You’ve probably already heard about Hurricane Sandy’s most famous automotive victims – a bunch of Fiskers that caught fire after one of them short-circuited. That was the headline story. The sad fact is that estimates say approximately 250,000 cars may have been wiped out by Sandy.
Inundated. Washed away. Crushed. Whatever.
I heard a sad story last week, especially sad for a Saab fan, about the loss during Hurricane Sandy of one of the few 9-4x’s ever made. I checked in with a friend from Saab North America and found that there were only 467 Saab 9-4x’s made for the 2011 model year. The 9-4x is one rare bird. Now, in the post-Sandy world, there’s at least one less.
ADDED NOTE: I neglected to mention that this 9-4x is #58 of those 467 built. Not just a rare bird, but an early bird, too.
A friend in the US who works in the motoring press – a Saab fan, naturally – ended up with a 9-4x in his extended family when his Uncle and Aunt bought one. They weren’t Saab owners prior to the 9-4x, but they’d heard plenty about them thanks to the other Saab-owning members of the family. When it came time for them to buy a new car in February this year they were keen on the idea of an SUV. They tried the 9-4x and the Saab-apocalypse price made the deal irresistible.
They bought this Zodiac Black 9-4x for $27.5K plus a $700 shipping charge (the vehicle had to come cross country from Minnesota). They bought a six-year warranty through their dealer, bringing the total cost to $30K. Even with that warranty charge, it was a great deal. The MSRP was more than $38K new, with the car fitted with XWD, power package and full leather. It was a Saab ‘evaluation’ car with 3000 miles on the odometer.
Now, with just 12,000 miles on the clock, their 9-4x was claimed by Hurricane Sandy. Salt water inundated the car and it was declared a total loss late last week.
A very sad ending for one rare example of a model that never got the chance it deserved.
With the extended family….