One of one: 2012 Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Cabriolet Sky Blue Edition
I am a total sucker for classic cars, but also have a deep love for the recently defunct Swedish brand, Saab. I own two of them and cherish every moment I am behind the wheel of these machines. Saab people are some of the coolest car people I ever met. With the recent demise of the brand now there are lots of talk about the Saabs being auctioned from either port storage in the US, or former factory cars like the gorgeous Saab 9-5 SportCombi that never saw the inside of a dealer showroom.
Well, this one is truly unique. This is the 2012 Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Cabriolet Sky Blue Edition. Quite a name for a a one of one car, that has an interesting story. After the Saab factory in Trollhättan stopped producing Saabs in 9 June 2011 there were a number of cars left on the production line in various stages of incompleteness. This car was one of them. The cars were then received by Swedish dealership in the world, ANA of Trollhättan, and underwent final assembly and inspection as any regular Saab would.
Three of those cars were chosen to be made into special cars, a 9-3 Aero Sedan, a 9-3 Aero SportCombi and a 9-3 Cabriolet. All three were painted in this beautiful shade of metallic blue, and given pretty much the fully loaded treatment. This car received Saab’s state of the art direct-injection 2.0 liter turbo charged BioPower four cylinder engine, putting out 220 horsepower, the same engine that graced the base version of the New Generation 9-5. All available factory options were installed on the machine such as rain sensing windshield wipers, reverse sensors, electric seats with memory function, Xenon headlights with cornering lights, integrated Bluetooth hands free, Saab navigation system, etc.
Also installed was all the equipment present on the 9-3 Griffin Independence Edition, such as a orange turbo needle that looked like the one on the Classic Saab 900 Turbo, Hirsch leather interior with contrasting white stitches, 19 inch BBS wheels, etc. A full compliment of Hirsch upgrades were installed to the exterior and interior, like carbon fiber inserts, as well as a Hirsch exhaust were installed. Basically if Saab or Hirsch made something or this car it was installed. Truly unique. As a final touch both rear side windows had “Sky Blue Edition Nr 001/001” etched onto the glass.
The current owner bought the car from ANA Trollhättan and drove it for 250 kilometers in the summer, says the car was driven once in the rain. Now the car is up for auction, with bids starting at 400,000 Swedish krona, around 60,000 US dollars. I have very little doubt this car will not sell at that auction price. There are plenty of Saab collectors in Sweden and some in other European countries that might want this car, one of the last Saab cars made, to grace their collection.It’s a beautiful, unique car that punctuates Saab’s tragic history all too well.
Jump to the Swedish site Blocket to see the car’s ad: 2012 Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Cabriolet Sky Blue Edition.
Full ad translation to English posted at Saab World.