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Saab auctions off classic museum models

Oliver Gee · 18 Jan 2012, 10:42

Published: 18 Jan 2012 10:42 GMT+01:00

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While the list of cars, with their pictures and details, is available to bidders online, only a select few will be permitted to take a closer look at the actual vehicles.

Peter Bäckström, the museum's head, said that he will only allow the doors to be opened for serious bidders.

“Only then can we let someone inside to see the cars. Otherwise we’re closed,” he said to Göteborgs Posten newspaper (GP).

Saab is selling 131 rarities, currently on display at the Saab museum, in Trollhättan, Western Sweden. These automobiles reflect Saab through the ages, and have been chosen to illustrate the company’s innovative and illustrious history.

The collection boasts a wide range of Saab cars (and one caravan) from their first car ever produced to their eco-friendly designs from recent years.

Related gallery: Saab classics on auction

The car manufacturer, which went bankrupt in December, is in the process of liquidating its assets and announced the auction when it seemed no one was interested in buying the whole collection.

This includes the original Saab prototype “Ur-Saaben” from 1946, a blue and yellow formula race car from 1960, rally cars, a limousine and a slew of their modern designs from the past decade.

Several of the cars are ‘concept cars’ and prototype models, and are currently unregistered. Some are not even permitted registration for use on Swedish roads.

But it isn't just Saab's history reflected in the collection.

Among the highlights from the auction's collectables can also be found a James Bond-equipped Turbo 900 from 1981 with bullet-proof glass and smokescreen equipment.

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For James Bond enthusiasts, this “Silver Beast” may be the cream of the crop.

According to the museum, the 1981 Turbo 900 model, featured as Bond’s own favourite in three of the spy novels, is equipped with bullet-proof tires and windows, infra-red goggles, 4 tear-gas ducts and smokescreen protection – topped off with a “SAAB 007” number plate.

For those wishing to own a classic piece of automobile - or indeed James Bond - history, speed is of the essence as the bidding ends on Friday January 20th.

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Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:16 January 18, 2012 by GLO
This is a crime.... The Govt should buy the entire cokkection and open a for profit Museum... Please someone wake up !!!!!! This is Sweden History....
15:46 January 18, 2012 by Svensksmith
I agree GLO, but by the time the government figures this out, it will be too late.
16:45 January 18, 2012 by jack sprat
A very sad state of affairs that its come down to this.
17:25 January 18, 2012 by millionmileman
I drove my 1989 Saab 900 SPG over the million mile threshold in August 2006. I did this in the USA but I was planning to do the event in Sweden and have my car inducted into the SAAB Museum. Can you imagine how I would feel if my car would be now hauled off to who knows where?

In the end we decided to do this here and now my car is on permanent display at the Wisconsin Auto Museum, Hartford, Wisconsin. one of my stalemates is a very rare Tucker, another masterpiece of engineering killed off by GM and others connivers.

I am surprised by this whole event how docile the unions have been. I really thought they would have been protesting outside the Parliament, in Stockholm. I have to also admire them for their support of the company and without antagonism which would have made matters worse.

The lack of support from the Government is bewildering as now the potential of 14,000 quality people collecting unemployment, when they could be working and paying taxes is mind-blowing! This is due to the actual workers and the support jobs that spin off the Trollhättan and surrounding area prosperity. To make matters worse Sweden has a budget surplus, so the can't complain about lack of funds. The suppliers who cut off their noses to spite their faces. Now they have no cars to make parts for.

Even more sickening is the fact that I personally emailed all the Swedish Ministers in 2009 when we went through this before. I warned precisely what would happen if the Government did not assist in removing stumbling blocks from the investors. It was never about hand-outs, just cutting the red-tape and nonsense.

US Government owned GM is also to blame because they turned down ca$h on the table from the recent Chinese offer which was turned down in December because they did not want o deal with the Chinese because of intellectual property. GM is going to give China the Volt (they can have it). The US Government does not seem all that concerned about the IP in that downed drone going to China.

I was so incensed last week that I went to the office of my Congressman, because GM is owned by the US Taxpayers not the White House. Now we just got taken as well as all the money from the deal will not be going to the Treasury.

This is very heavy on me emotionally as you can imagine. It is like loosing a whole family in a plane crash.
18:06 January 18, 2012 by Gletta
You seriously need help if you think this is like losing a whole family in a plane crash.

Having said that some, but not all of these are part of Swedens industrial heritage but by and large Sweden does not seem interested in its heritage very much.
19:18 January 18, 2012 by millionmileman

Thanks I know it seams melodramatic but this is real to me. I am not your average car owner. I know all the main people at SAAB personally. From Victor Muller to Peter Bäckström at the Museum. Their emails are now disconnected. This goes for my friends at US Headquarters, in Michigan. These friends helped to persuade GM to award me a new 9-5 during SAAB's best year ever in 2006.

Including my Million Mile 900 SPG I have driven over 3 million miles in SAABs since 1967. This is family. The unemployed workers are family for I care about them more than the indifferent Government.

I am originally from Manchester, England and a a youngster I drove by the funeral from the upstairs of a double-decker bus. It was the funeral of the Manchester United players. Many of the team died in the plane crash taking off from Munich in 1958. This whole business is very much personal.
00:28 January 19, 2012 by Eagle63
millionmileman, I feel with you. I'll never forget my first Saab, a red 99 Turbo. Many Saabs followed. Saab became so much more than just another car. Right now I 'returned' to a beautiful 9000 Anniversary; it sure feels good to drive around in a Saab without any GM pollution in it.....
08:15 January 19, 2012 by Gletta
I guess that although an enthusiast club could run the place and break even actually buying the assets is too much. Pity the community does not take it over, with Innovatum next door and a good number of people visiting there it is a good tourist attraction. Some of the vehicles could be sold off but a core of them kept.
10:06 January 19, 2012 by Pete Cooper
Where is that Swedish pride?? It looks as if all Swedish jewels are either gone or in foreign hands. Saab is a jewel in the boring car market. The last thing to have as a tangible heritage is gone now...for good. If the collection (especially models such as Ursaab, Paddan, EV-1, Aero X etc.) is disentangled then there is no need for a museum anymore. Fortunately there are some private collections around the globe but nothing beats the collection in Trollhättan!!! So we just let this slip out of our hands...it is irreversible when it is sold. What a shame.

I feel so sorry for former Saab workers. A worst nightmare has come true.
12:33 January 19, 2012 by Eagle63
Yes, but this just one sad sign of the beginning of the end of Western Civilization as we know it. First to go are always the higher technical achievements and all that's beyond the ordinary (Apollo, Concorde, L-1011, Shuttle, Saab etc..)
19:05 January 20, 2012 by tadchem
History is like a flame, it can give you warmth and enlighten you, but it becomes quite a burden if you try to spend a lot of time carrying it around.
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