Bouncing back from the global recession was hard enough for General Motors, but under the control of Spyker, the once-successful Saab didn’t stand a chance. Making ends meet became impossible by 2011, money ran out, and Spyker couldn’t afford to cover the losses of the Swedish automaker.
NEVS acquired the company in 2012, and not long after that, the last-ever Saab left the factory in Trollhattan. That car is the 9-3 Aero listed by Bilweb Auctions, which shows less than 70 kilometers on the odometer. The top estimate is 450,000 Swedish krona, translating to approximately $45,415.
Whoever bids the most and ultimately gets the car will be treated to a VIP tour of the NEVS facility and Saab museum in Sweden. What’s more, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit sustainable mobility research.
The technical, exterior, interior, and overall condition of the 9-3 were all rated five out of five, and if you look through the photo gallery, it’s easy to understand why. Chassis number YTNFD4AZXE1100257 is a time capsule in its own right, finished in Diamond Silver and first registered in 2019.
Under the hood of the Saab is the 2.0-liter EcoTec four-cylinder turbo, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission from the Aisin AF40-6 series. Being based on the Epsilon platform, spare parts should be easy to find for those who plan to use the car as a daily driver or preserve it.