Of course, dream cars were built in the Stallbacka. But Saab is no longer, and despite this, several dream cars of this brand were in the media over the past week. Remarkable? Definitely! The convertibles are having a very special career at the moment. Prices are stable or rising across the board. And even 8 years after the end of production, some cars still achieve real high prices.
So, regardless of all the discussions about the car, there are definitely people who want to drive Saab. And just this brand. And who are ready to transfer a substantial amount to the trader's account. There was an example of this in the last few days with our neighbors in the Netherlands.
Saab 9-3 Griffin Aero Sky Blue Edition
A cabriolet with the bulky name Saab 9 3 Griffin Aero Blue Sky Edition was for sale since 2017 in the Netherlands -from model year 2012, according to the Swedish Press reports 2012 was already advertised at Blocket for a little over 40.000 €. Car Leitner in the Netherlands has been offering the rare and extravagant Saab for around 2 years for 57.500,00 €. Last week, the Aero was sold to a lover for supposedly 59.500,00 €.
The story behind it is simply told and not quite what it seems at first glance. The “Griffin Aero SkyBlue Edition” was not available from the factory. The car was originally built at the factory as a regular Aero Griffin Cabriolet for the 2012 model year in the color “Sky Blue”. Later, at ANA in Trollhättan, once the largest Saab dealer in the world, conversions with increased performance and Hirsch accessories were made. The modification, which was made on a private initiative, does not turn it into a factory edition. But still an exclusive convertible.
Saab 9-5 NG sportswear RHD
A piece of automotive and Saab history is for sale in Kiel. The only remaining pre-series 9-5 Sport Kombi right hand drive is looking for a new owner. The current owner lives in the US, importation and licensing to the United States is legally impossible.
To drive his station wagon, he flew to Germany for the 2 annual meetings. Living Saab passion is called that well. And the separation is probably not easy, but is a result of pure reason. Because what about a car on the other side of the Atlantic?
The TiD station wagon in linear equipment is the last survivor of once 4 right-hand drive pre-production models. On the speedometer are just 6.400 kilometers, almost continuously parked the Saab in the showroom in Kiel. The vehicle is moved regularly and from the dealership Lafrentz expertly maintained. The price expectations of the owner start loudly 9-5sc2012.com from 35.000 €. Potential buyers who are interested in a genuine single item from Sweden can ask for details in Kiel.
Right-hand drive vehicles are not in such demand on the continent for understandable reasons. In recent years, Lafrentz has therefore been considering a renovation. With the steering wheel on the “right” side, interest and price would increase. Apart from the very high cost, the operation would also destroy the automotive heritage.
The term dream car is defined by dreams. You have it, you can fulfill it. Or not. Then there is also the term “National Auto Project”. This also has something to do with dreams. Such projects existed in the distant past, for example in the former Yugoslavia or in Iran. The success of these ideas was mostly manageable and remained territorially limited.
The national, turkish dream car
In a globalized world, a “national car project” smells like the 50s or 60s. And yet it does exist. Turkey bought the in 2015 Rights on the Saab 9-3 from NEVS to make it their national car. In a development partnership with the Swedes, the 2020 9-3 should be launched at the latest.
But then it became quiet. For several years.
Now the Turkish car spaces are back. Still 2019, so reports the Auto-Motor-Sport, the first prototypes should roll, then go into series production in 2022, with an electric range of 500 kilometers. Hundreds of jobs could be created, 85% of the components will be of Turkish origin. And of course the electric car should be internationally competitive.
However, the basis of the national self-experiment will be almost 1 / 4 century old, including testing and planning. If successful, that would be a comeback record. But with regard to the economic realities on the Bosporus, one can remain skeptical with a clear conscience.