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Saab Museum collection is rescued, James Bond's 900 Turbo saved

24-Jan-2012 • Collecting

As MI6 reported last week, the entire collection of Saab automobiles held by the company's museum in Sweden was put up for auction as the bankrupt automaker was being liquidated. James Bond's 1981 Saab 900 Turbo, nicknamed the "silver beast", which featured in John Gardner's continuation novels, was one of the historical cars up for auction.

TorqueNews reports today that the museum is not going anywhere. It has been bought by the city of Trollhattan, Saab AB, and the Wallenberg foundation.

As the site reminds readers, "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".

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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