This is a piece of Swedish history.
Remember Saab, that quirky Swedish automaker that used to run advertisements about how its cars were born from fighter jets? The brand went bust back in 2010 after its parent company General Motors grew tired of losing money from the brand. It was later purchased by Dutch sports car maker Spyker, who failed to keep Saab alive.
Saab last made an appearance in the news when a company called NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) purchased the tooling for the 9-3 to build a new electric car with a 186-mile range. The new electric car looks just like a Saab 9-3 but is technically badged as a NEVS. You may not have been able to buy a brand-new Saab for several years, but that is about to change.
NEVS has announced it will auction off the final production Saab 9-3 ever built. Officially, Saab stopped producing the 9-3 back in 2011, but NEVS resumed production of the gas-powered car in December 2013. NEVS produced 420 cars from 2013 to 2014, and this is the last one from the batch.
The Swedish company didn't post any photos of the actual car but did specify that it is a silver 9-3 Aero Turbo sedan with a 220 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's mated to an automatic transmission. It was initially designated as a crash test vehicle but was parked with just 3.1 miles on the odometer. Unless some sort of miracle occurs, this will be the last Saab ever built.
NEVS says the 9-3 is a 2014 model-year vehicle, meaning it is newer than any used Saab currently on the market. The car will be on display in Trollhattän, Sweeden for the town's Saab Car Museum Festival celebration before being auctioned off. A company spokesperson said NEVS is considering what it will do with the proceeds from the auction and could donate them to charity. This could be your last chance to own a piece of Swedish automotive history.