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Record-Breaking Prices at the 2024 Saab Festival Auction in Trollhättan

Record-Breaking Saab Auction at the 2024 Festival: Rare Models Fetch Top Dollar

Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition: A Rare Gem to Be Auctioned at the 2024 Saab Festival in Trollhättan.

Introduction

The 2024 Saab Festival in Trollhättan was not only a celebration of Saab’s storied legacy but also an exciting event for car collectors worldwide. Highlighted by a high-stakes auction hosted by Bilweb Auctions, this year’s festival featured some of the rarest and most sought-after Saab models. Enthusiasts and collectors gathered both online and in person to bid on these iconic vehicles, resulting in record-breaking prices.

The highlight of the auction was undoubtedly the Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition, which fetched an impressive 650,000 SEK (over $61,000). This article delves into the details of the auction, the cars that garnered the highest bids, and the overall success of the event.

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Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition: The Crown Jewel

The star of the auction was the Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition, a car with a fascinating history and unique features. Only 38 units of this model were produced, making it one of the rarest factory-built Saabs. This particular model, number 2 in the series, was auctioned for a remarkable 650,000 SEK (over $61,000). The Independence Edition boasts a Sunset Red color, a Hirsch carbon fiber and leather-wrapped instrument panel, a new sport steering wheel, an exclusive turbo boost gauge with an orange needle, 18-inch wheels, and sport seats with gray leather upholstery and orange stitching.

Rear view of the rare Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition, showcasing its sleek design and unique Sunset Red color.
Rear view of the rare Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible Independence Edition, showcasing its sleek design and unique Sunset Red color.

Originally intended to commemorate Saab’s independence from General Motors, this special edition was planned to have 365 units, but production was cut short by Saab’s bankruptcy in December 2011. The car was initially purchased by Saab dealer Kjell Heintz, who later sold it to a couple under the condition that he could buy it back. The car was well-preserved, having been driven only in the summer, and maintained in excellent condition. Its auction success is a testament to its rarity and the enduring passion of Saab enthusiasts.

This Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition is expected to achieve one of the highest bids at the auction.
This Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible Independence Edition is expected to achieve one of the highest bids at the auction.

Other High-Priced Models

While the Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition stole the show, other models also achieved significant prices. The second highest bid was for the 1964 Saab 96 Sport 2T, which sold for 341,000 SEK (over $32,000). This model, known for its rally heritage and distinctive design, attracted considerable interest from collectors. Its half-century-old charm, coupled with its well-maintained condition, made it a prized possession at the auction.

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The Saab 96 Sport 2T from 1964, the second highest bid at the 2024 Saab Festival auction, selling for 341,000 SEK (over $32,000).
The Saab 96 Sport 2T from 1964, the second highest bid at the 2024 Saab Festival auction, selling for 341,000 SEK (over $32,000).

Other notable mentions include:

  • Saab 92A 1951: This early model reached a respectable bid, reflecting its historical significance as one of the first Saabs ever produced. ( RESERVE PRICE: Not reached)
  • Saab Sonett II V4 1968: A rare sports car that showcases Saab’s engineering prowess, this model also attracted high bids.
  • Saab 900 Turbo 8 1984: A beloved model known for its turbocharged performance and iconic design, which continues to be a favorite among collectors.

Auction Overview: Success and Highlights

The auction, held in conjunction with the Saab Festival, featured a total of 40 cars. Out of these, only 7 did not meet their reserve prices, indicating a strong demand for classic Saabs. The live auction event outside the Saab Car Museum on June 8 saw enthusiastic participation, with bidders vying for the chance to own a piece of automotive history. Bilweb Auctions reported a successful turnout, both online and in person, underscoring the growing interest in classic Saabs.

The Saab Festival: A Gathering of Enthusiasts

The Saab Festival, held every two years in Trollhättan, is more than just an auction; it is a celebration of Saab’s legacy and community. This year’s festival, from June 7-9, 2024, featured a variety of activities, including car exhibitions, factory tours, and meet-and-greet sessions with Saab experts. The festival offered a platform for Saab owners and enthusiasts to connect, share stories, and admire the classic cars on display. The event also highlighted the ongoing passion for Saab automobiles, with fans traveling from around the world to participate.

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A unique Saab 9-5, converted to rear-wheel drive by Jonas Kakarikas, showcased at the 2024 Saab Festival. This modification, captured by Marko Nikitović, highlights the innovative spirit of Saab enthusiasts.
A unique Saab 9-5, converted to rear-wheel drive by Jonas Kakarikas, showcased at the 2024 Saab Festival. This modification, captured by Marko Nikitović, highlights the innovative spirit of Saab enthusiasts.

The Future of Saab Collecting

The success of the 2024 auction at the Saab Festival reflects the growing market for classic Saabs. As more enthusiasts and collectors recognize the value and uniqueness of these vehicles, their prices are likely to continue rising. The record-breaking sale of the Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition sets a new benchmark for future auctions, highlighting the potential for high returns on investment in classic Saabs.

Practical Information for Future Auctions

For those interested in participating in future Saab auctions, it is essential to stay informed about upcoming events and listings. Bilweb Auctions, known for their expertise in classic car auctions, regularly updates their website with new listings and auction details. Collectors should also consider the historical significance, rarity, and condition of the cars they are interested in, as these factors significantly influence the bidding prices.

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Conclusion

The 2024 Saab Festival and auction in Trollhättan was a resounding success, celebrating the legacy of Saab while achieving record-breaking prices for some of the rarest models. The Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet Independence Edition, in particular, highlighted the event with its impressive sale price. As the market for classic Saabs continues to grow, enthusiasts and collectors can look forward to more exciting auctions and opportunities to own a piece of Saab history. The festival itself was a testament to the enduring passion and community spirit that defines Saab enthusiasts worldwide.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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