DNA Collectibles shrinks the Saab 9-5 Aero Sportsuit Chrome Goggles

If life were fair, the Saab 9-5 "chrome glasses" would be the last real big Saab. The last with a real Saab engine and transmission, and designed by Saab engineers. Of course, fairness is rarely spoken of in life. In the case of the chrome glasses, the 9-5 NG spoiled the party at the last second.

After all, DNA Collectibles is now the third Saab 9-5 generation, after the original model and facelift, a miniaturized monument on a scale of 1:18. It was about time.

Saab in Arbor Green Metallic
Saab in Arbor Green Metallic

Because there are still many chrome glasses on the road in everyday life, the Saab is a real long-term car. It is a contradiction in terms. So the GM red pencil actually saved everything that could have been associated with premium or luxury. On the one hand. On the other hand, Saab actually gave the 9-5 a completely revised chassis. The third in the career of the model series.

While it is better to refrain from subjecting the materials in the interior to a closer inspection, you will be reconciled at the latest when the 9-5 Aero rolls towards the highway. The turbo engine marches, it's powerful and fun, and the chrome glasses are also a really good driving machine for long distances.

The miniature in (probably) ice blue metallic
The miniature in (probably) ice blue metallic

The chrome glasses from DNA Collectibles

The miniature from DNA Collectibles is as contradictory as the original. The first pictures of the pre-series, production is only expected in 12 months, raise questions.

Saab 9-5 Aero sports suit in silver
Saab 9-5 Aero sports suit in silver

There is the interior with black leather. That would be fine with ventilated seats. The button responsible for this is missing on the center console, instead you can see the Onstar button on the US models. However, the Aero US versions without ventilated seats also had the contrasting (bi-color) leather of European vehicles. Why is the leather of the model plain and not contrasting?

The models will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 4
The models will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 4

In addition, one detail stands out negatively. Because the original certainly didn't have the recognizable gap between the dashboard and the center console.

So the general question is, is the DNA miniature a US model, or a European version? The Onstar button speaks for the US model, but the missing US lights on the front.

The cockpit with detail weaknesses and Onstar button
The cockpit with detail weaknesses and Onstar button

It also remains contradictory as far as the paintwork is concerned. The green used, it was supposed to be Arbor Green Metallic, appeared in the German price lists in 2006, but not in 2007. Ice Blue Metallic is only found in 2008, before that it was used on the Anniversary models with appropriate equipment. That's just an example.

Does that even matter?

The question is, because otherwise the miniature is very successful and pleases the collector's eye, are these details important? For some fans of the brand who have an eye for subtleties, pretty sure. Others won't care, they'll be happy to put their Saab on their desk in 1:18.

Be it because the original is in front of the door, or because you drove such a Saab in the past.

4 x Saab chrome glasses put you in a good mood
4 x Saab chrome glasses put you in a good mood

Maybe this is the easiest way. The world currently has completely different problems. One could and should be completely satisfied that someone deals with the brand and offers model cars from Saab.

However, the price is not quite as casual. Almost €170,00 is a strong word. One could get petty again and point out certain contradictory details.

The Saab 9-5 Aero sports suit chrome glasses are available in four limited versions Manufacturers pre-order. Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of 4.

6 thoughts on "DNA Collectibles shrinks the Saab 9-5 Aero Sportsuit Chrome Goggles"

  • Nice that models are still made at all. However, for the price I expect more.

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  • Glass house

    I never noticed it with other models, including younger ones (9-5 NG). But today and with the original in front of the door...

    It may serve as a view of the interior, but the DNA chrome glasses look too glassy to me on the outside. To my knowledge, the original did not exist without uncolored windows - unlike the VW Passat, the list of options for the 9-5 was manageable and the equipment for the Linear was relatively complete.

    I kind of miss the tint on this model...
    But it has the perfect rim 😉

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    • Yes, yes, that is correct. I had one without tinted lenses, it was a Vector.

      It was really too light inside, I had the windows wrapped in foil (although I don't really like that).

      Then the Saab looked good 😉

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      • Funny, and thanks for the clarification. I've never come across chrome glasses without the subtle tint all around...

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        • The purchase was not entirely voluntary at the time. It was the only 9-5 my dealer had in stock during the first bankruptcy.

          Since it wasn't clear whether there would ever be a new Saab car again, but I didn't feel like any alternative, I grabbed it. A compromise for a few years.

          But a good car.

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          • Similar story here. But I'm still making my compromise...

            I've never found another 9-5 SC with less mileage and better equipment at the same time, nothing followed 🙁

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