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Swedes band together to save Saab museum car collection

Consumer Reports News: January 25, 2012 12:23 PM

Reports of the death of the official Saab museum in Sweden turned out to be premature—even ours.

In an 11th-hour save, a Swedish consortium came up with the highest bid for the museum’s contents to keep it intact. The group includes philanthropists Knut and Alice Wallenberg, the city of Trollhattan (historical home to Saab planes and cars), the company’s independent progenitor Saab AB.

In addition to preserving the entire collection, the pact will allow some of the most iconic Saabs, such as the original or “UrSaab,” to travel to other museums. Such exchanges may include a cross-town ride to the Swedish national museum, which is also in Trollhattan. Once final payment is made, the local city and county governments will assume control of the museum.

In recent weeks, there have been similarly teasing reports of last-ditch efforts by a Chinese automaker to save the whole company. That story has the automaker teetering on the edge of dissolution, but the latest word is that two Indian automakers are now reportedly interested. We’re getting ahead of ourselves... and please excuse us, but we’ve heard all of this before. Rest assured, we’ll report on the final outcome.

For now, we’re glad the Saab museum collection will remain intact and that the home town will retain its heritage.

UrSaab photo courtesy of the Saab Museum in Trollhattan, Sweden.

Eric Evarts

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