By on August 13, 2009

Swedish supercar builders Koenigsegg wants to “liberate” Saab from GM. To that end, Mr. Koenigsegg and his partner Bård Eker assembled a group of investors to back their play. Publicly, only one other name was attached to the Koenigsegg Group (KG) proposal: Mark Bishop. Bishop is an unlikely auto magnate; a publicity shy California wheeler-dealer with a dubious past in the sub-prime mortgage CDO re-bundling business. Bishop reportedly held a 22 percent stake in KG. No more. As TTAC predicted, the Swedes have shown Bishop the lucka.

Bishop’s exorcism began last Friday. A Swedish newspaper reported that the Koenigsegg-Saab deal was in danger; some of the KG investors wanted out. Allegedly, they were unhappy at the prospect of losing their silent partner status. The association with Bishop was, shall we say, unhelpful.

Come Monday, reported that Bishop was skål. According to Swedish carsite, Bishop withdrew from KG due to “too much, and unwanted attention around his name.” It’s not known if he received any compensation for somehow insinuating himself into Sweden’s post-GM plans for Saab. And, boy, would we like to hear that story.

According to Saab and government spokesfolk, the deal carries on as planned. KG met with the government on Tuesday to “clear all questions” surrounding KG’s financing and future plans for the dead-in-the-water automaker. All sides are still shooting for a September closing date.

Mr. Bishop was unavailable for comment.

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