They exist. The cars you never got. Sometimes they were too expensive, sometimes they didn't fit into life. Because station wagons had to be instead of coupes. Or they were simply never produced. Because the brand closes. Then it may be that the story lags behind for a long time. Like me, the thing with the Saab Midsommar special edition of the year 2012. A drama that has not been processed yet.
I have a soft spot for special car colors. Everything that yellow drives therefore triggers a certain reflex. When Saab launched the Independence Cabriolets in the fabulous shade of Amber Orange in 2011, I felt the same way. Or as this 9-5 appeared on the scene wearing an amber orange matt paint for test purposes. His rescue went wrong, he was dismantled and pressed into small, handy metal packages by heartless Swedes. But probably my action was doomed from the start.
My prospects for a Saab in amber orange in the summer of 2011 were quite specific. In Trollhättan they planned to democratize the color. Not only the wickedly expensive Independence Cabriolet should have it. No, normal Griffin models would also have worn Amber Orange.
Small mistake on the side? The tapes stopped.
It's been a few months, but there was still optimism. A few million, there was talk of 30, and the worst would be over and there would be new cars. The calculation didn't work out, but plans were made for the 2012 model year. Saab planned a Midsommar special edition to fuel the demand for the revised, but no longer fresh, 9-3. Based on the design of the Griffin models, it would have suddenly become colorful. Cabriolet, limousine and station wagon in bold amber orange. Quite in the old Saab tradition when there were optional bold colors to order.
Battle prices were planned for the edition. An almost fully equipped station wagon for around € 30.000, a convertible for € 34.000. Exclusive and individual - and not expensive. That could have worked. Definitely for me. Because I would have ordered one of these station wagons. With BioPower engine and ethanol in the tank.
The Saab Midsommar Edition never came
Production should begin after the summer break in 2011. You never did. The sun of the Midsommar Edition went down before its rays could reach the buyers. What remained in the end was almost nothing. In the end, it was just a draft Prospectus for the Saab Midsommar Edition. Not finalized, with weaknesses in the graphics and details. At some point it became clear that the problems were more profound and that it was a question of bare survival. No edition model came off the assembly line, the brochure remained as it was.
Regrettable. Mainly because it contained the courage that was lacking many years earlier. Color that stands out from the gray mass of automotive uniformity. Provide something for the eye and the heart, but remain affordable. Swedish avant-garde. Saab is still missing today. The Midsommar Edition would have been a good fit.