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Remaining new Saabs up for Web auction

There are still 68 brand-new Saabs left, and one could be yours.

By AutoWeek Nov 28, 2012 1:05PM




Swedish auction house KVD Auction is selling the last 68 Saab vehicles owned by the company as part of the former automaker's bankruptcy deal.


Everything must go, including a handful of 2012 models never sold, along with a few special editions like the 2011 Saab 9-3 Cabriolet Independence Edition.


The Independence Edition was made in 2011 to celebrate Saab's first year as an independent car manufacturer. The intention was to produce 366 examples of the car, but production was stopped due to bankruptcy. Today, according to KVD, there are only 38 examples in the world.


Also up for sale is a selection of 18 new 9-5 SportCombis as well as 29 9-5 models, including the last car produced in Trollhättan. Only 30 SportCombis were produced and 54 9-5s.


“Saab has always had a unique position on the international market and many customers have had a long and loyal relationship with the brand,” said Per Blomberg, business area manager of KVD. “Now that the last ever cars that were produced by Saab Automobile AB are coming up for sale, we expect interest from Saab enthusiasts all over the world.”


Of the last 700 Saab 9-4X SUVs built, 10 are in the KVD Auction, including chassis No. 1 for the European market. Additionally, one of the three existing Saab 9-3 SportCombis in Sky Blue is crossing the block, as is the 300-hp Saab 9-5 Aero that was used as a company car by former Saab chairman Victor Muller.


The auction ends on Dec. 16. Go to www.kvdauctions.com to bid and to find out more info on individual lots.


-- Jake Lingeman

 

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24Comments
Dec 2, 2012 2:52AM
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As a mechanic back in the 60's, the spelling of Saab was S.O.B.  Loved those 2 cycle units with the freewheeling transmission- it was like driving a bumper car.   Also, you set the timing with a dial indicator on top of the piston- trouble was that being a 2 cycle, the piston was always loaded with carbon build up, so getting it right was a S.O.B.
Dec 2, 2012 8:12AM
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Make fun of the demise of SAAB's if you need to but an affordable car designed by airplane guys that was fun to drive was EXACTLY what the world needed in the 70's!  Great MPG, decent power (especially if you drove the Turbo which SAAB stuck with long enough to get right!), gobs of storage and perfect handling were very welcome as the USA was pulling out of the gas shocks of the decade. American cars were sh*tboxes (Pintos, Vegas, Chevettes and Gremlins!); Japanese cars were functional but underpowered - Honda Civic, Datsun B-210's!, Italian and British cars were a joke. SAABs handled better than their Swedish cousin, Volvo, (which I have also owned but they drove like trucks!) And SAABs didn't require you to  tap the trust fund like buying a Porsche or BMW might. You could have a SAAB for about 20% more than a VW Rabbit - and it was worth it.  SAABs were great cars...yet very dear to repair....and hard to fix. So if you didn't have a game mechanic, taking it to the dealer eventually wore you out. Never had to do so much work to replace a water pump in my life!

 

Believe it or not, the beginning of the end for SAAB was the first Gulf War. A decade of a buck per  per gallon gasoline here in the US brought high horsepower and low MPG rides back into fashion. Pity. We all would have been better off if prices had stayed high.

 

The last nail was SAABs acquisition by GM. If one car company has shown that it really knows how to eff up a good thing it has been GM. Too many bean counters winning arguments over the engineers. Joe Biden is happier and the nation's job outlook is stronger because GM is alive but from the marques that have died to keep it living ...Pontiac, Saturn and now SAAB...I am certain that some great things have been lost.  

 

So long to the affordable driver's car. And if you are reborn as a Chinese-owned electric only vehicle (as I've heard rumored), I hope the new owners have a clear eye on what made you great.

Dec 1, 2012 11:25PM
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SAAB you will be missed thanks for many great cars and terrible 80's commercials.
Dec 2, 2012 8:27AM
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Their body construction was over the top.  My son's girlfriend was driving his Saab - got in a horrible accident and she walked away from it with minor injuries......   any other car and she would have been dead.  We are a Saab family - and will run them until they cannot run any more - which might take years - we even have a 1974 Saab Sonnett which my son LOVES.  I drive a 9-5 ....  I have never known another brand of car lovers like Saab - get them talking about their car and it is NOT a short conversation........
Dec 2, 2012 4:48AM
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Now I can join the rest of the world and start driving the same car everybody else does.
Dec 2, 2012 4:04AM
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Yep.. Can remember the oil can racks on the back of the drivers seat...

The two cycle motors had to mix the oil and gas...

Later years it turned into a yuppie type car...lol

Dec 2, 2012 7:46AM
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I own and drive two. Love them both.

 I'll drive them till they can go no more. I have no plans for Honda, Toyota or anything else..

My 900 had 400,000 miles when I sold it after nineteen years of ownership. It was still extremely fast. It consumed zero oil. It had 175-180 psi compression across the board and was still getting 27-28 mpg.

Show me another well engineered and safe modern car capable of that and not costing the bank?

Better yet..... Go have a chat with Peter Gilbert...he had  1,000,000 on his.

Dec 2, 2012 1:43PM
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Sad to experience the demise of Saab. It was one heck of a great ride. I remember when the 9-5 was first introduced and most of the major car magazines did comparative tests pitting it against the competition. I distinctly remember that in one of those tests, the 9-5 was rated better than the Audi A6. Now look at where we are today, the A6 is one of the top cars in the world, while the Saab 9-5 is is at the end of it's rope. Why? Audi kept on improving it's cars and gave potential customers something that they wanted to buy. I have been loyal to Saab for the past almost 20 years and have owned three. Now I have to set my eyes on my next favorite car company, Audi.
Dec 2, 2012 7:50AM
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My wife had a 2001 9.3 Viggen, wonderful car, turbo (it could get up). It had computer problems, and the repair was more than the value of the car, only mad2800 on that trade-in, I once made a normal 6 hour drive in 4.5 hours, at an average speed of 95; memories.
Dec 2, 2012 1:34PM
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I loved my Saabs I had 3 at one time all were 3 cyl 2 cycle. I had a gt 750 with Halda speed pilot, a 95 and a 97. I used one as driver, one for rallying and the other for ice racing. I find it ironic at here in this point in time the auto industry is bringing out three cylinders again. The only car I ever had that made into bed. The 95 was only $1995 new about the same as a VW beetle back in the 60s.The auto industry has sort of lost itself. A lot of cars look the same and a kid can't really afford a new car today.

 

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