Far above estimate - Saab 900 Aero Turbo 16 auctioned

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?

Saab 900 Aero auctioned way above estimate
Saab 900 Aero auctioned way above estimate

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.

Saab 9000 Aero - just about reached the estimate
Saab 9000 Aero - the estimate just reached

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.

8 thoughts on "Far above estimate - Saab 900 Aero Turbo 16 auctioned"

  • I would also have liked to have had a red 9000

  • Hans S. - red 9000 in Germany

    I was at Etehad today for a tire change and took the opportunity to take a close look at the red 9000.


    A very nice model with a 1a history. The color is a different (to Sweden) very nice red, it matches the rear lights perfectly. Great condition as far as I could see, more modern engine and as GP362 wrote - sunroof, air conditioning, the good sound system, BBS rims.

    Wouldn't that sweetie be something? It definitely deserves a loving and protective 2nd hand! 🙂

  • @ Hans S. (Approvals),

    my best friend had a good experience there. He was even able to drive a souvenir from his vacation in Germany with a Swedish license plate for a year.

    Only then did he have to register, which was completely unproblematic. He had no experience or insider knowledge. He simply let himself be taken by the hand in both countries.

    Maybe an isolated case? All I know is that everything went smoothly for him and that he was well supported by the binational authorities...

  • It's such a thing with Borgward, I also thought the topic was through. But they still had money for a lawyer and in the second instance they won the case with Renault about their logo.

    Since then there have been entries on their website again, which had not been maintained for almost 2 years before. Just one last twitch before death, or maybe something moves after all? You will see it, or you won't...

  • Two nice results. I would have liked the red 9k. I would like to bid, only Sweden is about 2000km away from me. Of course, a stretch!
    What about the registration of a car registered in Sweden? Does anyone have experience?

  • You can interpret it as you like, the result is great! Sure, you just need a crazy person who wants the Saab. But then there is a broad effect because the motor press finds it strong and you get it shared everywhere in the network. Saab then has press and attention again.

    What a crazy person can do 🙂 So stay positive!

  • Untouchable

    I would be a little more careful there. Auctions are not that incorruptible...
    Depending on the form of the bidding process and the experience of the bidders, auctions in particular often blossom.
    Two inexperienced bidders who have not set a reasonable limit and who have bid tactically inept are often enough to achieve proceeds/results well above market value.

    Only shortly after an auction can this be put into perspective again very, very quickly. One has the surcharge (is supplied, no longer contributes to demand).
    The two heat heads can no longer compete against each other. And that's it sometimes.

    An outlier, therefore, which cannot be replicated at another auction for a similar object and certainly cannot be achieved on the market. Happens again and again.

    I'd love to read more about it, but I've observed the effect described too often for that.

  • Saab is just cool. My 9-3 always stands out, but my colleagues' new and leased cars don't. What, is he that old? He looks so good...

    And even that Saab no longer exists, hardly anyone wants to believe me.

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