Approximately 900 low-mileage Saabs are scheduled to cross the auction block over the next couple of weeks. The cars were seized by Ally Financial last January when Saab Cars North America missed crucial payments in the wake of Saab's bankruptcy.
Enthusiast website Saabworld.net reports that a vast majority of the cars are currently stored outdoors at ports in Newark, New Jersey, Port Hueneme, California, and Brunswick, Georgia. About half of them are 9-5 sedans, 400 are 9-3 sedans, 60 are 9-3 SportCombis, a dozen are 9-3 convertibles and 28 are 9-4X SUVs.
300 Saabs will cross the block when the first auction takes place on June 28th of this year. The auction is not open to the public and only Saab dealers located in the United States are eligible to bid on the cars.
600 more Saabs will be auctioned off later this summer. They will be split up into six lots of 100 units and the auction will only be open to rental car companies and auto exporters, meaning that the cars will not immediately end up on dealer lots in the U.S.
The 900 cars are billed as some of the last cars to come out of Saab's TrollhÃ¤ttan, Sweden factory before it shut its doors. The very last Saab ever built, a white 9-3 sedan, was purchased by donations from Saab fans all over the world and is currently on display in the Saab museum.
Photo taken by Saabworld.net