There are cars whose history you know. They accompany you for years, unexpectedly appear again and again. The Saab Independence Cabriolet number 14 is one of them. The first contact was made at 5,6 km. The Saab was still very young and stood in the exhibition space of the Frankfurt branch.
It was probably one of the last new cars, a rarity. Only 6 of them came to Germany and I took the opportunity to take some pictures. With the bankruptcy of Saab in Sweden and the Frankfurt branch, the convertible also disappeared from the scene. I didn't know where it was being sold to. Until a few weeks ago ...
Independence Cabriolet number 14 appears.
Auf dem Marketplace An Independence Cabriolet from the 1st German Saab Club was introduced. Ironically, number 14 was back. With just a few kilometers, a little sensation. Could that be real? I was interested in the story behind the Saab, which is still a new car.
It is a story that is typical of Saab. It tells of loyalty that car brands can only dream of in the present. The owner had 7 vehicles from Trollhättan during his lifetime. Starting with a 900 Turbo, then a 9000 CSE, a 9000 CD and then a 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo. This was followed by a 9-5 Aero station wagon and a 9-5 Aero deer. Finally, the Independence Cabriolet came to the yard.
Everything was great cars, says the owner. Probably each has its own story to tell. Just like at the very beginning with the Saab 900 Turbo. His wife was pregnant and a serious accident happened while traveling in Norway. Everything went well because you drove Saab. That connects.
Now bond ends, a story comes to an end. Saab has accompanied him all his life, but not in the future. The 9-5 Aero Hirsch has already been sold, the Independence Cabriolet is now the last Saab in the house. The speedometer is actually only 1.257 kilometers. Totally crazy! But they are easy to explain and understandable.
Two maintenance in Frankfurt, two private excursions with the convertible. As a rule, it is covered and dry in a garage, the owner lacks the time. It has hardly been moved for 3 years, it should be in good hands.
What can Independence Cabriolet number 14 cost?
Now it's getting difficult. There were 6 copies for Germany. 38 instead of 366 were built. I will give you the exact list soon. The Independence Edition is therefore very rare. In contrast to the rare sports suits of the pre-series, which are similarly rare, but mobile and unproblematic.
In the background is the story of Independence Day, the grandiose idea of celebrating it annually. The thing about the mythical little manufacturer who is fighting for its independence. That weighs heavily, and it's hard to ignore when talking about this car.
Add to that the low mileage, the new car status. Since there will hardly be another comparable copy and only a number 14, pricing is difficult. The owner calls € 55.000 as a basis for negotiation. I think that's fair, not too expensive. Especially not for a vehicle with a historical background. And which new car today could offer something similar?