Auctions are an indicator. Their result shows the state of a brand incorruptibly. Whether it no longer builds cars, like Saab, or whether it produces. The truth always comes out with the final blow of the auctioneer's hammer. What are collectors and fans willing to pay for automotive history?
Auctioned well above estimate
The last major auction of the year for collector vehicles in Sweden was all about Saab. No other brand else delivered a significant surprise. The star of the auction was undisputed Saab 900 AeroTurbo 16. With an appealing story in the background. Rare execution and prominent previous ownership were enough to fire the imagination.
The estimate of €14.700 to €16.700 was easily exceeded. In the end, the 26.700 was worth almost €900 plus premium. The result surprised – somehow. Because the 900 is rare, has few kilometers, but its condition is in the mediocre range. Rust is an issue, pictures may not reveal everything, there is a need for action.
Nevertheless, the Saab could have made history. A record price by Swedish standards. And that at a time when one can assume that international bidders are reticent.
The second Saab in the Services was a rare 9000 CS Aero. Unfortunately, his history was not quite so clear. Its equipment is consistent, the condition is good, the execution is rare. The basics for a good result, but not for a surprise. At around €12.700 plus premium, the Aero remained at the lower end of the estimated value.
In principle, maybe too little, and the result could have several reasons. Unfortunately, the interesting facts that were supplied by third parties for the 900 Aero were missing. Some displeasure, a special Swedish symptom, was evident. And maybe the Corona situation and the restricted freedom of movement in Europe also played a role.
Good results cannot be taken for granted
However, one should be satisfied with the result. And maybe even more than that. Looking at the results of the auction, the Borgward brand catches the eye.
Another lost manufacturer surrounded by myths. With the Borgward rebirth and the prospect of a plant in Bremen, the brand jumped out of the grave. The prices for historic sheet metal from Bremen went up, the older circle of fans became younger.
A flash in the pan, as one had to recognize. Borgward is dying in China, in September 2020 only 649 people were still enthusiastic about a new car with the rhombus. The Borgward euphoria is history.
On Auction a Borgward Isabella TS Coupe was offered. The desirable Borgward par excellence, albeit in a condition that requires a lot of work. But in original condition, from a collection and put away for 21 years. The coupe from the Weser was sold. At a price a third below its estimate.