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The real story behind Victors 9-5′s

March 5, 2012 in Saabology

Victor's 9-3 IE Convertible in Mallorca

Some questions were stated to why Victor Muller didn’t buy his first 9-5 with the registration mark KME 140, well the real story is that this car is a pre-production car which was given to Victor for use by Saab Automobile. The fact is that the car remained registered to Saab Automobile AB until it was decided that the car should be sold out to private hands by the bankruptcy administrators.

Victor used the car for about 6 months and then returned it to Saab when he took delivery of his present car which is a black 9-5 Aero V6 which he still owns. In the summer of 2011 he also took delivery of a Saab 9-3 Independence Edition Aero Convertible equipped with a Turbo4 engine and ID number 007. Both these cars are used regularly by Victor as everyone attending the We are many, We are Saab event in The Netherlands could observe, as Victor arrived at the event in his black 9-5 Aero.

That does not make KME 140 a less special car as it was widely used in media events and also driven by journalists shortly after the sale of Saab had been completed. A significant car with a significant history.

Victor Muller's Saab 9-5 Aero

11 responses to The real story behind Victors 9-5′s

  1. A sexy car none the less. Not to mention a nice collectors item! Long live Saab and long live the 9-5!

  2. ‘How much did it go for?’, is the burning question!

  3. Is KME 140 really street legal in the hands of someone else then SAAB Automobil ?
    Pre-production cars tend to be exempted from certain rules since they are sometimes considered rolling test benches but only when in ownership of the company.

    Take for example some of the museum cars. And if I recall correctly this was also the case with the 9-5 combis that where scrapped (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/17/saab-cars-headed-to-crusher-trollhattan-museum-selling-off-120/) allthough I couldn’t find any Saabsunited post about the matter.

    I could be mistaken (Hope so for the buyers sake) but it was a question raised in my mind when I saw the pre-production note on the car.

    The special notes from Transportstyrelsen doesn’t say much.
    “T12E PROVBIL.FORDONET FÅR BRUKAS I TRAFIK MED DE UNDANTAG SOM GÄLLER
    FÖR EXPORTVAGN SAMT UTAN KRAV PÅ BESIKTNING TROTS ATT FORDONET
    ÄNDRATS. SE SÄRSKILT BESLUT.
    T13H ÅRSMODELLBETECKNINGEN ÄR ÅSATT AV FORDONSTILLVERKAREN.
    T31BS KOLDIOXIDUTSLÄPP BLANDAD KÖRNING BERÄKNAD, CO2 222 G/KM.
    UPPGIFTEN ANVÄNDS ENDAST SOM GRUND FÖR UTTAG AV FORDONSSKATT.”

  4. I know VM once squeezed into a Sonett (pictures posted here in happier times) but that Fiat 500 has to be a tight fit for a man his size. My guess is he says “Fiat? Aero? Fiat? Aero? I think I’ll drive the Aero.”

  5. Nice to see that VM has the taste for real SAAB alloys on the INDIE CV. The black wheels where NOT Saab design just bought off the shelf. Good taste VM!

    • Funny you should say that. I had an IE Vert on order and I thought those wheels looked fantastic. Was thinking of ordering some for my Viggen (whose OEM wheels are made out of marshmellow). Anybody know where to source those wheels?

  6. Good to know the back story, thanks Tim!

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