Given its short production run prior to bankruptcy, a new generation Saab 9-5 – even in sedan form – is a reasonably rare thing. A Saab 9-4x is even rarer because GM pulled the manufacturing rug out from under Saab’s feet pretty soon after production commenced.
The genuine rocking-horse-poo rarity award, however, has to go to the Saab 9-5 SportCombi, or wagon, in common parlance. Only 27 of them received serial numbers and they were never officially sold by Saab Automobile to paying customers. They were eventually sold at auction by Saab’s bankruptcy administrators to various cashed-up enthusiasts, a number of whom have done the hard yards to register them in various countries around Europe.
Given it’s rarity, then, any NG Saab 9-5 SportCombi is of definite interest to a Saab fan. But at what price?
Well, one that’s just come up for sale might just be the genuine unicorn amongst the bunch and the seller’s asking a pretty penny for it, too. This is not only one-of-just-twenty-seven made (#21, actually), it’s reported to be the only one with a V6 engine.
This will be an interesting sale to watch and therefore gauge the collectability of rare Saabs. There would have been a reasonable cost incurred in purchasing this car and getting it complied for registration. But will anyone be willing to shell out the €84155 asking price? That’s €70,000 plus 19% VAT so it’s possible a non-European might pick it up VAT-free, but then they might not be able to drive it and that’s a lot of money for a show car with minimal established show appeal outside Saab circles.
As mentioned, the car has a 300hp V6 engine, coupled to an automatic transmission. It’s finished in Java Brown Metallic with black full leather interior. Those with a keen eye will also spot the XWD badge on the rear tailgate AND a Hirsch badge, too. It’s an Aero model and seems to be carrying every bit of equipment that Saab could pack into the car. It has leather steering wheel, satnav, 20-inch Hirsch wheels (original 18″ wheels come with it, too), Xenon headlamps and Saab’s optional U-rail system in the back.
The car seems to have enjoyed an active life already, having clocked up some 50,000kms on its odometer.
This Saab 9-5 XWD Aero SportCombi is currently for sale in Germany. The ad is online at mobile.de.
Kudos to the guys at Saabworld for spotting it.