Saab 95 V4 Police car: Back in uniform!

Premium Such have never been police cars, have they? The owner Niclas Gruffman often gets that question when he shows off his Saab 95. Yes, they did exist but they were not common. This specimen served in Umeå 1975–1982 and has been restored to its former glory.

The ad headline “The forgotten police car” attracted Niclas Gruffman in Umeå to click on and he found a Saab 95 from 1975.

– I had previously had a Polisamazon, but it was a copy. Now was the chance to become the owner of a real police car, and of course it attracted.

The fact that it was then in the area did not make matters worse and soon Niclas had bought the car. The Saab, or more properly a Saab 95 LHD PO, had served in Umeå from the time it was new in 1975 until it retired in 1982.

Saab had in the early 1970s got its feet in the police with its 99 and when the VW Bubble was to be replaced, Saab proposed that they should be replaced with the combi model 95. It could be used for one-man patrol, both with and without a dog, and was on many put a more practical police car than the Bubble.

Under the headlight on the driver’s side there is a small grille and behind it is the siren – a Klaxon Sonabel that gives the old tut-tut sound.

The interior is blue and that is probably the only color that was on the police-equipped Saab 95s.

Saab rebuilt the serial cars at its specialist workshop in Nyköping and among the customers were not only the police but also the military, SJ, Televerket and others. All had their own requirements specifications.

For a Saab 95, the police wanted, among other things, rear window wipers, interval wipers at the front, viewfinder lights on the ceiling, blue lights, siren, filament guard, electrically heated rear window, gas spring for the tailgate, dog grille, police radio, flashlights, baton holder under the seat, storage compartments on long windows , protection for the lamp in the luggage compartment, camera on the sun visor and larger rear-view mirrors. Furthermore, they would have room for the usual standard equipment such as brush, snow shovel, crowbar, various spare parts and report material.

Where the ashtray sat was, among other things, the switch for the blue lights. The handle is the same as the one for the bonnet opening.

– In July 2018, I became the owner to the car and I immediately started restoring it to the police execution.

The condition was quite good and the car had been painted light blue when it was civilized in 1982 and at the same time the most conspicuous police accessories had been removed.

– On the other hand, it still had a lot of stuff that you do not normally find on a Saab. The baton bracket remained as well as most of the upgraded electrical system, including all buttons and the like.

Through like-minded people, Niclas was able to get the remaining stuff and just in time for the summer of 2019, the car was more or less ready.

The camera is mounted next to the rearview mirror and can be removed and used outside the car if necessary.

The baton was stored in special holders under the front seats.

– Some parts are extremely difficult to findnot least for such an unusual police car as the Saab 95 if I have been given the right information, about 50 were ordered in 1975.

It is unclear whether the figure only applies to the 1975 model or whether there were about 50 in total that would be delivered in a few years’ time. Today, however, the stock is greatly reduced.

Rear window wiper and electrically heated rear window were standard on the police model, as was a dog grille. The exterior mirrors have Saab’s original arms, but Volvo Amazon’s mirrors, simply because they were larger. The extra rear-view mirror on the passenger side was not on the police’s Saab 95s.

– I know of eight copies in varying condition, says Niclas.

It’s easy to snowball into details and Niclas is aware of most things that apply to the Saab 95 LHD PO. Everyone that Niclas has seen or heard of has had the blue interior. An interesting detail in this context is that the Saab 95 was the only painted police car with a manual gearbox at this time.

In the summer of 2019, Niclas had a garage sale and had then exhibited the cars in the courtyard. Many people looked at the Saab and one of the visitors was extra interested. He looked up Niclas and asked if it was his car.

Nail mat and other special equipment were stored in a special trailer.

– I recognized it well and I was probably surprised to see it again, says Lars Bång who was a police officer in Umeå between 1959 and 2000.

– It was one of several police cars here in town and I drove some with it. In retrospect, it may not have been the most suitable model as a police car, but it did its job.

It was more of a transport and patrol car than a car used in emergency calls or during car chases. In addition, there were more suitable cars as the Saabs only had the standard engines. On the other hand, the accessibility on bad roads was difficult to beat.

– I never witnessed any particularly dramatic events with this car, but it was a pretty fun thing.

The police’s own comm radio is typical of the time and one of the gadgets that are really difficult to get hold of.

On a minor road outside Skellefteå, yes the police districts were and are large in Västerbotten, they saw a Saab 99 which they waved in to check if the roof load was properly lashed. Of course it was and the car was more than fully loaded.

The seat was pushed forward as far as it could go and in front of the steering wheel was a typewriter on the instrument panel. In the knees, the driver had the remains of the food bag he had eaten on the road and when he cranked down the side window, the stuff pushed out through it.

– We had to take it from the humorous side. Nothing else could be done, says Lars and shows a couple of pictures that he snapped of the crew, at the same time as he and Niclas change into typical police uniforms for the sake of the pictures.

No doubt about where the car belongs – or belonged.

– I often get the question if I really wanted to be a cop. I did not want that and that it became a police car is mostly a coincidence because I like odd cars. And a Saab 95 police car is one of the most odd you can have, says Niclas.

Footnote: The car in the pictures has now changed owner, and in Nicla’s garage there is instead a Saab 95 1976 police car, and he is in the process of completing a Saab 99 1976, also a painted police car.

Yes, there will be a report on this … // The blue lights from Pintsch-Bamag are mounted directly on the ceiling and between them sits a classic Marchal Fantastic roof finder.

No trim under the hood of the police Saab 95s. The V4 spinner delivers 65 horses.

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