Have You Ever Shipped A Saab From Sweden?

Posted on 03. Feb, 2009 by in 2000-2009, Sweden


Photo Credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen

I am wondering if you have ever shipped a Saab from Sweden. As the title states, I am not referring to the now defunct European Delivery Program, but I am actually referring to whether or not you chose to ship a pre-owned Saab from Sweden to your home country through a shipping company.

My reason for asking is that I have recently received an e-mail from an individual looking for a 1979 to 1986 Saab 900 5-Door Turbo. This individual lives here in the North East region of the United States, and realizes that the only 5-door models that were imported here, were 1979-80 model years. She is interested in getting a newer model up until 1984 with more choices elsewhere, which means looking outside of the states and shipping it back.

I have indicated to her in our correspondence that she should probably be looking in Sweden or Finland for a model that would best suit her needs, especially since she wants a right left-hand drive model. I also realized that she needs a car no later than 1984, given that due to NHTSA regulations, she can only import a car no younger than 25 years old without problems, so 1984 would be the most recent.

Evidently, this process is simpler than I originally imagined as a company called Wallenius Wilhelmsen does this all the time, where they ship from the port of Göteborg, Sweden 30 minutes South of Trollhättan, Sweden, worldwide.

So the question here is, does anyone have personal experience in shipping an older pre-owned Saab from Sweden via Wallenius Wilhelmsen? I know Saab USA did, but that was for new cars, so we’re talking vehicles 25 years or older.

Please post your comments below!

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6 Responses to “Have You Ever Shipped A Saab From Sweden?”

  1. Peter Gilbert

    03. Feb, 2009

    My first ever new Saab was a 1978 99 Turbo, shipped to the dealer, I literally drove of with it from the street, right off the car transporter.

    HOWEVER, to bring in a used car into the USA, is not as easy as it sounds. You will have to check with US Customs FIRST, because there are “Grey” Areas, because of pollution controls, different safety standards.

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  2. Gandly

    03. Feb, 2009

    On Blocket.se you can find second hand Saabs in Sweden.
    just follow this string : http://www.blocket.se/li?ca=6_s&th=1&q=saab&cg=0&w=3

    also a car carrier : http://www.shipmyvehicle.com/default.aspx

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  3. Ryan

    03. Feb, 2009


    Thank you very much!



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  4. peter

    05. Feb, 2009

    Are you sure she wants right hand drive ?

    This limits choice to the rhd markets (essentially UK, Ireland, Australia, and very small markets such as NZ, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malta, Cyprus, etc. There are some rhd cars in Japan, but the Japanese often buy lhd as imports are judged to be more upmarket & desirable.


    US spec and these other specs are pretty different, so make sure all is OK before shipping !


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  5. Ryan

    06. Feb, 2009


    That was a typo, she wants a LHD model. 🙂 That would be an easier find!

    I will contact her to see how it is going.

    Thanksfor the catch!



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