A piece of Swedish history can now be yours.
The chance to own the final example of any specific car does not come up often. When it does, the historically significant example usually sells for a high sum, like the last C7 generation Chevrolet Corvette (which sold for $2.7 million). Now, a rare opportunity has arisen where you can own the last Saab ever produced without spending a small fortune. The final Saab - a 2014 9-3 Aero painted in silver - is currently listed for sale by auction site Bilweb.
It is being sold by a Chinese-owned car company NEVS (New Electric Vehicle Sweden), an automaker currently producing electric vehicles based on the old 9-3 to rival the Tesla Model 3. NEVS produced 420 9-3s from 2013 to 2014 and this one was initially designated as a crash test vehicle before being saved. It no longer wears Saab's griffin logo because NEVS doesn't have the rights to it but in every other way, this car is identical to the 9-3s built before Saab went out of business.
The odometer shows just 66 kilometers (41 miles), meaning the car is brand new. Unsurprisingly, this means the last 9-3 has been given Bilweb's highest score of five for Technical condition, Condition interior, Exterior condition, and Condition (overall). NEVs has even left on the factory plastic covering the kick plate so it doesn't get damaged prior to delivery.
Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoTec four-cylinder from General Motors producing 220 horsepower mated to an automatic transmission. As with most previous Saab models, the ignition is placed on the center console rather than on the steering column.
NEVs only built the 2013 and 2014 9-3 in black and silver, selling the car as a Limited Edition in Europe and China as a low-volume manufacturer. We doubt the 9-3 would be eligible to import into the United Staes but Bilweb predicts it will sell for a reasonable amount - between $35,000 and $45,000.