A sensational auction ended in the USA last week. A 900 Saab 1987 Turbo Cabriolet broke the US$100.000 mark. In the end, the bill was even US$ 145.000. This open Saab is an exceptional car, that's for sure. But it represents a clear trend. The Göta Älv brand attracts collectors. The Cabriolet will be no exception, that's for sure.
An exceptional car that will not remain an exception
The Saab 900 Turbo Cabriolet has only 245 miles (approx. 394 km) on the clock. They should be understandable, which partly explains the extremely high price. The other part was supplied by the selling dealer who bought the Saab from its then owner a year ago. He meticulously and above all professionally took care of what had to be done with a vehicle that had been parked for a long time. The cornerstone for every successful auction.
This in turn was rewarded by the bidders who could expect a fully operational new car.
Still, the $145.000 price tag is kind of surreal. There is a small Swedish brand that has been badly managed by a global corporation for 20 years. Who still keeps her charisma, loved and admired by the fans. No matter what the American owners expect of the brand. At the end there is a fierce finale, the brand and its fans fight, but ultimately in vain.
No dead car brand
In 2011 the lights go out in Trollhättan. In 2012 the Chinese move in. They abuse the inheritance, damage their reputation, and file for bankruptcy until they finally lose the trademark rights. Because the Swedish licensor (finally) has a gracious understanding and draws a line. Even the car brand Saab survived. She is invulnerable despite being dead, which she seems to be successfully ignoring herself.
The prices for actual Saab new cars have been increasing for years, they are sought after. You can see it in the stable prices paid for the last Saab, you experience it at auctions. And you can even experience it in everyday life, with the small valuables with low mileage and excellent condition. the auction the Saab 900 Turbo Cabriolet was ultimately a historical milestone of a psychological kind. A classic 900 that is traded above the magical US$ 100.000 mark for the first time will have an impact.
Not only that Saab is now back in the media. But also that prices will continue to rise. Mind you, for the exceptional cars. Not for the neglected Saab used car ruins on the gravel lot around the corner.
It will go on like this, up
Other Saab prices will reach six digits in the future and will continue to increase. Maybe not as spectacular and not as public. Because not everything that is currently being traded is offered on the well-known platforms and auction houses. Sales of rarities run discreetly in the background. In the scene, via the blog.
Old-fashioned, on the phone.
Cars with history and drama, but above all special cars, Saab has enough to offer. The (so far) most expensive Saab of all time is an intermediate step in the further development of the brand.
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