The future hopes of Saab seem to have been crushed under the weight of insolvency, and that's going to translate into reality as about 100 Saab cars lingering on the production lines are cubed up into scrap metal croutons. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that the vehicular carnage will ensue over the next 48 hours as the death rattle from Trollhättan gets ever louder.

Why squish a bunch of orphan cars? Autocar reports that the move is part of the receivership process. Headed for the gallows are cars finished before the money completely dried up, including some 9-4X crossovers and pre-production 9-5 Estates.

While the Saab museum is currently closed and facing an unclear future, Autocar reports a single 9-5 Estate is being kept around for later exhibition. That report would appear to conflict somewhat with word that Saab's 120-car museum collection is being liquidated. According to BringATrailer, bids are due to bankruptcy attorneys by this Friday, January 20, so if you're interested, get going. Brand fan site SaabsUnited has details, too, including how you might be able to have someone scrutinize your would-be purchase in-person.

Even in the land of the midnight sun, and despite the hopes of so many of the brand's fans, it looks like the last flicker of twilight coming from Saab has been nearly extinguished.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      So cruel to crush those cars.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      sad
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always a sad day for me when an automaker is lost.
      Glynn Hadskey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like there a a few Cadillac BLS's in the parking lot. Maybe they can send those to the crusher too.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      How sad, that completed cars will be crushed. Sure there's a home for them somewhere?
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      IKEA should buy it. I like the idea of a quality and inexpensive car that I'd partially have to assemble myself. Flat pack cars...genius. Might be able to undercut Tata! Plus, you can get a meatball dinner while car shopping. Seriously, Volvo and their Chinese overlords should pick up the scraps, at very least the name. It would keep it Swedish and then adapt some of the quirlky deisgn features like the older 9-5 onto Vovlo a chassis, which will save serious cash rather than developing a new platform. For the niche market of both of these automakers occupy, it would be a win-win.
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dare I say this is worse than Tiger Wood's wife bulldozing their $12 mansion. It's a shame GM didn't care that much about Saab towards the end yet made it nearly impossible for them to be bought by another company.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @merlot066
        No doubt that GM hurt the Saab brand, but you can't blame them for not allowing the Chinese to access their intellectual property.
      harlanx6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have they ever heard of having an "as is" auction? There are some Saab fans out there, and some collectors who would like the last car to come off the aasembly line for their collection.
      Schmi5f5
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another sad part to the story. It is a true shame that such a marque was killed off and is being disposed of like a piece of trash. The fact is though, that there were business decisions made with a lot of logic and numbers and we may have made the same decisions if we were in those business shoes. It's hard though because we also have the emotional connection to the brand. We can still do our part though by preserving the cars out there. BringATrailer has had quite a few vintage SAAB models recently. Hopefully the existing automakers can continue on their way to producing cars with the similar quality and character that SAAB was known for.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a shame SAAB didn't last. I wonder who will buy their manufacturing site?
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        It would be interesting if the new GM bought it. They said they want to produce more Chevy's in Europe.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        Gonna be a tough sell...Sweden is not exactly an inexpensive place to manufacture goods...
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder if the Swedes have a version of taps?
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I feel bad about watching such a quirky (pre-GM anyways) and generally nicely styled automaker slowly taken apart, I wonder if most people feel the same as me. "Is it sad seeing Saab go?" Yes, definitely! They've had such history... ...jets.. ...rallying... ...always torque steer, but it's ok because... "So would you buy one?" Uhhhh... not really.
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