A piece of history - or what is Saab 92.004 worth?

The Saab 92.004 auction ended yesterday in Sweden. The second oldest Saab in the world, a historic car. There was a lot of international interest in advance. But also criticism of the auctioneer and the way of presentation. The result of the auction is not overwhelming. Not when you see the historical value of the pre-production car.

A pre-series vehicle, handcrafted
A pre-series vehicle, handcrafted

325.500 Swedish kronor, the equivalent of 31.400 €, were at the end as Highest bid firmly. That was slightly above the estimated price and is not a little. But it is also not an outstanding amount. The owner shouldn't have been particularly impressed. A few years ago he tried to sell it for 350.000 kroner. At that time the krona was worth considerably more in relation to the euro.

In advance, there was criticism about the handling of the vehicle.

That was certainly justified. The Bilweb auction house was vague with its description. If you were looking for facts about the history, you had to find them yourself. While there was still rudimentary information available for domestic interests, it looked meager for international customers without any knowledge of Swedish. The sparse description shrank to a few lines, so only reaching for the dictionary helped.

Many important questions were left completely open. Including the question of whether the Saab originally had a blue paint job. Their proof would have increased the value considerably and proved that Saab 92.004 was one of only 2 standard vehicles.

But the search for facts did not materialize.

And certainly drove away one or the other international buyer who shied away from the risk. To be fair, it has to be said that Bilweb just doesn't Bonhams is and probably doesn't want to be. The vehicles are treated accordingly. It is the seller or sellers who have chosen the wrong stage.

The big international auction houses would have been the appropriate platform for this unique piece of Swedish history. They would have done auto archeology and clarified and documented the history. Before the auction. And they would have recruited interested parties for this piece of history.

One can assume that Saab 92.004 would have achieved a higher price.

The words “pre-series” and “oldest Saab” would have ignited. But the opportunity was not used, which is a shame for the Saab brand and its appreciation. So many questions about the history and the conversion to the B-model remain open. Perhaps, and it is to be hoped, the Saab has found the right buyer. Who researches history, documents it and makes it available to the public. Because there are not many contemporary witnesses left, it is the cars that have to tell the stories of the Götaland Canal.

The magazine has something in the past of the vehicle Classic.nu rooted. The editors found some historical pictures that are worth seeing. Unfortunately, they are not in color either, so that further questions remain unanswered.

3 thoughts on "A piece of history - or what is Saab 92.004 worth?"

  • @ Hans S. & Tom,

    I can sign for myself like this. There is a certain trend towards vehicles of childhood and adolescence,

    On the other hand, the question arises, what does that mean?
    Are these really just the new registrations after your own birth? Then it would be different for me ...

    In Scandinavia in particular, I was always fascinated by the cars that I didn't see or only rarely see in Germany. They were often 10 to 30 and sometimes 40 or more years older than myself.

    Rear pretzel windows, split windshields, even wooden and leather superstructures, and real fenders that had no other purpose than to keep faeces from the doors. All of this shaped my automotive childhood. Thanks to Scandinavia.

    In fact, I saw more old German cars there than in Germany. More old Brits than in the UK and more old Swedes than in D anyway. I'm not even starting from Americans ...

    In short: I think that a 92.004 can still inspire “contemporary witnesses” today. In this respect, it is easy for me to follow Tom's articles and assessments.

    Nevertheless, the (small & narrow) market for old Saabs is far from being analyzed and doubts about one
    potentially higher prices may have the same justification as assumptions that there was more in it? I dont know …

    Velen thanks to Tom & Hans S. for the food for thought.

  • Dear Hans, I see the 92.004 as an important artifact that belongs in a collection. Which would ideally be publicly available.

    What would have happened if 92.004 had generated a 6-digit amount? Of course, pure fantasy without being down to earth on my part, but the radiance for the Saab brand would have been huge.

    But that's right. Saab is for a few, but they have fun with it. Have a nice Weekend!

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  • Thanks Tom for this news. I don't think the price is too bad. I doubt whether the Saab would have brought more on another platform. Isn't it the case that many are now buying cars that they couldn't afford when they were young or that were driven around in them as children? I think the market for cars from the 70s / 80s is booming more than that of 1950 or even pre-war cars. Who can and wants to drive them?

    And at Saab it is like that, the market was already small back then and it still is today. You will never make big money with Saab Oldtimer. But it's not a priority for me either, I love them and drive them!

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