Auctions are a yardstick. Its result shows the condition of a brand in an incorruptible way. Whether it no longer builds cars, like Saab, or whether it produces. With the last hammer blow from the auctioneer, the truth always comes to light. What are collectors and fans willing to pay for automotive history?
Auctioned far above estimate
The last big auction of the year for collector's vehicles in Sweden was all about Saab. No other brand delivered a surprise worth mentioning. The star of the auction was an undisputed one Saab 900 Aero Turbo 16. With an appealing story in the background. A rare execution and prominent previous ownership were enough to spark the imagination.
The estimate of € 14.700 to € 16.700 was easily exceeded. In the end, the 26.700 was worth almost € 900 plus buyer's premium. The result was surprising - somehow. Because the 900 is rare, has a 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 this at a time when one can assume the reluctance of international bidders.
The second Saab in the Offer was a rare 9000 CS Aero. Unfortunately, its history was not that clear. Its furnishings are consistent, the condition is good, the execution 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.
Perhaps too little in principle and there could be several reasons for the result. Unfortunately, the interesting facts that were supplied by third parties for the 900 Aero were missing. A bit of reluctance, a special Swedish symptom, was evident. And possibly the Corona situation and the restricted freedom of movement in Europe also played a role.
Good results cannot be taken for granted
However, you should be satisfied with the result. And maybe even more than that. If you look at the results of the auction, the Borgward brand catches your 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 elderly circle of fans rejuvenated.
A flash in the pan, as you had to recognize. Borgward is dying to himself in China, in September 2020 only 649 people could get excited about a new car with the rhombus. The Borgward euphoria is history.
On Auction a Borgward Isabella TS Coupe was offered. The most 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.