Someone Rescue this SAAB 96 from an Oakland Tow Yard

1968 saab 96 for sale

Who among you failed this quirky brown machine? I’d argue there can’t be more than three degrees of separation between myself and the person who owned this ’68 96, allowed it to be towed, and then failed to claim it. Quirky and ambitious Oakland resident, I AM DISAPPOINT.

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Anyway, let someone else’s screw up be your gain: this thing’s on eBay with a $700 obo price, but a $295 lien sale mandatory fee. What does a grand get you? Looks like someone’s very much in-progress project: the interior’s mostly removed, but the body’s straight with sections that look like new or super clean old and the engine’s present. The after the jump, the Yard’s eight-plus minute walkaround video probably shows it better than I can…


Seems like the guy from the yard really wants to sell it, rather than send it to a scrapyard, so let’s see what we can do about that.
1968 SAAB 96 for sale – eBay Motors


    1. There’s a Lemons team that blew up their two-stroke engine and put in the 1.0L three-banger from a Metro. If the engine is junk, though, I’d want to put another V4 in it because those are boss.

      1. There’s another LeMons team that blew up their two-stroke, put in another two-stroke, blew up that two-stroke, and is working on another two-stroke. The V4 is really more of a towing engine than a racing engine.

    2. Just to be able to answer, “No, it’s a V65 now.”, to the obvious question? I fully support your effort.

  1. I suppose one could find the rest of the bits required (there’s plenty missing here) for this “some assembly required” 96, but I’m not sure it’s worth it for $1k… and it greatly pains me to say it. Unfortunately this is probably best as a body parts/gearbox (if still good)/glass donor for someone else’s 96/95 project.

    1. Yes, looks like this one already served as parts donor… or the PO forgot all the trim bits at the chrome coater’s shop.

  2. That rust on the front floor? That’s from a leaky windscreen gasket, a common problem that lead to a flexing/hinging sensation when driving. It can’t be fixed. The body is no good. Unsafe for the road. Good only for parts.

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