Auctions of old sheet metal are particularly exciting in Sweden. The country is promoting electromobility, banning old cars from metropolitan areas. The Swedes and the love of old tin? You could wiggle. But it doesn't, as the auction that ended yesterday shows.
Saab 9000 auctioned at record price
The surprise came from Saab. In fact, in two respects. Because two vehicles of this faded brand cleared away vigorously. Whilst all-round offers from Porsche, Volkswagen or Volvo struggled to reach their estimated or minimum price. The secret star of the auction was a Saab 9000 CSE.
The Lottery win, with only 19.600 kilometers on the clock. Swedish media sensed the possible sensation very late and jumped on the media train at the last minute. I was also more skeptical than confident when I presented the vehicle on the blog.
Because the Saab 9000 CSE was nothing special except for the condition and its low mileage. No extremely good equipment, no last year of construction. Of course, no Aero or one of the anniversary models you are looking for. Even the history was not spectacular. No prominent pre-ownership, no pre-production model.
There was also a color combination that not everyone likes
None of that counted. The 9000 CSE earned a sovereign 124.000 crowns. With the auctioneer's premium, the buyer put 130.000 crowns on the table, the equivalent of almost exactly € 12.500. The big Saab far exceeded the estimated price of 70 to 80.000 Swedish kronor. A surprise and a good sign for the first large series of Göta Älv.
The price level for the Saab 9000 is on the rise in Sweden, although this statement has to be put into perspective. Because it only applies to good vehicles, of which there are now very few. They are wanted, change hands in the scene. There is no demand for spare parts carriers and vehicles with a list of problems like the one Britain will get with Brexit.
The perfect Swedish classic
The 9000 combines everything you would expect from a classic today. Space, comfort, flexibility and driving characteristics that make it suitable for everyday use. Not a car that causes problems, but one that solves them. With a large loading area or space in the upper class for 5 friends traveling together.
The technology is robust and oversized, the electronics designed for durability and repairable if something should break. Perfect conditions for a long partnership and more than a short affair. The only question is how do you get a good copy?
Another Saab exceeded its estimate during the auction. Not a classic yet, a youngtimer with goodwill. A Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet from 2004. One with the bus system that Saab developed and that then caused a lot of trouble.
If you will, this car is the last Saab that really is one
For better or for worse, the series was designed in the Stallbacka. With the first facelift, GM separated what was causing problems and transplanted problem-free corporate technology. The Saab got better, more reliable.
But, well, you already know….
The pre-facelift cars are usually not in great demand. Although they have some positive-specific quirks that are no longer found in the later models. The convertible was estimated at 100 to 130.000 crowns. Before the auctioneer's premium, 175.000 crowns were reached. That translates to a little more than € 16.800 for a 16-year-old red convertible with 100.000 kilometers.
A trend or just an outlier? Or the analogue answer to the pressure of digitization and electrification, which can be observed across all brands?
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