If you’re a fan of this Swedish auto company, pour one out for this SAAB 9-3 because the last one just auctioned off for over $48,000.
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Although it was GM owned, with its quirky styling and its key near the shifter console, this was technically the last real SAAB made representing a lineage that stretches back to 1937. According to the Swedish Auction house BilwebAuctions, this 2014 SAAB 9-3 Aero Turbo4 surpassed its reserve price and hammered down its final bid, garnering 465,000 Swedish Kron or $48,359.53 US Dollars.
Round it up to a cool $50,000 when all is said and done and this is probably the most expensive SAAB 9-3 ever sold.
Here’s a gallery of the last SAAB ever from the auction site.
Translated directly to English, this description is quite suitable.
“The last SAAB. Taste those words. How does it feel? For many, it is sad words, but they are also a little tickling. A 9-3 Aero Turbo 4 made in 2014 in Trollhättan with the 2-liter machine on 220 horses. It has rolled its first mile on the old test track for some photography occasions. A new Saab, with everything it entails. This is your chance. Take it. It won’t come back.
A plaque on the dashboard and a decal in the engine compartment also announce to future collectors what this car is.“
Keep in mind, this SAAB was not built by then GM owned SAAB but by NEVS, a Swedish electric car company who bought the rights and all the equipment to make the SAAB 9-3 from 2013-2014. 420 of these one-off SAAB’s with an interesting history were made.
This last one has only 43 miles on the odometer, supposedly all driven on a test track for testing purposes.
Estimates pegged this final SAAB to sell between $36,000 and $47,000, so this auction lived up to the hype.
Under the hood you’ll find a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec four cylinder boasting just 220 HP.
No official word on who won it. I can only guess it had to be a diehard SAAB fan since, underneath it all, the car is kind of underwhelming not knowing its history.
If it wasn’t for the final edition badges, no one would even know you’re driving the last SAAB.
If you’re wondering, MSRP for these new in 2012 was around $28,900.