The collection, which included some of the most important Saabs ever built, including the very first Ursaab prototype from 1946, were being sold as part of the bankruptcy currently afflicting the automaker.
Reports have now emerged claiming the museum, at least, has been saved by Swedish interests.
Keen to see the museum and its list of 120 Saabs stay in Sweden, a group consisting of Saab AB (the separate aerospace and defense group), Trollhattan city council, and a foundation run by the Wallenberg family (former owners of the automaker) have offered to pay the estimated $4 million receivers were hoping to gain for the cars and the museum building’s lease.
The information was revealed by Trollhattan councilor Paul Akerlund on Radio Sweden, reports Fox News.
"I think it means a lot, it is a part of Trollhattan's soul,” Akerlund is reported to have said. “It is also a big tourist attraction.”
1946 Ursaab Prototype
There remains hope, however, that a buyer will step up and purchase the Saab brand. Several foreign groups have announced their interest, including former Chinese investor Youngman as well as Turkish private-equity group Brightwell.
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