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2012-01-26 09:44

BANKRUPT AUTOMAKER: Swedish automaker Saab has been selling off its assets, the latest of which includes its museum.

Stockholm, Sweden - The entire museum of the bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab is up for sale as part of the company's liquidation, with the collection spanning the entire history of the manufacturer.

The museum, situated in the Swedish town of Trollhaetten, has some 120 cars dating back to the first Saab 92001 of 1947 to the Aero-X concept car showcased at motor shows in 2006.

The first Saab prototype 92001 sported a black livery with an aerodynamic wing-shaped profile. Saabs became an icon in the 1960s with a string of rally victories. Fans loved the unique design that set it apart from other vehicles, its sporty handling and comfortable ride.

BANKRUPTCY

With the launch of the 9000 Turbo in 1984, Saab entered the premium market segment. In the 1990s, the 9-3 models and - especially the Saab 9-3 Convertible - were popular, but the cars never managed to dent the market share held by other premium manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Efforts to save the niche car manufacturer failed after it was separated from the parent company General Motors. Saab filed for bankruptcy in December 2011.


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