The (current) dream cars of Saab

Of course, dream cars were built in the Stallbacka. But Saab is no longer, and yet found in the past week, several dream cars of this brand in the media. Remarkable? Definitely! A very special career put on the convertibles at the moment. Prices are stable or rising across the board. And even 8 years after the end of production, some cars achieve true maximum prices.

Saab 9-3 Griffin Aero Sky Blue Edition
Saab 9-3 Griffin Aero Sky Blue Edition. Image: Auto Leitner

So it seems, regardless of all the discussions around the car, to give quite people who want to drive Saab. And just this brand. And who are willing to transfer a substantial amount to the account of the merchant. An example of this came in the last few days from our neighbors in the Netherlands.

Saab 9-3 Griffin Aero Sky Blue Edition

A cabriolet with the bulky name Saab 9 3 Griffin Aero Blue Sky Edition was for sale since 2017 in the Netherlands -from model year 2012, according to the Swedish Press reports 2012 was already advertised at Blocket for a little over 40.000 €. Car Leitner in the Netherlands has been offering the rare and extravagant Saab for around 2 years for 57.500,00 €. Last week, the Aero was sold to a lover for supposedly 59.500,00 €.

The story behind it is simply told and not quite as it seems at first glance. The factory did not have the "Griffin Aero SkyBlue Edition". The car was originally built as a regular Aero Griffin Cabriolet for model year 2012 in the color "Sky Blue" in the factory. Later, at ANA in Trollhättan, once the largest Saab dealer in the world, conversions with performance enhancement and deer accessories were made. The modification, which was made on private initiative, does not make it a factory edition. But still an exclusive convertible.

Saab 9-5 NG sportswear RHD
Saab 9-5 NG sportswear RHD, left in the picture while pilots wanted 2014.

Saab 9-5 NG sportswear RHD

A piece of automotive and Saab history is for sale in Kiel. The only remaining pre-series 9-5 Sport Kombi right hand drive is looking for a new owner. The current owner lives in the US, importation and licensing to the United States is legally impossible.

To drive his station wagon, he flew to Germany for the 2 annual meetings. Living Saab passion is called that well. And the separation is probably not easy, but is a result of pure reason. Because what about a car on the other side of the Atlantic?

The TiD station wagon in linear equipment is the last survivor of once 4 right-hand drive pre-production models. On the speedometer are just 6.400 kilometers, almost continuously parked the Saab in the showroom in Kiel. The vehicle is moved regularly and from the dealership Lafrentz expertly maintained. The price expectations of the owner start loudly from 35.000 €. Potential buyers who are interested in a genuine single item from Sweden can ask for details in Kiel.

Right-handers are not in such high demand on the continent for understandable reasons. In the last few years, Lafrentz was already thinking about a conversion. The steering wheel on the "right" side would increase interest and price. Apart from the very high effort, the operation would also be a destruction of automotive heritage.

The term dream car is defined by dreams. You have them, you can fulfill them. Or not. There is also the term "national car project". That, too, has something to do with dreams. Such projects existed in the distant past, for example in the former Yugoslavia or Iran. The success of these ideas was usually manageable and remained territorially limited.

The 9-3 prototypes 2015
The 9-3 prototypes 2015

The national, turkish dream car

In a globalized world, a "National Car Project" somehow smells like 50er or 60er years ago. And yet it exists. Turkey bought the 2015 in the year Rights on the Saab 9-3 from NEVS to make it their national car. In a development partnership with the Swedes, the 2020 9-3 should be launched at the latest.

But then it became quiet. For several years.

Now the Turkish car spaces are back. Still 2019, so reports the Auto-Motor-Sport, are the first prototypes roll, 2022 then go into production, with 500 kilometers of electrical range. Many hundred jobs could be created, 85% of the components will be of Turkish origin. And of course the electric car should be internationally competitive.

However, the basis of the national self-experiment will be almost 1 / 4 century old, including testing and planning. If successful, that would be a comeback record. But with regard to the economic realities on the Bosporus, one can remain skeptical with a clear conscience.

21 thoughts too "The (current) dream cars of Saab"

  • Thank you for this very interesting information! Very interesting are also the detail backgrounds in this special case for the upgrade of the convertible at ANA.

    Unfortunately, I did not know that the Sky blue convertible was for sale throughout 2017. I had always thought that it was sold 2017 and now 2019 after an existence as a garage car again on the market. I had only found an old ad from 2017 on the net and then it was no longer on Leitner's side until it reappeared in April 2019. Otherwise I would have liked to see the jewel in Natura (of course not to buy it).

    The price seems crazy, BUT: It is almost a new car, built in large parts by hand (!) And a worldwide unique piece. In addition, it has for me the most beautiful equipment (the seats!) And a brilliant, rare color. I'm not a fan of the eternal black-gray-silver-gemuschels. Unfortunately, the orange of the Anniversary was not my favorite color either.

    AND: The Griffin Convertible is my opinion (still) the nicest four-seat current (that's exactly what I mean!) Real convertible that drives on our streets. There is nothing better! Just think of the totally misproportionate A5, especially from behind totally failed Mercedes models or the 6er BMW convertible - the latter is really a design disaster!

    With all the extras and in view of the above, I find 60 T Euro then again completely ok

    BUT: Can / should / should one drive such a single piece, of which there will never be more sisters, at all? Or you just have to do it? A very difficult question for the proud owner!

    • The question is good. Very good even and also valid for the 9-5 NG SC RHD ...

      Personally, I would not trust any of them in traffic. Even less, to park one of the two in public. But I would rejoice like a snow king if someone else did it and I would see her someday and somewhere 😉

  • The convertible is a dream. And worth every penny!

  • The convertible a dream ..., almost too bad to expose it to the "normal traffic".
    Congratulations to the new owner! Have fun with it.

  • Great convertible! Great color for an open Saab. I've looked at it a hundred times, but the price kept me from looking at it 😉

    • Yes, me too - and timely download all 60 photos! 🙂 For me the perfect convertible. I would just want to have other rims and find the dashboard, the Schaltknüppelumrandung titanium look (as in my black convertible :-)) more beautiful than in carbon. But that is a matter of personal preference. In any case, Saab had significantly upgraded the 9-3 with the Griffin with a few changes and created an aesthetic work of art! 🙂 Even from the inside much nicer (eg without this circumferential silver stripe on the dashboard) and with significantly more valuable material appearance. It is sooooo sad that there have been so few of them. 🙁

      You continue to enjoy the new 9-3 X!

      • Thank you!
        The white 9-3X comes close to a dream Saab and has not cost a fortune. But now he has to stay home. The Saab Festival is driven by the Lime Convertible. Often you also spend a few sunny days in Trollhättan 🙂

        • In summer to Sweden of course only with convertible! 🙂 The lime color I found then, when it was offered, rather getting used to - but now just awesome, especially in the sunshine !! Unfortunately, my black open beauty must stay in Northern Germany next weekend, as I can not accompany her to Sweden for the festival. 😉 A pity! I hope to see you next time ?! Have a good trip - I'm sure it'll start soon - have fun and lots of sun! 🙂

          • Yes, tonight and then always north, to the festival and then on to the North Cape, via Finland and ferry back to Germany. The lime we can do it ... .., hopefully!

  • ... and I had a "guilty conscience" two years ago when I got a 900 Convertible, BJ '89 - with 14.800 km and 1minus state. It was my most expensive purchase with 23.500 Euro, but every kilometer is pure enjoyment.
    And above all, no retiree silver, anonymous dark blue or other uncoloured.

    But also the 96, Bj. 79, makes joy and spares any Mucki-Bude due to the heavy steering.

    Even then, Saab built dream cars, at least for a few seeking alternatives.

    Have fun with your sweetheart wishes Uli

    • These are undoubtedly also dream cars!
      If I could choose one of the ones mentioned today, then it would actually be your 1-minus convertible. Or maybe the 9-3X from Hans? In any case, it would be a nice SAAB that I also dare to drive - not unique and exhibit, which leaves me frozen in awe ...

    • I am a retiree and proud owner of a "Rentersilver colored" Cabriolet 2.0 T Vector! Every summer I'm looking forward to exits with my Rentercar

      • A CLASSIC …

        ... the automotive and technical color palette. Silver and metal, aluminum and steel, that always fits and fits like a fist in the eye. There are other colors that are subject to fashions that will shake your head again or shake in a few years ...

        The latest craze in color experimentation is astonishingly reliable the shame of tomorrow.

      • HEIJO13

        A wonderfully finely pointed commentary about which I had a great time! 🙂 A great convertible that you are justifiably proud of! And the special thing is already the chic Saab convertible, especially since I find the contrast between black soft top and silver body sexy.

        Silvery was in recent years in Germany, but just felt almost every car, from the smallest junk car to the giant sleigh. But I mean, that has shifted in the meantime in the direction of the great "color" black.

        Anyway, silver used to be THE classic sports car color, just think of the Mercedes pagoda, Sean Connery as 007 with the silver Aston Martin, James Dean with his Porsche, etc. A classic longing for metal, like Herbert correctly determines, and speed .. Also in this respect it fits great to the sporty beautiful Saab convertible! And certainly much better for road traffic than Sky Blue.

        In this sense, I wish you many wonderful exits - and we all have a convertible-suitable summer! 🙂

        • Well observed. Black is the new silver. After all, a classic too ...

          But before we had the wide range of all possible and impossible reds, which had brought together in the first place of statistics. Some varnish already caused me almost physical pain.

          The subsequent silver wave, I felt as a return and healing ...

  • If you buy the Combi you should leave it as it is, because the car if it is moved anyway only for Sunday driving would be moved, you can certainly live with the right-hand drive.
    The convertible is beautiful and worth the money because of the uniqueness, but I would rather then buy a "normal" convertible from 2008, and then make a Griffinumbau. Maybe then also in this color or in amber orange foil. Come one then cheaper

    • Yes, such a Griffin imitation is of course cheaper. But the real Griffins, if you can find one, even have some other advantages over the previous model, which are not all to get a visual approximation. For example, significantly improved engines that consume significantly less with better performance, emit less CO2 (Euro 5 instead of 4), cost less taxes, etc. Also, it's a real after-GM! 🙂

      And foil? Is that so easy? You can certainly see it on the insides of the doors. And in the convertible, the exterior paint also runs into the interior, until about 20 cm below the window goes on the inside of the doors, the sheet in the exterior paint. I can not imagine that you would get an acceptable result with foil.

  • The SC and the CV are both beautiful vehicles, and it is to be hoped that they will not disappear in a collection of rough objects, but enrich the daily streetscape of mainstream VW's, BMW's, Audi's and so on. A Saab was built for the roads and not for the garage or showroom. ... I'm glad that every day I see a few Saab in Dresden, and smile at it.

  • I have a 2007 Saab 9-3 silver convertible that I originally bought in the US so it has a 2.8l engine.
    It only has 56,000km and is in perfect condition. I have been the only owner.
    I am looking to sell it I will not be able to take it to Australia when I move there in September.
    Can anyone give me some idea of ​​what it might be worth?
    Any help appreciTed!

    • Very difficult ...

      Perfect condition and low milage. That's just great.
      Originally bought in the US. But where is it now and where do you want it?

      Anyway, to some people your convertible is worth next to nothing. And it is finger licking good and means the world to others. Try to sell it within the SAAB community to make the most of it in any sense ...


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