The time is running. Relentless and for each of us. A generation change is announced in the Saab warehouse - and perhaps the beginning of a new trend. Corona plays an accelerating role here. The pandemic is taking icons off the podium and straightening out some things. This does not meet with enthusiasm anywhere.
How is the 2-stroke bearing developing?
The generation change has hit the two-stroke bearing with full force. It is changing. For reasons of age, collectors sell their automotive treasures. Saab 93, 95 and 96 with two-stroke engines are looking for a new shelter. Only there is more coming on the market than there is demand.
The situation is difficult. The two-stroke group has hardly any offspring. Nowhere. Neither with the very young, nor with the middle-aged. The type of drive is considered antique, difficult, potentially bitchy and dirty. And above all as simply unknown. Anyone who was not carefully familiarized with the topic at a young age can do little with a two-stroke Saab. One reason is the lack of youth work in the scene. The fact that the switch to the 50-stroke principle was carried out more than 4 years ago is another matter.
Commitment and a lot of work are required
Where is the Saab legacy drifting? Who will buy, who will care in the future? Finding answers is difficult. It would be a task for the clubs, an issue that needs to be addressed. It is clear that this is more about work than fun. That you hardly earn recognition with it, too.
The issue is becoming more acute not only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It has long been present in Sweden too. In June 2020, an actually more exciting auction Saab 93B offered. Very original and not too expensive. Not if you look at the price level in recent years. The Saab stopped and tried its luck again at the September auction at a reduced price.
There it was finally sold, with the minimum price being reached. The location of the two-stroke bearing is not the only problem. The pandemic has changed a lot, and it has stopped an eternal upward trend.
End of the upward trend for the Saab 900 Cabriolet
If anything was conspicuous this year, it was the sales requests for the classic Saab 900 Cabriolet. For a long time, its prices only knew one way, the upwards. Saab Garagengold, a supposedly safe investment. With the start of the pandemic, the Saab 900 sales rally began.
Surprised? Not seriously. Against the backdrop of poorer economic conditions, people checked their fleets and sought out the car that is used the least often for sale. The cabriolet.
There were weeks when an email came to the blog every day. Saab 900 Cabriolet for sale. Optimistic in a ratio of supply and demand of 4: 1. Realistically probably worse. At prices that were difficult to achieve even before COVID-19. Including Monte Carlos, which are not just yellow cars.
As a result, prices fell on the well-known portals in recent months. Expensive and overpriced vehicles stand like lead, the market has turned, offers have been withdrawn. It has become a buyer's market. Restrained demand meets more supply. How long the development will take, whether the situation will recover, that is all open.
An opportunity for the scene and newcomers
Maybe there is a trend here, and maybe the market correction is the best that can happen to the scene. Newcomers and young fans only get into the classic 900 in exceptional cases at the previously required prices. The drop in prices is their opportunity, and also one for the scene, which will hopefully make something out of it.
Otherwise, and this is the threatening sign on the wall, in a few years the 900 will be the same as with its brothers with the two-stroke heart under the sheet metal. No offspring, because getting into the convertible was too expensive and the opportunity was never taken to arouse enthusiasm.
And that would be really tragic.