Where have they gone, the cars beyond the gray and black hues? La bella rossa - a laser red Saab Cabriolet, one of these stands out from the gray herd. A little courage to color - yes, of course. It puts a smile on our faces in everyday life. It's especially great when the love for the red convertible isn't expensive at all.
Saab 9-3 1.8t convertible
A Saab Cabriolet is a currency. At least, most of the time. The classic 900 with a fabric roof was and always is expensive. The facelift convertibles of the 9-3 II series are also. And whatever happens in between, there is at least hope for the classic status.
The prices for 9-3 II Cabriolets are high in Germany and some neighboring countries, maybe too high. For a facelift petrol engine with less than 100.000 kilometers you can easily put € 15.000 on the table. Depending on the equipment and performance, a bit more. But it is worth being vigilant. Because every now and then there are beautiful cars to discover at our neighbors at interesting prices.
A Saab 9-3 II Facelift Cabriolet for well under € 10.000? First registration 2008, only 58.000 kilometers on the clock, with premium leather and automatic on board, in very good, well-kept condition. There is that too. You just have to look to Italy, where such a Saab offered is.
The dealer, who otherwise has nothing to do with the Swedish brand, calls for just € 6.800. Unbelievable, you have to let that melt in your mouth. And it's better to start with what you don't get for it. The Saab 9-3 Vector is quite simply equipped. There is no xenon light, no navigation system.
As is so often the case with Italian vehicles, it also has no heated seats. Retrofitting them is time-consuming and expensive, sometimes postponed for psychological reasons. And it has the combination of 1.8t and automatic. This is beyond good, and neither happily coordinated, nor does it convey anything dynamic.
A Saab Cabriolet is a currency
To be happy with it, two things basically help. Either you are by nature a sedate, balanced character. Or you can have Hirsch Performance deliver an increase in performance. This puts the ratio of vehicle weight, power and 5-speed automatic back into the green area.
So what to do Driving to Italy somehow, breaking all Corona rules and triggering the laser red Swede with Austrian origin and residence in Italy? Or just transfer the money to the dealer in the hope that everything will be fine somehow?
Forget it! Of course, a Saab Cabriolet is a currency. And of course I couldn't write this text as quickly as the Saab was sold. A matter of a few hours and the opportunity was gone. You can get angry now or make bets as to where the red Saab will appear soon.
Either an Italian Saab fan has found happiness with him for the next summer.
Or a dealer recognized the opportunity and seized it. And offers it for a few friendly € more. Making money can be so easy.
With images from Gruppo Auto Po