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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Now the Interesting bit… due to financial reasons within Saab & Spyker, the expected Limited Number was never achieved and the company subsequently closing.

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

In total, just 38 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.

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.


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