Since the article on SaabsUnited last week about the last of the 9-3 Convertibles being built, the pressure on ANA’s sales department has been to say the least, huge. People from all over the world have gotten in touch with ANA wanting to buy one of the last convertibles of the previous chapter in Saab’s history. If it is the last chapter or not will probably be revealed within a few days.
People as far away as New Zealand and Japan have made calls for right hand drive cars, lots of interest shown from the United States particularly around the area around of Memphis and Boston, but also a call from Canada. European’s are of course also greatly interested in these cars and have made several inquires. Most of the cars today have a potential buyer or even several potential buyers waiting in line. Not a lot of time is given to a potential buyer to decide upon the deal or not.
I was also one of the people who placed a call to ANA showing interest in buying a convertible, and I was aiming for a very special car. A 9-3 2,0T Biopower Griffin Aero in the color Sky Blue.
It was the same car that I covered here at SU on the 30th of May 2011 when we were sent some photos of the car by a “djup strupe”, as soon as we got the photos I had to make my way to Saab to see the car in real life as well.
Last friday I was taken out to see the car in real life once again. It was parked together with all the other convertibles at a secret location in Trollhättan. I had heard from people in the production that there are only three cars painted in Sky Blue in total. One 9-3 SportsCombi, one 9-3 Convertible and one 9-3 Sedan. All of these cars were test cars at Saab and in normal circumstances they would never have been sold to private people until they had served as company cars at Saab for a number of years. We’ve been very fortunate to have gotten photos of all three of these cars here on SU. Sky Blue is in fact not a new color in Saab’s palette. It has a history of being used back in 1996 and 1997 with the color code 262. The cars painted with this color were mainly Saab 900′s.
It was really nice to see these cars in reality and to confirm that the Sky Blue 9-3 is in fact the same car I had the honor of meeting back in may. On the tags the 9-3 had week 134 printed on it which means that it was built in week 13 on the 4th day and during the weekend I have done some research into this car. This car entered the first station in the final assembly plant early in the morning on the 31′st of March 2011 and left the end of line during mid day on April 1st. It was held in an area called the the revision hall which is located at the end of the customer care line where highly trained professionals check the cars one last time for any potential flaws. Cars entering the revision hall are given an even more careful extra check where the cars are standing still and controllers check a long list of items on the car. Since this was a test car it was later rolled out outside the revision hall where I had the honor of meeting it for the first time.
Another friend was also parked in the parking lot together with the Sky Blue car. From the original photos sent to us back in may a nocturne blue 9-3 Griffin convertible is also visible, this car is also parked together with its sky blue brother in the same area. Seeing all the different colors parked next to each other really gives a nice view and I must be very honest to say that when I first saw the Independence Edition version of the 9-3 Convertible I did not at all like the color, in fact I thought it was fairly ugly but as time passes the color has grown on me and last friday I stood there for several minutes and just looked at one of those IE 9-3′s and I must say that I’ve fallen in love with the color, though the only thing I still can’t get used to are the rims…
So during the weekend I have had a lot on my mind. Buying that Sky Blue 9-3 would be an amazing thing to do and owning such a special car would be a true privilege. But such a purchase is not without sacrifice and my financial situation does not allow me to keep the three Saab’s that I have now and add such an expensive car so I would have been forced to trade the most expensive car I have, my 9-5 Griffin SC from 2010 which itself is a very important car for me, being that it is one of the absolute last cars built of the original 9-5′s and one of the absolute last cars to be ordered by a customer. I ordered that car on December 19th, the day after GM decided to wind down Saab.
A 9-3 convertible is, when you really think about it, a very expensive toy and not very practical, and sacrificing a car that I need almost every day and love for a car that I do not need but just want and at the the same time loosing an absolutely huge amount of money is not an equation I could justify to neither myself nor my family. Taking a lot of factors into consideration such as the fact that we are currently renovating our house and absolutely need a Combi is very important.
Taking the decision not to buy this car is probably the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. All my friends knew how eager and how much I really wanted to have this car but in the end they all supported my decision and thought it was the sensible thing to do. So this morning I painfully made the call to ANA allowing the car to be released to the next potential buyer and I am 100% sure that this person will love this extremely special car just as much as I would have!
I truly wish all the buyers of these absolutely amazing cars many years and thousands of kilometers of joy! One day I will join in with a convertible of my own! =)