The world can be difficult. If you're a Saab fan and collect model cars, things are getting tight. After years of drought, the Saab niche is now well stocked with miniatures. There are always new providers and you have to carefully allocate the places in the showcase. Or, you can do it like the professionals. The good advice follows at the end of the article.
Saab 9000 Aero by DNA (2022)
A miniature of the second Saab 9000 generation, drawn by Björn Envall, was already available from DNA Collectibles. The 9000 Aero was 2020 sold out quickly. No wonder, because the 1:18 scale miniature was a success and I found little that could have been done better. The Saab in "Imola Red" is still my favorite when it comes to models from DNA.
Now the Swiss, who have production in China, are stepping up. Exactly now the problems of many collectors will begin, the showcases and shelves will be cramped. Because, and that is the reason for the looming difficulties, there is not one new miniature coming, there are three coming!
With “Scarab Green”, “Le Mans Blue” and “Black”, strong colors are at the start. “Scarab Green” was a true trendsetter in the days of the Saab 9000 and the first 9-5. The elegant “Le Mans blue” suits the 9000 anyway, even if it doesn't quite come close to the wonderful “midnight blue”. And “black” is always and with every car. Henry Ford knew that long before Saab existed.
To make things really complicated, there are two different interior colors for the 3 colors. “Scarab Green” leaves the outer packaging with a dark interior, just like it was back then in real life. The other two colors come with a classy beige interior. In the first pictures it looks very tempting and arouses desires.
Strictly limited edition
Fortunately, the three new Saab 9000 Aero will not reach the collector until the 3rd quarter of 2020, so there is still time to think about a possible choice of colors. The prices for the models have increased as announced, as is unfortunately the case with other providers.
Pre-Orders are already possible, now you have to pay € 164,80, which is a lot of money subjectively. But, you have to keep in mind that DNA Collectibles keep the circulation low and thus preserve the value of the miniatures in an intelligent way.
Only 399 or 499 pieces of the 9000 Aero CS are made of each color - other manufacturers advertise with limits of 1.500 or 2.000 pieces and then of course other, lower prices. However, as long as the Swiss stay on the path of scarce quantities, pricing is also fine.
Let's get to the professionals among the collectors. They act like museums do. Because the great places in the showcases are limited almost everywhere, only a trick can help. The vehicles on the shelves and showcases keep changing. There is a depot to store miniatures temporarily, and some problems with the selection disappear. At least for a while.