While we're on the subject of unusual cars in Scandinavia...
The Saab liquidation auctions are still going on, including a round on Dec. 15&16 in Tjörn, Sweden, which, really? Wow, it's like BF Gothenburg, a little less than halfway to my new favorite Swedish city, Trollhattan. But this is really just me stalling to avoid the depressing news.
Because as Saab was struggling to find money and/or a buyer to stay alive in 2011, they were also unveiling a very fine-looking new wagon, the 2012 9-5 SportCombi, which was all ready to go, just waiting for someone's, anyone's check to clear before. Swedish factory operators are standing by!
And no. The SportCombi never made it to market, in the US or anywhere. Just 33 SportCombis were produced before the whole Saab story came to an end. Six of those, we're told, were destroyed in testing. Of the remaining 27, 18 are included among the 69 leftovers being sold at the Dec. 15 auction. [The Geneva show car seems to be among the missing.]
They come in various trim levels and engine/transmission configurations, including 180hp 4-cylinders and 190hp 4-cyl diesels, up to a 300hp Turbo6. There are many XWDs, and a few 6-speed automatics, but mostly 6-speed manuals. They're all EU-spec. There's just one RHD example. Kilometrage ranges from 2k-45k; with a few exceptions, the condition seems pretty solid-to-excellent.
And they're all being sold as deregistered "used test cars," with no EU Certificate of Conformity, which must "absolutely not be driven on the road."
Saab Auction, Dec. 15-16 [kvdauctions via dt]
Geneva 2011 | Saab 9-5 SportCombi specs revealed for US [autoblog]