Of course, dream cars were built in the Stallbacka. But Saab is no longer, and yet found in the past week, several dream cars of this brand in the media. Remarkable? Definitely! A very special career put on the convertibles at the moment. Prices are stable or rising across the board. And even 8 years after the end of production, some cars achieve true maximum prices.
So it seems, regardless of all the discussions around the car, to give quite people who want to drive Saab. And just this brand. And who are willing to transfer a substantial amount to the account of the merchant. An example of this came in the last few days from 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 as it seems at first glance. The factory did not have the "Griffin Aero SkyBlue Edition". The car was originally built as a regular Aero Griffin Cabriolet for model year 2012 in the color "Sky Blue" in the factory. Later, at ANA in Trollhättan, once the largest Saab dealer in the world, conversions with performance enhancement and deer accessories were made. The modification, which was made on private initiative, does not make it 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-handers are not in such high demand on the continent for understandable reasons. In the last few years, Lafrentz was already thinking about a conversion. The steering wheel on the "right" side would increase interest and price. Apart from the very high effort, the operation would also be a destruction of automotive heritage.
The term dream car is defined by dreams. You have them, you can fulfill them. Or not. There is also the term "national car project". That, too, has something to do with dreams. Such projects existed in the distant past, for example in the former Yugoslavia or Iran. The success of these ideas was usually manageable and remained territorially limited.
The national, turkish dream car
In a globalized world, a "National Car Project" somehow smells like 50er or 60er years ago. And yet it exists. Turkey bought the 2015 in the year 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, are the first prototypes roll, 2022 then go into production, with 500 kilometers of electrical range. Many hundred 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.