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Saab Museum saved by Trollhattan not going anywhere

Saab has some good news finally. To be honest, it is great news! The historic and world-famous Saab museum in Trollhattan, is not going anywhere. It has been bought by the city of Trollhattan, Saab AB, and the Wallenberg foundation.

In case anyone has forgotten, Saab filed for bankruptcy protection on December 19th, 2011. The company was trying to secure financing from Youngman Lotus and a Chinese bank, so it might survive. However, GM blocked the deal at the last minute. GM still owns some technology licenses that Saab has. GM blocked the deal, because they feared the technology would go to the Chinese.

Due to going into bankruptcy Saab was forced to put up for sale the historic Trollhattan museum. The sale of 126 historic Saab vehicles was going to go to private collectors and the highest bidders for these vehicles. The bankruptcy administrators felt this would allow bankruptcy proceedings to continue by raising funds to cover the court costs.

It seems that is definitely the case as the three organizations, the city of Trollhattan, Saab AB, and the Wallenberg foundation, have put up 28 million Swedish kronor to buy the entire collection of historic Saab automobiles. (28 million kronor is roughly equivalent to $4.13 million US dollars).

The museum will remain in Trollhattan, and will be run by the city and the regional government. Supposedly a collection of Saab enthusiasts will help run the museum as well, making sure all the cars stay in good shape for eager visitors.


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