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Auction Block: 1973 Saab 96 Widebody Resto Mod

Photos: THE MARKET By Bonhams

Though the brand has now been defunct for more than half a decade, Saab still possesses a loyal and devoted fanbase that shares an immense passion for the quirky Swedish cars. And it was a group of these individuals that opted to turn one of Saab’s 96 models into a bespoke resto-mod project.

Christened the “96CC,” this wide-bodied project was built in 2016 — the same year the marque officially went under for good – by UK-based Saab specialists Neo Bros, who have treated the 1973 donor vehicle to a bespoke suite of bodywork. This includes custom front and rear bumpers, flared fenders all around, a custom hood, and an altered, hot rod-style roofline. Under its one-off hood, the stocker’s 154-hp B204 slanted inline-four engine has been given a Stage 4 tuning kit, resulting in its current output of 280+hp and 287.6ft-lbs of torque. In addition to new seats, the project’s interior has also received a custom carbon fiber instrumentation surround and a steering wheel plucked from a much newer Saab model. The build has also received custom Speedster-style mirrors and blacked-out 15” steel wheels borrowed from a ‘90s-era Saab 900.

This 1973 Saab 96 Resto Mod will soon be going under the hammer on Bonhams’ new “THE MARKET” platform. Located in Abingdon, England, this ’70s specimen is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000 (or approximately $20,000 to $33,250).

Purchase: $20,000+

Photo: THE MARKET By Bonhams
Photo: THE MARKET By Bonhams
Photo: THE MARKET By Bonhams