The last ever new Saab is up for sale

Development model from failed attempt to revive brand goes under the hammer for around £30,000

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 15:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 15:11 pm
The 2014MY 9-3 Aero is the last Saab to leave the Trollhatten factory (Photo: Bilweb Auctions)

Fans of failed Swedish car brand Saab can grab themselves a piece of history as the very last car to leave the Trollhätten factory goes up for sale.

Later this month a factory-fresh Saab 9-3 Aero with just 43 miles on the clock will be auctioned off by electric car company NEVS, which bought the struggling brand almost a decade ago.

Proceeds from the sale will go towards a sustainable mobility scholarship at University West in Trollhättan and the successful buyer will get a tour of NEVS’s development facility and the Saab museum.

The car is a very unusual 2014 model year 9-3. All Saab production stopped in 2011 when the company went bust but production of the 9-3 briefly restarted in 2013 after NEVS bought the rights to the Saab automotive division.

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The car has been driven just 43 miles (Photo: Bilweb Auctions)

Between 2013 and 2014 420 Saab 9-3 Aeros were built in the hope of fully restarting production but the project failed. The car now being sold via Bilweb Auctions was one of these cars which was set aside for development testing that never happened. It was then used as a reference vehicle during the short production run.

The other 419 cars were sold but this reference vehicle was parked up in the NEVS factory and left for five years after covering just 70km (43 miles).

The car is in immaculate condition (Photo: Bilweb Auctions)

The “Diamond Silver” four-door Turbo4 saloon is fitted with a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and automatic gearbox, and comes with spotless cream leather upholstery. It has been estimated at a value of between £28,750 and £37,000.

The car being auction was set aside in the NEVS factory in 2014 as a reference for a failed production run (Photo: Bilweb Auctions)