It's no secret that the price of high-performance, used internal combustion engines is rising. Youngtimers, like the first Saab 9-5 Aero, fit perfectly into this scheme. They are easy to maintain, analog, fast and convenient. An alternative to everything that is electrical, digital and complex.
This price trend has been observed across brands for some time. Everything that has been on the sheet for around 20 years, at that time the top model of the respective series, is in demand. The reasons are obvious. More and more assistance systems are making cars complex. Since almost all new cars are permanently online, the feeling of being constantly monitored increases.
Not to forget the problems with current models that came onto the market too quickly. Ford puts the Kuga Hybrid because of fire hazard quiet, BMW reports overheating of the batteries in the plug-in hybrid, and GM recalls 50.000 Chevrolet Bolt due to fire hazard. The list is even longer, much longer. No surprise when the longing for less complex mobility increases.
Saab 9 5 Aero 1999
Finding good eros is difficult. When it comes to a Series 1 Aero, it's special. Saab was never a mass brand, and what was available did not always find its way into caring hands. Since old Saab 9-5s were very cheap on the market for a long time, the stock of good vehicles is naturally decimated.
An exception is a 9-5 Aero sedan from 1999. It is first-hand and the seller tells an incredible story. Bought in 1999, driven around 2 years. Then the owner suffered a stroke and for the next 10 years the 9-5 was only moved for annual inspection. In the end it was deregistered and put away and only now was discovered again and put into operation.
So only 32.800 kilometers came together. Is the story believable? It is, because I know a similar, not quite as long story from my very close environment.
Collectible or everyday classic
The Saab 9-5 Aero is now available for purchase. In terms of condition, it is once again an exceptional car. The combination of black lacquer and dark leather should suit the taste of the majority. The interior appears almost flawless, close to the new car. And the equipment is typically Aero complete, there is nothing that you would miss.
Of course, as always, you can discuss whether the car would be a collector's item or a classic for everyday use. Everyone should make the decision for themselves. I myself advise using the finite resources and other circumstances in mind. Because that's what the Saab was built for.
A hefty price idea
As is so often the case with great, attractive things, the story has a catch. In this case it is the price idea of the Seller. He would like to see € 16.900 in his account for the certainly delicious car. That is not a little. It hardly helps if he also offers a second set of tires and rims and changed fluids.
That's a lot of money for a 9-5, even if prices tend to rise, especially for exceptional cars. But you shouldn't be under any illusions. If one of the Saab partners had it in their inventory, the price for this car would not be cheaper. Maybe even higher.
If you want him, you may feel the pain of separation on your account. Or play poker and wait to see if the price goes down.
It's all a question of patience and nerves. Mutually.
With pictures from mobile.de