The last one produced Saab. The auction is running.

Since the 31. October you can bid in Sweden on the last produced Saab. The auction will be on 6. November at 10: 00 clock end. The course so far is remarkable and manifests the status of the Saab brand for some fans. At the same time, with the distance of a few years, you can see how skinny everything ultimately went in the wrong direction.

That used to be. The first 9-3 Aero model year 2014 is off the line. The last new car is now available at auction.
That used to be. The first 9-3 Aero model year 2014 is off the line. The last new car is now available at auction.

Workshops that still earn their money with the brand can easily become melancholy when it comes to new cars. Yes, customers would if they could. No large numbers, certainly not. But the demand, it still exists. This small, fine market, resulting from the existing customer base, was to be served with the 2014 model year. Large numbers were never the plan. It was about putting the plant into production and securing the valuable base of skilled workers until the electric car came. First the sedan, then from model year 2015 the station wagon. A strategic decision that is understandable.

It never got that far, it simply lacked liquid funds, and the NEVS management had gambled on the choice of potential financiers. What came next was a bankruptcy process that brought brand-rights to NEVS and ultimately ended Saab's automobile industry.

2014: 3 years warranty, 3 years of maintenance

Too bad, because the Saab 9-3 Aero model year 2014 was a good car. Although the age was to be noted, testers also criticized the lack of modern assistance systems, but he was doing well and was a real Saab. The best 9 3 Trollhättan ever had. Yes, perhaps. In Sweden, efforts were made to market and break new ground. test drive There were in Trollhättan or at 20 bases in the country. Ordered online, 3-year guarantee, 3-year maintenance and a set of tires for the winter were also included. The collection in Trollhättan took place in the redesigned rooms of the historical design department. If you were lucky, a former Saab manager personally handed a bouquet of flowers and the car key into your hand. The price, which at that time was the equivalent of just under € 30.000, was reasonable against this background and now brings one or two tears to your eyes.

Everything done right? In principle and from the basic idea yes. The fact that the story behind it was more of a poker game for high standards, which was lost in the end, recognized as an outside observer only months later. After the definitive end of the short production, vehicles for the Chinese market were left in the dump for some time.

Current status of the auction

They were later converted to European specification and sold to the employees. About 20.000 € or a little less should have been paid then. A good deal for the one who got a vehicle. Not infrequently, the limousine was handed over immediately to a collector with a nice extra charge.

And today? A factory-fresh Saab still triggers greed. Perhaps also because a rebirth of the brand seems more devious than ever. It was on sunday current bid the auction at 400.000 crowns (37.500,00 €) and was thus 110.000 Swedish crowns above the former list price.

Is there still room for improvement? I don't venture a forecast. Is a Saab 9-3 Aero model year 2014 an item for collectors or investors who hope for further value growth? The maximum estimate is 450.000 crowns, and the hammer falls on November 6th. Exciting!

17 thoughts on "The last one produced Saab. The auction is running."

  • It even became 465000 crowns. Huge success!

  • Okay, I like to wait ...

    ... and as always, I'm looking forward to what's coming when it plays here.

  • @ Tom,

    but what would this mean for the 9-3 EVs and NEVS as a whole? Nobody said that the sheets of the turbos in Trollhättan had to be pressed and painted ...

    "Designed by ..." or "Assembled in ..." have long been the new "Made in ...". I don't like that at all, but if it doesn't prevent the customers of Ikea or Apple from paying homage to disposable furniture or the electronic junk of tomorrow, why should a “Swedish” combustion engine in Germany or California have no chance because of its sheet metal have been pressed or painted in China?

    • Not eligible, does not meet any of the current standards. There are no suppliers to build a production that would bring out old shapes and tools for 1000's piece. If they still exist. These are dreams, nice indeed, but really dreams. Even 2013 had significant supply chain problems for NEVS and had to access the Orio inventory. What would the 2020 look like?

      More about the plant and the current development will follow at the latest in the coming week.

  • 456000 crowns, 15000 over estimated. I would say full success.

  • Good idea (by Capri 73)

    I would also like to have 1.000 Turbo 9-3 SCs. And if the brand name doesn't work, you could turn the Limited (final) Turbo Edition into a SAAB edition. And anyway you could buy SAAB emblems from Orio ...

    I do not know if NEVS would be well-advised immediately. The plans fly up and you do not see much. But especially against the background of the NEVS own ambitions and the exploitation of the 9-3 as EV (be it as 4-door or SC) a final edition of the burner * in both body variants seems possible, plausible and the own image as
    The legacy of the SAAB DNA is beneficial ...

    * The SAAB turbo prototype had 275 hp from 2 liters if I got it right in my head. With this liter output (137,5 PS) and the resulting performance, it could easily be seen in the current market and would still be part of the automotive spearhead, the top 10% ...

    • As I said, the factory can not produce. No paint shop, status of the press shop unclear. No components, no suppliers. Everything seriously over.

  • NEVS would be well advised to build a small series of 1000 Turbo 9-3. Maybe NEVS could also buy the brand name SAAB for this small series. That would be optimal!
    However, the 9-3 is still a great car and if it's all about the car, the 9-3 Turbo X would also be sold safely as a NEVS. ORIO could take care of the maintenance and sales.

    • The idea was there, the result is in the museum today. Currently, the plant is not capable of production, plants were dismantled and shipped to China. It will all be a dream.

  • Aby new news from nevs?

  • At least NEVS finally has a car that they can sell.
    NEVS will probably never understand the potential in the SAAB brand.

  • I'm also curious to see how much he is leaving and which country he is going to.

  • I'm curious to see how much the auction ends! Is there any other brand that gets so much attention after so many years of production?

  • Unbelievable, there is always a sequel, even 2019 yet. The story never stops.

  • In fact: exciting!

    Back then, only a small handful dared to bid on the first and last NG SC and 9-4X, and they were sold for correspondingly low prices. The small handful have sold these last but not the very last SAABs partly with exorbitant profit, partly used intensively for years before a sale and partly they are still in first hand ...

    In any case, there is not a single bidder who at that time immediately suffered economic damage or had demonstrably initiated it. Who knows what will set this positive backdrop for the recent and final auction of speculative enjoyment, expectation and risk appetite?

    Speaking of editing, the heading of the 2nd paragraph “2014: 3 year (s) guarantee, 3 years maintenance” misses an “E”.

  • Tom should not be it until 6. November when at the 31. October started?

    • Thanks for attention, corrected. A good example of how mistakes can be made despite proofreading.

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