Two vehicles from the historic Saab collection in Trollhättan will be auctioned through the auction platform KVD. One of these collectibles is a rare Saab 96 V4 Monte Carlo, from prominent prior ownership. The first owner was Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland. The prince, who was the heir to the throne for several years, was an avowed Saab fan and drove many races under the code name Monsieur Adrian as a hobby racer. Of course on Saab!
The 1967 Monte Carlo has not been moved since 10 years and is therefore a restoration object that requires the usual work. Object number two is even more special, and the restoration of the 96 V4 should be a finger exercise.
The auction will feature an armored Saab 900 Finlandia sedan from the year 1979. With extended wheelbase, bulletproof glass and many enhanced safety-enhancing extras, the 900 is a real challenge. After description he is a pure object of restoration and thus a case for the total fan with a corresponding financial background.
The museum is thinning stocks, which is obvious. Already for the Saab Festival in Trollhättan parts came for sale. Not all fans like that and the mood was partly something, let's just say, tense. One thing is clear: the museum needs money to keep at least the largest part of the Saab collection in good condition. The depot is full of vehicles that need attention, and it's an illusion to believe that this task would be affordable in the current situation. Selling vehicles and parts whose historical value is not paramount is a viable option. Rather, a slightly smaller collection that can be maintained over the long term is considered a huge, non-financeable problem.
Trollhättan is not a rich city, which is clear in light of the recent past. A long-term show of strength for the museum is not to be expected from this direction, because there are more important construction sites. The Saab AB and other sponsors are giving out, but the budgets seem limited. It would be up to NEVS, as the legitimate heir and home of the brand, to send out a signal for the automotive past. But that's not the time to go to the investor, there's still time to do it, other things are more urgent.
The museum still lives on a lot of voluntary work, and that will probably remain so in the medium term. One year ago we had one Fundraiser started for the museum, which had brought more than 2.000,00 €. How about now, in the year 2013 with the donation readiness? If we want to support the museum again this year, is Saab solidarity boundless, or is it a Swedish matter that our Scandinavian friends should take care of themselves?
The opinion of the community decides whether we start an action or not. Here it goes to the vote:
Are we also donating 2013 to the Saab Museum?
- Yes, the museum needs our help. (81% 236 Votes)
- No, no further action. (12% 36 Votes)
- I do not care. (7% 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 292