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  • Fourth batch of new Saabs located at U.S. ports to be auctioned August 30, 2012

    Ally Financial released information obtained by Saabworld today. An edited version is as follows:

    78 new 2011 Saabs will be sold via SmartAuction on August 30th. Vehicles sold with Michigan resale titles.

    The sale is open to U.S. Saab dealerships registered with SmartAuction and standard auction sales fees will apply. The auction starts 9:00 am Thursday, August 30th and ends the same afternoon at 2:30 pm Eastern time.


    The only 9-3 with manual transmission in Port Hueneme that is being offered in this auction. Curiously, it already has a dealer front license plate frame but has only 17 miles on the odometer.

    The last auction was described at this link. SaabWorld - Ally Financial plans third auction of new Saab stuck at the port next week The minimum bid is half of the retail price (MSRP) plus auction fees of approximately $300 and dealer arranged and funded shipping.

    Based on the number of cars previously auctioned and the previously announced plan to auction 300 cars in the U.S., this may be the second to last batch to be auctioned.

    UPDATE: The cars available in this auction are as follows:
    9-3 SportCombi
    Newark
    (3) automatic
    (1) automatic, 9-3X, Glacier Silver

    Port Hueneme
    (2) automatic 9-3X, Glacier Silver and Diamond Silver
    (6) automatic

    9-3 Aero
    Newark
    (1) automatic, Glacier Silver
    (1) manual, Jet Black

    Port Hueneme
    (1) manual, Carbon Gray

    9-3
    Newark
    (8) automatic, XWD
    (8) automatic
    (4) manual, 3 with moonroofs and comfort package/Laser Red without

    Port Hueneme
    (17) automatic, including 4 with center rear headrests
    (1) manual, Carbon Gray, no comfort package, no moonroof

    9-4X, all are automatic, XWD, and Birch White
    (1) 9-4X, Port Hueneme
    (1) 9-4X Premium, Port Hueneme
    (1) 9-4X Aero, Newark

    9-5 automatic (except as noted)
    Newark
    (3) Aero
    (4) 9-5 Premium
    (1) 9-5 Premium, manual, Black
    (3) 9-5 V-6

    Port Hueneme
    (1) Aero, Oak
    (1) 9-5, Black
    (1) 9-5 manual, Black
    (9) 9-5 Premium

    Two 9-5 cars at Port Hueneme have over 200 miles but all other cars have few miles.

    It seems that 4 9-3 cars with center rear headrests are being offered. One similarly equipped car was offered in a previous auction. Although common in several countries, this is rarely found in Saab 9-3 cars made for the United States and was not offered as an option according to the Saab Cars North America website (now redirected to the Saab parts corporate website).
    This article was originally published in blog: Fourth batch of new Saabs located at U.S. ports to be auctioned August 30, 2012 started by Dave T
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. NordWulf's Avatar
      NordWulf -
      Perhaps the car in the picture was shipped to the dealer and then back to Port Hueneme? Saab OC closed their doors before Saab finally went into bankruptcy.

      I was looking on cars.com and some dealers show a large inventory of new Saabs bought through a special purchase. Preowned-Inventory-2 Blue Grass Saab Louisville KY
    1. CarbonFlash's Avatar
      CarbonFlash -
      So where exactly did all the previously sold Saabs go? A list of dealers and what was the price for each vehicle vs. the opening bid price? That has to be somewhere and should be published.
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