The last Saab. Ponder on these words. How does it feel? For many Saab fans this is sad, very sad, but at the same time, a tantalizing thought.
An Aero Turbo 4, a saloon with a four cylinder two-liter 220 hp power plant with its first and only kilometers running on the track during a few photography sessions. This is a new car, a new Saab, the works. This is your chance. Go and get it.
- Registration date
- Registration Number
- Kw / hp
162 / 220
- Fuel Type
- Interior finish
- Chassis Number
Mechanical condition: Grade 5
An engine generation from GM:s world of engines, but still with some input or tweaks from the Saab engineers.
Interior condition: Grade 5
A light beige leather interior with darker details and the front seats are in fact unique to the last 9-3 series. The headrests are different to the earlier series.
And if you’re a fan of the dark side of Saab, the Night Panel, it’s of course in place.
Exterior condition: Grade 5
A subtle silver paint (as always) named Diamond Silver. The turbine shaped wheels reminds us, and should do, of the first classic Saab Turbo.
General condition: Grade 5
A new Saab, manufactured in 2014. Registered i Sweden 2019. It has done its few kilometers on the test track and in the production plant area.
Facts about the model
The last Saab 9-3 series was presented 2002 and that Trollhättan ingenious aircraft inspirered Saab-feeling is very much still there regardless of GM:s involvement.
The SAAB history in short:
Saab was founded in 1937. The name stands for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget. The purpose was to develop and build aircraft to the Swedish Air Force.
* The first car, the Saab 92, is presented in 1947.
* In 1969, Saab and truck manufacturer Scania-Vabis are merged.
* In the 1980s, Saab’s automobile division generates a profit, but at the end of the decade that is turned to a loss.
* In 1989, the loss is approximately SEK 2 billion in automobile divison. The personnell is reduced by 1,500 people from around 15,000.
* The following year, in 1990, automobile manufacturing is placed in a special company, Saab Automobile AB. GM takes over as half owner, while Investor-owned Saab-Scania owns the other half.
* In 1991, Saab is closing down its factory in Malmö where 900 employees built the Saab 900 model.
* During 1994 and 1995, Saab Automobile shows profits, which are the only profit years under GM’s ownership.
* In 2000, GM takes full control of Saab Automobile.
* Three years later the Saab 9-3 is launched.
* In 2005, the factory in Trollhättan loses the battle to produce the next generation 9-3, a decision that later changed.
* The following year Saab sells a record number of cars, 133,000.
* The financial crisis in 2008 causes GM to seek state aid to survive.
* In February 2009, GM announces that Saab will become an independent company and duly be sold.
* On December 18, General Motors announced that a closure of Saab Automobile will begin.
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