Regardless of the corona pandemic, the antique automobile business continues to boom. It's not only going well in Germany, but also in Sweden. The scene suffers from the cancellation of trade fairs and major events. But that doesn't detract from the love of old metal. Now a Saab overturns a Volvo from the throne of the most popular national classic. Is there a Saab renaissance now?
Saab 96 replaces Volvo 120 (Amazon)
The portal Blocket.se regularly publishes a list of the most popular classics. Last year, the Volvo 120 (Amazon) led the ranks. This year the Volvo crashes to 8th place, the brand from Trollhättan takes over. The Saab 96 is currently the most popular classic in the country and the one with the shortest downtimes. There are nostalgic reasons, says blocket.se, that drive the Swedes to Saab. Many grew up with Saab and are now bringing back their memories of childhood and youth.
The Volkswagen Beetle, which has also been the market leader in Germany for years, follows in second place. Behind it finally comes a Volvo. It is the 142 and thus a sedan that rolled off the production line from 1966 to 1974. The Volvo is the newcomer this year and a sign that a generation change is looming. 142 instead of Amazon, the scene is getting younger. The Chevrolet Bel Air (4) and the Cadillac De Ville (5) occupy positions 1955 and 1961. They represent the Swedes' traditional love for American tin.
Prices are low
Blocket.se also publishes the average prices at which the most popular classics in Sweden are traded. By German standards, these are low. However, one must note that average goods with a need for action dominate the advertising portal. Top specimens from the restoration are rare.
The Saab 96 is traded for an average of 29.500 kroner, which is equivalent to € 2.900. A VW Beetle from 1967 costs 45.000 Swedish kronor (approx. 4.400 €) and a Volvo 142 costs 30.000 kroner (2.950 €). As attractive as the prices seem, so great is the caution that is required when getting a classic from the north.
When it comes to the bodywork, the Swedes show a high level of tolerance. What may look great at first glance often turns out to be a grave for many € and a long-term employment for the bodybuilder.
With images from Volvo Cars (2)