Auctions for collector's vehicles are no longer a sure-fire success. The Bilweb May auction was therefore a mood test in the middle of the corona pandemic, which Sweden has a firm grip on. This time the Saab participation was manageable, just two of the vehicles came from Göta Älv. But they had it all. And one thing came as a surprise.
Generally the result was the Auction streaky. American sheet metal, traditionally popular in Sweden, was often far below the estimate. As always, Mercedes was a safe bet, at BMW things went reasonably well, at Volvo half of the vehicles were sold at the desired price. Not bad, and a little better than the previous auctions. Two Saab were also available. One an exciting one Convertiblethat was really remarkable.
A first-hand classic
That came first-hand, was originally a presentation object for the introduction of the classic 900 convertible in Sweden. A few kilometers, a very good condition and a nice color scheme made it a secret favorite. The auction house put the price between € 19.500 and € 21.500, a somewhat high price for Sweden. But comparatively little for the German or Dutch market.
The question was, would the price called out be achieved, or could one strike cheaply in the aftermarket? The Saab reached its estimated price and went to a new owner for around € 21.000 plus buyer's premium. A 900 convertible is always a currency, even in difficult times.
On the one hand risk and irrationality
It didn't look quite as relaxed with the second Saab. A cool one Saab 900 Turbo, an offer that called for irrationality and risk. Because the Saab had it really big under the hood. A 16 valve turbo is rarely found in a Gradschnautzer 900, it is the optimal power machine that is fun. In addition, there were relatively few kilometers, a first ownership by Saab AB and an absolute luxury equipment.
On the other hand, there is a lot of work lurking on the side of risk and irrationality. The body has rust, the Saab is a case for a restoration with the very large cutlery. But the result would be an unusual, addictive car.
When introducing the 900 Turbo a few days ago, I wrote about it:
Living Saab madness is a part of daring to venture into this project. But without the courage to be unreasonable and to take risks, life would be boring. You can always drive an electric car later.
At least one other person on this planet saw it similarly. The Turbo exceeded the estimated price, which was estimated between € 4.500 and € 5.500. For the equivalent of € 7.500 plus buyer's premium, the Saab drives into a new life and a new adventure.
It's nice when there can still be so much automotive irrationality in this world.
With pictures from bilweb