In February 2010, Saab became an Independent Company. 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 in the February of 2011 was a new beginning.
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.
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.
Here are some rare pictures of original UK cars going through either the PDI (pre-delivery inspection) or final assembly at the factory…
Either way great historical pictures ©P4 West – Robin Nilsson.
Another UK car here, This is a local car to me… Know the chap & his car for many years. This being with different options, such as different wheels. A UK RHD, being No35.
High expectations were hoped for the car, with marketing and a hope of a new future for Saab.
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.
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. It’s thought Only 15 RHD cars were produced for the world out of that total number produced.
These were all 1.9TTiD Automatic cars. The first 4 UK cars arrived in April 2011, the first car of that batch being No.8 was registered. A second batch arrived in June 2011. This is were the original figure of 8 UK cars comes about, because Saab UK did sort of only sell them 8 and then 7 of the 15 RHD cars were held in insolvency whilst the company went bankrupt, hence the later plate of the last few cars. These were sold by the insolvency company via the remaining dealers in the UK, hence the 2nd batch were mainly registered in 2012. However, a ‘number’ went to other RHD countries. It’s thought one went to Cyprus or possibly Malta, keep your eyes peeled if on holiday!
So far the figures add up as, 5 were registered in 2011. In 2012 just 5 were registered… And one registered in 2013.
Now read below…
No8 is a UK car, which incredibly was exported in 2016 and is now a LHD! Here’s a special picture of the car below, before it left and went to the Netherlands to be converted to LHD.
And here it is today… No 8, a former UK edition RHD that now lives in Holland as a LHD car. this came up for sale in December 2020. From a dealer who’s sold their fair share of the Ind.Ed over the years, including this one originally. They’d also bought a lot of the ‘company clearout’ parts from Saab to be able to do this.
- It’s now known the No.36 is a the last LHD made car living in Sweden…
UPDATE January 2021: Ok so a possible other UK car is No 09 – This, could be a RHD car and not one of the UK cars which is possible, making four or 5 other RHD cars for other suitable countries… but it’s most likely 12 UK sold cars were sold in the UK in some form or another.
So to confirm so far… No.8 / No.17 / No.18 / No.19 / No.30 / No.33/ No.34 / No.35 No.37 are all UK cars…
To confirm, there were 12 UK registered cars. I have 12 registered. All official UK cars. Of them I can confirm 9 with the Edition number matching to the plate, And then 3 needing confirmation. It’s possible that 15 were made in RHD for the world.
It’s possible that No.35 is actually the last car ever registered in the UK. It was registered in later half of 2013 and may be the 13 plate one that I have the picture of below. The buyer was told this at the time.
So still searching for confirmation & possible other UK cars and even more accurate details…
Another UK car in its new form. This being No.34. ©ownerscopyright/Saabright.
This is one of the last ever cars from Saab, sold by the receivers at the Factory in December 2012. This having the optioned cream hood, No.28. At the same time No1, with a black roof also sold, see below. Both cars are LHD.
Here is No.1… awaiting its new life at the Saab factory in November 2012 before being auctioned off after the demise of the company. ©ownersrights
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