Last of factory-new Saabs to be auctioned, rare examples included

2012 Saab 9-5 Sport Combi

Saab made 30 of the new 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi; 18 will be sold in the auction. (KVD photo)

Here’s one for all the diehard Saab fans out there. Saab—or actually Saab’s “receivers in bankruptcy,” the folks who are liquidating Saab’s assets for creditors—is auctioning off 68 cars that not been available to the public yet. These aren’t classic Saabs from the museum but rather an auction sale of new cars that were completed before Saab production was halted.

The Saabs to be auctioned will be sold individually and are all complete finished automobiles.

Ironically, cars in the auction include two of the “9-3 Cabriolet Independence Edition,” a special model made in 2011 to celebrate Saab’s first year as an independent car manufacturer. Saab originally intended to build 366 of the Independence Edition, but when production stopped, only 38 had been made.

Also being sold are 18 of just 30 of the last generation 9-5 SportCombis that were made and 29 of the 54 2012 Saab 9-5 sedans that had been built. The latter includes the very last Saab 9-5 sedan that had been completed at the factory in Trollhättan.

Of the approximately 700 Saab 9-4x, the Saab version of the Cadillac SVX crossover that were built in the GM facility in Mexico, ten will be in the auction, including the European market chassis number one.

In addition to these models are one of the three existing Saab 9-3 SportCombis in Sky Blue and also the Saab 9-5 Aero V6 300hp automatic that was used as a company car by Victor Muller.

The cars will be auctioned by KVD Kvarndammen, and though it’s an auction house’s responsibility to be cheerful, KVD business area manager Per Blomberg said, “Saab has always had a unique position on the international market and many customers have had a long and loyal relationship with the brand. Now that the last ever cars that were produced by Saab Automobile AB are coming up for sale, we expect interest from Saab enthusiasts all over the world.”

Unfortunately for American collectors—and at this time, these cars will be collector “special interest” automobiles—the cars are all European spec, so getting one into the country would likely prove difficult. Those interested in getting in on the auction action as well as those merely interested as a spectator should go to the KVD Saab sale site, for a complete list of cars and full details.