In a Nordic saga, a lot of drama is delivered. Heroes die, are mauled in the back. The stage in the case of the Saab 9-5 deliver us Swedish scrap yards. While some pre-series vehicles went on sale, others landed at the recycler.
The selection criteria seem arbitrary and are still unclear and incomprehensible. It is clear that the scrap industry suddenly got a lot of work from Trollhättan. Not only 9-5 NG sedans and sports cars landed on the scrap, but also brand new convertibles and Turbo X.
Swedish cultural property is destroyed
Front windows that were not available for a few months came from the recycler. The vehicles that had to serve as spare parts donors then stood without a window, only covered with a tarpaulin, in the Swedish climate. After the first rain and at the latest after winter, the rest was just junk.
But there were exceptions. People who saw what was destroyed and who refused to accept it. They brought an extremely rare 9-5 NG sports suit from the pre-series to safety in a dry hall. And who had a plan. To protect the Saab so that someday, in many years, I can bring it back to life. A plan is a plan. That can't work when greed wins out.
At some point, the 9-5 was already on the way to the dream car and the prices for sports suits kept rising, greed struck relentlessly. A junkyard operator tried to get a sports suit through the approval. The Swedish authorities and the bankruptcy trustees pricked up their ears. The drama took its course, and the last of the pre-production sports suits were destroyed on orders.
The pressing tools on the factory premises
Meanwhile, some fans still dreamed of a comeback of the 9-5. After the sale to NEVS, there were still bodyshells for limousines in the open air on the factory premises. Under certain circumstances, there might have been a chance, if not Chinese, but Europeans had taken over the remnants of Saab. While the bodyshops disappeared, in the summer 2016 still had a mysterious hall in the stablebacka.
Hardly anyone had the chance to enter because the content was explosive: the pressing tools of the Saab 9-5 NG sedan and the sports station wagon, as well as the complete body shell of a station wagon. That was over 5 years after the end of production. In the meantime, the hall has been cleared, the tools destroyed, the body shell disposed of. The dreams - dreamy.
The 9-5 is the last Saab. At least for the foreseeable future. Maybe forever, maybe not. The auto industry is facing major upheavals, and it cannot be ruled out that a Swedish consortium, led by Saab AB, will set out again at some point.
The residual values of the Saab 9-5 NG sedan in 2017 are at or above those of German premium providers. The Saab has long outperformed imported brands. This is especially true if the 9-5 is a gasoline engine. Diesel vehicles suffer from the problem of the type of drive per se and also from the fact that enthusiasts with poor driving performance do not tend to use this type of engine. The extremely rare sports suit has a special position. Anyone who owns one seems to have a good investment. The prices increase annually.
Mobility beyond the mainstream
The supply of spare parts has developed satisfactorily well. Although missing now and then parts in Orio Bearings, but these are being re-produced. Or repaired, as in the case of the LED light strips at the rear. One might suspect that the mutation of the 9-5 to the dream car is a typical Saab story. But we are not alone. At Citroen things are similar. The C6 is considered the last big Citroen and was in principle a flop. During the 7 years running production, Citroen could only sell 23.384 vehicles. Good vehicles of the model set in December 2012 are well above 20.000,00 €. Ascending trend.
Here, too, there is a small, well-funded group of friends who value individuality. Mobility, far beyond the mainstream, is an issue of the future - not one that would be particularly loud. But the more the degree of networking increases, the more the last representatives of the analog generation move into the spotlight.
The last Saab 9-5 NG new car has now also been sold. It was in Italy until 2017 and now has a German owner. The number of vehicles in our country is increasing. Imports from Greece and Sweden ensure growth. The 9-5 NG will be with us for a long time to come. Even 6 years after the end of production as the last Saab and dream car for many people.