbeat but my… Read more »
Iiari
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Iiari
5 years 7 months ago

Ooops! Rechecked the price, and it is indeed appropriate as is. Never mind :-).

Joel
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Joel
5 years 7 months ago

liari:

Was it a 2001 black 5-door from Pennsylvania, lower with Volvo rims, churning out 300hp?

If so, I love driving it πŸ™‚

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