Unique Saabs up for sale at auction

A number of rare cars produced by Swedish automaker Saab are to go under the hammer in Sweden.

Fierce bidding is expected between collectors and Saab enthusiasts as some of the last unique models from the now defunct company are put up for grabs.

A total of 78 Saabs are to be auctioned off, including cars that Saab Automobile AB began to produce but never actually came to the market.

Saab's SUV, the 9-4X, of which only 700 were ever produced, is well represented at the auction, with 31 to be sold off.

Seven of the 30 or so 9-5 NEW Sportkombi that were produced and 37 of the 54 9-5 New Sedan for the 2012 model year that were built are so also up for sale.

The last factory produced Saab 9-3X built by Saab Automobile AB is sure to attract a lot of interest, as is one of just three existing Saab 9-3 SportSedans in the colour sky blue.

Bidders need to be aware that some of the cars at the auction cannot be driven on the road, while others need to be completed or registered.

"We held a similar auction at the end of last year and noticed the strong following that Saab still has around the world," said Per Blomberg, business area manager at KVD.

"The interest was enormous, both in Sweden and internationally. With the last cars now being sold we expect an equally high level of interest from Saab enthusiasts."

The auction, which has been commissioned by Saab's receivers in bankruptcy, will begin on 19 March and finish on 3 April.

Saab officially filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after enduring months of financial problems. Dubbed as a "voluntary reorganisation", the move was seen as necessary to protect and steady the business.

Last year, the carmaker was sold to a Chinese-Swedish investment group. National Electric Vehicle Sweden bought Saab Automobile's bankruptcy estate.

A scheduled appointment is required to view the cars, which will be displayed at Wallhamn, north of Gothenburg, on 22 March.

People who wish to make an appointment must send an e-mail with their name, contact details and which car they are interested in to saabauction@kvd.se by 12:00 on 21 March.

Photographs and details of the cars can be found on KVD Kvarndammen's market place and http://www.kvdauctions.com. Bidding for the vehicles will also take place on these sites. 

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