Best looking Saab NG9-5 SportCombi, ever?

We don’t really approve of car ads here at SaabsUnited, but I figure this one is worth an exception. Not only since it’s a Saab NG9-5 SportCombi (one of 33 ever made and the only one registered in Norway), but because of the awesome pictures of this car.

Just see for yourselves (click the pictures for a larger version):

Photo by Eirik Aadde, eirikaadde.com
Photo by Eirik Aadde, eirikaadde.com
Photo by Eirik Aadde, eirikaadde.com

Wow, just wow.

The car in question is a Saab 9-5 2.0 TTiD4 XWD SportCombi Aero 2012, that has gone 35 000 km. It’s one of the cars that were purchased from the auctions following the Saab Automobile bankruptcy. And the asking price for this beauty is 890 000 NOK (approx €98 000 EUR). Here’s the full ad: FINN Saab 9-5.

Update: Rune wrote an excellent post about this Saab 9-5 SC back in 2013. Read it here: The Arctic NG 9-5 SportCombi (“The Phantom Saab”)

The saga about “#17” by Michel Annink (from: 9-5sc2012.com)

More info about Nr 17 in the sc  directory: http://9-5sc2012.com/?page_id=382 or visit the website http://9-5sc2012.com/

I’ve been a SAAB fan for as long as I can remember. The SAAB-virus hit me through my best friend in school whose father had his own SAAB dealership. I still vividly remember the test drive we took with the brand new 99 Turbo he had just received from the factory that day. I sat behind him and saw the Turbo meter that was mounted on top of the dashboard spike as we were vastly accelerating. I was sold on SAAB but had to wait until 1999 before I could afford to buy my first one.

Advancing many years and about some 10 SAAB’s later, I read about the fact that many unique SAAB’s would be auctioned out in December 2012, among which several 9-5NG SportCombi’s.

I have always admired SAAB’s quirkiness, performance, reliability and above all its design. The new 9-5 launched in 2010 I just find stunning and when I realized I could get my hands on one of the extremely rare SportCombi’s, I set my mind to it. It would take me almost a year before I actually was able to call one my own and drive it.

This epos (it got quite a bit longer than I initially envisioned) is a summary of the different events that happened from the date of the auction until the day I received my permanent Swedish license plates in the mail. A journey and a struggle of more than 10 months to get a truly unique car that was supposedly “never to be allowed back on the road again” road legal.

16 Dec 2012: The highest bid!

Collecting #17 at KVD in Åkersberga (Stockholm)

After many nerve-racking minutes and frantically hitting my browser’s refresh button I finally understood that I had won the highest bid and that I had just bought a very coveted 9-5NG SportCombi!

The beautiful Arctic White was now mine!

My blood was still rushing as I received the confirmation mail from auction house KVD.

I understood that the car was located in Wallhamn (near Gothenburg) and as there was no obvious way to drive it to Stockholm myself I had KVD arrange for transport to their facilities in the Stockholm area.

However, many more things had to be figured out: how to get the car insured, but more importantly, how to get it registered? 

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