sotw, Gregs’s Saved 99LE


Hi Robin:

Here are a few shots of my 1975 SAAB 99LE. Bought this car from an Estate back in the Spring. A barn find with 61,000 miles and original owner. The car had not run in about 25 years. Needless to say it cleaned up amazingly . Installed new headliner, cleaned the entire fuel system. It runs and drive great. Wet sanded the mostly original paint with 2000 & 3000 wet paper then buffed. Can’t wait for Spring and to show her off and drive as a summer car.

The only thing I plan to do with this car is to add a nice set of Soccerball alloys once I find them. Attached are some BEFORE and AFTER pictures

Enjoy.

Greg Smith
Catskill NY

Paul Willis
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1 year 8 months ago

Good for you. Looks cool, period colors and all!

Ralph
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1 year 8 months ago

Nice original Saab. Great interior and now shiny paint. Hope you’ll enjoy it for many miles.

Mark
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1 year 8 months ago

Looks Good. I hope you find those Soccerballs. I owned 2 99 EMS 2 doors that had them. I’m not sure if the US got the 99 GLE? If it did, might be able to find some rare gold soccerballs which I think would look great on your LE.

Here’s what they look like:

arnold
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1 year 8 months ago

A treasure. Well done.

OddJob
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1 year 8 months ago

You’ve got a very nice car that seems to be in perfect shape. If the color is solid (not metallic) I think it was called Emerald Green, a quite time-typical color for the early 70-ies. Think it was produced for only one or two years, so there can’t be many out there on the market. Congratulations, and keepit well.

Angelo V.
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1 year 8 months ago

Great looking, unique car. I love the fact that back then, there were so many better color choices exterior and interior. I wish car makers would go back to that.

Johnny Johansson
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1 year 8 months ago
Agree with you, Angelo! Green is my favourite colour, I once had a 1979 99 Turbo, with acacia green metallic exterior, one of my favourite shades of green. It had, of course, also green interior, the seats had a more exclusive upholstery than this 99LE, looked really good, but I think the carpets were the same.    Today many cars have boring(my opinion) black or dark grey interior, I must be lucky having the light grey interior (Parchment) in both my cars (2014 NEVS-9-3 and 2012 Convertible Independence Edition), there were no interior options for any of them.    The… Read more »
Angelo V.
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1 year 8 months ago
Yep. You can have any interior color you want, as long as it’s grey or tan. You can have a “wide range” of exterior paints—-black, white and various greys/silvers. Oh, and maybe a red or a blue every now and then. I think back to Cadillac in the early ’70s—–they probably had at least a dozen standard exterior colors and then at least 6 more extra cost “firemist” colors (enhanced metallic). So you’d have a choice of maybe 20 colors for your new car. And there were also a wide range of interior colors—-you could even specify various colors separately… Read more »
Stephen Goldberger
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1 year 8 months ago

That is AMAZING. My first Saab was a ’76 GL 4-door (same car) in a butterscotch. Clearly yours was not made in Belgium as mine was! It wasn’t until I bought my second Saab (a ’77 99 GL 5 door, made in Finland) that I found out how great the cars really were! The ’77 was “spring green” (think glows in the dark) but with the same interior color as yours.

duckhead99
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1 year 8 months ago

Great looking car with those ’70’s colors! I have one NOS early (not hub centered) soccerball wheel if that helps!

Skipper
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1 year 8 months ago

You got it all wrong – there is no such thing as soccerball – at least in Sweden – and above all, the rims were internally called EMS-rims, because they were first introduced on EMS :o)

Skipper
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1 year 8 months ago

I forgot: you could also try to get hold of: “the-not-so-god-hang-on-AC-unit”, developed by SAAB US and made by ARA.

saabaudi
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1 year 8 months ago

Such a car we drove from 1981-1988. She had EMS-rims, 118 hp and an automatic gearbox. If you want to see a picture take a look into the attachment 2 of “Our Saab history” which I laid down in chapter Photos&Images of the key-word “Forum”.

RAnderson
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1 year 7 months ago
Love it Greg! I bought a new Verona Green 99L in Feb 1974, the only new car I’ve ever had. Used it for business and put a lot of miles on it very quickly, loving every one of them. Lots of 96s, 900s, 9000s, 9-3s and 9-5s since then. A few years ago we bought a 99GL, which I loved, but finally had to part with last month due to severe Northeast US corrosion. If you ever decide to sell it, please let me know, I’m ‘firedome’ on the Saab Rally and Saab Link websites, and only an hour or… Read more »
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