In February 2011, A New Saab 9-3 edition was made to celebrate the first anniversary of its independence from GM,  launching the exclusive Independence Edition of the 9-3 Convertible.


A Limited run of 366 examples was to be produced, one for each day during the companies first year of  ‘Independent’ production and then one extra for the start of their second year, with the company now in the ownership of Dutch Specialist Maker Spyker.

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Two of the original UK cars ©john&saabfest

All the cars were finished in an exclusive colour of Amber Orange metallic paint and based on the ultimate Griffin Aero specification. All included a limited edition number etched into the rear panel visible from the side windows.

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A local car to me. Graced with all options including wheels, this is an official UK car. This being No35. ©

Now the Interesting bit that makes this suitable to howmanymade… due to financial reasons within Saab & Spyker, the expected Limited Number was never achieved and the company subsequently closing. The buying public had lost confidence in a ‘closing company’ and the final cars weren’t selling and the predicted number was never built. Even the last few cars were virtually pieced together whatever they had left to make them.

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An Original UK car, this being No 19. ©MN – ownersrights/

In total, just 37 cars were made worldwide! With only a few in each country. Now any 2012 plate Saab is rare, but these go that one further. Only 14 RHD cars were produced, with possibly just 8 making it to the UK. But read below…

No37 / No36 / No35 / No34 / No 33/ No24 / No19 / No17 are all UK cars

UPDATE August 2018:  Ok so possible other UK cars are No 08 / No 09 & No 30… This, of course, would make the UK numbers 11… which is possible, leaving three other RHD cars for other suitable countries… So still searching for confirmation & possible other UK cars and more accurate details…

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Another UK car in its new form. This being No34. ©ownerscopyright/Saabright.

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One of the last or last one registered… on a 13 plate. ©

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED – Please contact me and add your car.

A full feature will be added soon!


If this has been helpful in some way, then please mention where you got the information with an ” According to ” – Would be Greatly Appreciated for all the time I do researching the get correct information – Regards, Mike.



  1. Mike, I own the 2012 9-3 Sky Blue Edition 001/001, based on the Independence Edition. I believe my car is number 38 of the Independence version, because I have never found the orange Independence nr. 38.


    1. Hi – thanks for the reply… I do know of the Blue one… I thought that was going to be an edition in its own right… in European countries, not sure of the connection to the Orange Independence… We still need to search that No38 one!


      1. The Sky Blue is a one of, only three produced in that color, a sport sedan, a sedan and a convertible. The convertible is exactly the same as the indepence edition, including the orange turbo meter.


  2. I have a Dolphin grey convertible made in April 2011 and registered in September 2011 with the features of the independence of SAAB instead of the round bootlid badge the same front grille and Griffin badges on the leather interior and what the supplying dealer referred to as the `12 engine` made by Spyker A website refers to spyker selling a total of 12 cars in 2011 and 2 in 2012 and another claims five Saabs were registered in 2011 and 2 in 2012


    1. Hi Steve, thanks for getting in touch – I’ve heard of these last editions of the Convertible… didn’t think they were UK cars? Is yours an RHD car? – Mike


      1. Yes right hand drive from birth Mike is there anything else I should be looking for on or in it ? and do you think the chassis number ending in 39 is relevant ? Regards Steve


  3. Hi Mike
    An update on earlier comments.
    I took my car No. 30 to the Saab Museum Festival in June where I met the Swedish owner of No. 36. He used to work at the factory and told me that 37 was definitely the total made.
    The exact spec of his was different to the plan, probably because it was made from whatever bits were left over.
    Since then I went to Saabfest in Bury and met up with three others 17 & 19 who I also met last year and No.33. This still does not answer how many there are in the UK.


    1. Hi John
      Thanks for the update. Yeah, it’s looking like 37 is the definite figure. But I’m sure it’s single figures for the UK though… the search continues
      kind regards – Mike


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