Another very interesting Saab found its way to the last Bilweb auction of the year. An early Saab 9000 CS Aero that began life as a works car. Its exact history, however, remains somewhat fuzzy. What is certain is that he was registered at the factory in the Stallbacka.
Saab 9000 CS Aero 1993
It could have been a press car, its equipment speaks for it. Perhaps, and this is unconfirmed, it was presented at an event in England. It was later taken over by the then Technical Director Stig-Göran Larsson and driven for a few years. Today it is in the Saab Museum's depot, from which it can also be picked up after the auction.
The history is a bit vague, but could be researched with a little commitment. It is clear, however, that the year of construction and the equipment are correct. The Saab 9000 is a very early aero and its equipment is consistent and complete. That alone, and the fact that good Saab 9000 Aero are now difficult to find, makes it exciting.
The mileage is low, the speedometer reports 121.656 kilometers. In general, the 9000 Aero is in good condition, with signs of wear. The Saab was driven and serviced, but until it was put away in the museum's magazine, it was not a vehicle enthusiast that was allowed to experience excessive affection. There is a lot that speaks for the Saab.
It's the car they say in Trollhättan is the way Saab always wanted to build it. Without compromise, and without anyone having put the red pencil on. The design of the body comes from Björn Envall, who learned his trade at Saab mold designer Sixten Sason. The 9000 is a sharp wedge that has not lost its appeal even with age.
Still good performance today
You can still drive a 9000 in everyday life today. It is economical with fossil energy if you do not constantly demand the turbo. It's big, comfortable, and has plenty of room for friends, family and luggage. In the meantime it has also become noticeable. Hardly anyone knows the model series and in parking lots and at petrol stations there are big eyes and sometimes questions.
As an aero, it has an additional appeal. The engine conjures up 226 hp from 2.3 liters, its acceleration from medium speeds is still impressive even today and brings many SUV drivers back to reality. Because the 9000 is lightweight by today's standards and a reminder to all designers who consider plug-in hybrids with an empty weight of around 2 tons to be normal.
The striking sports seats are controversial. They give good lateral support, but are too much of everything for the aesthetes. You love them or reject them. As simple as that.
The price of the Saab 9000 Aero could be exciting. Model year 1993, an early Aero, a past as a press or factory car. You can pack a few kilometers on top. That sounds interesting. The Auctioneers see a possible revenue between 130.000 and 160.000 Swedish kronor. Converted, plus the premium for the auction house, we are in a price range of approx. € 12.700 to € 15.600. Too Much or Too Little? We will see! The final hammer falls on November 26th.
With pictures from Bilweb (12/12)