2011 Saab 9-5 Vector – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Could the now-extinct Saab become a future collectible?

This is something a bit different, a bit… newer.

But if you’re after a daily driver with a bit of classic narrative, perhaps this now-extinct Saab might be up your alley.

It’s a stark realisation that it’s already been seven years since Saab shuttered its doors for good.

They were a pioneering brand dedicated to innovation and engineering, and while the end product may have seemed stale to some, underneath they were anything but.

With its beginnings in aerospace, the Swedish brand were unrivalled in their engineering and development pursuits which ultimately landed them in financial hot water by the late 2000s.

Even when bailed out and tasked with badge-engineering old GM products, the Swedes were blowing out budget and spending huge development dollars improving what they saw as inferior products.

In 2012 GM pulled the plug, and after a few potential buyers came and went (a promising buyout by a Chinese company was blocked by GM), the brand as we knew it was dead. A brand so dedicated to its own pursuit of engineering excellence, it eventually ran into the ground.

While it may not look like much, this 2011 Saab 9-5 Vector is actually quite a rare car! Just 43 were brought to Australia, this one having covered just 130,000kms.

Arctic white-over beige leather interior, the car presents well and is fitted with all the modern amenities such as electric seats, keyless entry, satnav, Bluetooth, automatic headlights and more.

The listing states the car is owned by a "genuine Saab enthusiast". That might be a phrase you haven’t heard before, but there’s a few very active Saab owner’s clubs; such as the Saab Car Club of Australia whose members are a wealth of knowledge and resources regarding which independents to go to for servicing and parts sourcing.

It’s worth mentioning that the Saab 9-5 started at $71,990 when new, with the top-spec setting you back $94,900. This now-extinct Swede is listed for $15,999.

It’s based in Perth, and you can check out the full listing here!

 

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