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Woody
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
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Posted - 05 Apr 2017 :  22:43:11 Show Profile Reply with Quote
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lovely-1968-Saab-96-V4-Rare-early-car-in-exceptional-condition-/352019778158?hash=item51f6038a6e:g:VWoAAOSwXYtY34gl

Above vehicle is a classic example of misrepresenting a vehicle as being earlier than it was originally manufactured...

What do other forum members think?

Betsy67
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
247 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  04:50:41 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looked at this a few times and thought something doesn't sit quite right.
I'm not too knowledgable on body changes to specific years, but it does look like a mix of parts from various years. A 70's car with early grill and dash ? Also a 68 with a 65 No plate?
Very clean and tidy looking car though.
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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1778 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  13:17:35 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Well the '65 number plate stands out of course but you are allowed to do that. You can't do it the other way round and try and make it seem newer than it is. Ad does say the owner had used many parts from two other cars. Many here have done the same, with the swapping in of earlier front ends being common. I don't think that Verona Green was listed for 1968 but if it was done as a bare shell respray it was a brave choice of colour and not one which helped its value IMO. Dash looks poor in that colour. Good value? I'd guess that the dealer is hoping for a 2.5k profit, more if he wasn't very generous with the P/E amount.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  13:35:59 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Ask for a pic of the chassis number, if it's welded in neatly everything should be OK.

www.saabv4.com
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andydeans3
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
938 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  21:37:10 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looks like a lovely car.
Not sure if the dashboard should be green though, were they not all grey? Also the two tone door cards, is that "original"?

As far as the year is concerned, it's perfectly normal to put older plates on a car. The description even mentions that it comes with a private plate. I'm sure the V5 will confirm when it was first registered.

Andy

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  22:05:18 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
It's easy enough to change a 95/96's identity, hence my comment re the chassis number; they're not all "ringers" or tax dodgers though. I know a chap who swapped over a complete 95 cross panel with the chassis number because he had a rotten body with papers and an (imported) sound one without. Looked factory and saved him a lot of registration hassle. Is it illegal, yes, do I have moral obligations, no, in my eyes it's just pragmatic.

My '77 95 will have a '70 appearance when done, it'll keep its (Dutch) '77 reg though.

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Edited by - melle on 07 Apr 2017 15:29:32
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green96v4
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Canada
290 Posts

Posted - 07 Apr 2017 :  15:19:57 Show Profile Visit green96v4's Homepage Reply with Quote
listing has been removed
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