There was this gray Saab 9-3 OG Aero Coupe in Ingolstadt a few years ago. Around 100.000 kilometers, a Viggen kit and a price that was far too cheap. I'm not sure if it was € 2.500 or € 3.500. Shortly before, I had bought my current 9-3 OG Aero. Buy another one and put it away? Difficult, even if everything called for it, to get this car to a safe haven.
The feeling was right, unfortunately. The Saab sold quickly and was re-advertised just as quickly. Six months later to be cannibalized as an accident vehicle. I still regret the story, because good Saab 9-3 OG have become rare. The survivors are now on their way to becoming a classic.
More Saab is hardly possible
The last Saab of the small series, which comes in the traditional brand design. A sloping rear, a windshield slightly curved around the cockpit, the typical hockey stick on the C-pillar. In addition, the ignition lock, which can be found exactly where the fans believe it belongs, and the cozy interior, which has been taken over from the 99 and 900.
More Saab is hardly possible. The 9-3 OG is on the way to becoming a classic, but the campaign in Sweden was a kind of acid test.
As strange as it sounds, Sweden is tricky territory for Saab. Abroad, Saab classics and youngtimers are more expensive and valued more. A fact that has to do with the history of the brand.
Beyond Skåne, a Saab has always been an expensive, exotic car. Powerful engines, exclusive equipment and prices that were in the top league at the time of a Saab 900 or 9000. The strategy at home was much less return-oriented. There the Saab directors wanted to see above all numbers and market shares. The era with the inexpensive entry-level models shaped the image in Sweden and is still not over today.
Saab 9-3 OG starts the classic career
Therefore, the result of the last auction in Sweden is almost an accolade for the Saab 9-3 OG Aero. A coupe in one remarkable condition, which was at the high end of its estimate. The new owner paid the equivalent of € 11.800 plus buyer's premium, in Germany or the Netherlands the Saab would have been even more expensive. But it is a clear signal from Sweden that the classic career of the old 9-3 series is picking up speed.
One was also sold well Saab 95 V4, which is a new car and could tell a sentimental car story. Although it was below the estimated value, it sold for the equivalent of €19.600 plus premium. In terms of price, the Saab 95 and 96 had reached their zenith years ago. Since then, prices have been crumbling and, at best, prices have been moving sideways.
On the other hand, a Saab 96 V4 Rally was not sold, which was in poor condition but was highly rated by the auction house. Rust and a hard-to-estimate restoration effort put potential buyers in a bad mood.
Here the Swedes think no differently from the rest of the world. Quality and good condition alone, as well as a conclusive history, are accepted. Repair jams and a neglected condition arrive badly, these cars come to a standstill. Which applies not only to youngtimers and classics, but also to every used car.
With images from bilweb