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.
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 RHD car
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.
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. Only 15 RHD cars were produced, with possibly just 8 making it to the UK.
These were all 1.9TTiD Automatic cars. The first 4 UK cars arrived in April 2011. 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. But 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. 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 read below…
No30 / No.37 / No.35 / No.34 / No.33/ No.24 / No.19 / No.17 are all UK cars…
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.
UPDATE December 2019: Ok so possible other UK car is No 09 – This, of course, would make the UK numbers 10… which is possible, leaving four, maybe 5 other RHD cars for other suitable countries… but it’s most likely 12 UK sold cars were sold in some form or another.
It’s now known the No36 is a the last LHD made car living in Sweden… and the No37 UK car is the last made car…
So still searching for confirmation & possible other UK cars and more accurate details…
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