Saving the last 9-3 Griffin: Mission Accomplished! :)
In the beginning of April an interesting discussion between me and Joachim Lind, CEO of ANA has now resulted in something truly amazing. A bit more than a week ago we set out to do something that has never been done by any enthusiast group for any auto-brand in the world. We, the fans set out on a mission to buy a car, and not just any car, we set out to buy the last of a production series, the last Saab 9-3 Griffin. This car was taken off the production line at SAAB in february and was transported to ANA’s special-cars production facility. There it has, together with 49 other cars been assembled by ANA and SAAB employees. This particular car will be finished very soon.
And we have done it! Today we passed the amount required and we have in addition to that, managed to bring in a substantial amount that we will donate to the museum. The car will be paid for and a bank-transfer note for the additional money will be donated to the museum on the delivery date.
We are now going to continue to convert the money to SEK (Swedish Kronor) and transfer all the money into a Swedish bank-account at the bank SEB, from which, the invoice from ANA will be paid and the check to the museum issued. Some of the money that has been transferred from donors has not yet reached our bank-account but we are sure that it will which is why we are putting an end to this mission. The transfer will take a few days and hopefully sometime at the end of next week we will know exactly how much money was brought in. We also hope to inform you soon about a delivery date, a date that will be important to say the least and it would be very nice if many of you would like to join us at ANA to take part in the ceremony! =)
We are keeping the donations page open for a little while longer, any extra money donated will benefit the museum.
Here is a letter from Victor Muller:
Such good news that you managed to fund the purchase of the last Saab to be built (for the time being that is) with the help of so many enthusiasts. It proves again what a loyal and dedicated following our brand has and I am convinces this support will continue in the future .
Congrats to you, your team and the fans.
Best personal regards,
Here are the specifications of the great car, we all have fought so hard to save:
- SAAB 9-3 Aero Griffin
- Registration Number: DJA 880
- Engine: TTiD4, 180 hp
- Transmission: Manual 6-Speed
- Wheels: ALU88 17-inch Griffin
- Color: Arctic White
- Interior: Black Leather/Textile
- Additional equipment: Auto-dimming rearview mirrors, Electrically controlled front seats, memory on the drivers seat, theft-alarm, Comfort-locking, Mobile Hands-free, Rain-sensor, parking-sensors, spare-wheel, carbon-fiber interior, Bose Premium Audio System 300W.
- Retail Price: 331’850 SEK (€37’205 / $48’672)