Last weekend we were blessed with some very nice weather here in the South West of England and Jerry from Astley Saab offered us the 9-3 Griffin Convertible that I chose for my “Pick of the Day”.
As they say it would be rude not to take up an offer like that so on the Saturday I collected the car and we went out for dinner with the family with the roof down.
The thing is, when you don’t own a convertible and you get one for a test drive, you tend to go everywhere with the air in your hair. Even in the darkness. Even to go to the shops. Even to the restaurant.
On Sunday we had quite a bit of free time to really enjoy The Griffin. So top down and strapped in we headed for the countryside. But first a quick blast on a duel carriage way to feel the handling at a bit of speed. A lot of you will already know it’s fantastic, very quick and smooth as you go through the gears.
This 9-3 is classed as the SE in the UK. Two models were available at the launch, the other being the Aero. But I’m pretty sure we can now call it a Griffin and the tags on the leather seats agree with me.
It has the 163bhp very smooth 2.0 litre engine connected to a six speed manual gearbox. Very nice heated leather seats comfort your ride.
Jerry, the main man at Astleys, also offers a warrantee for the lucky new owner.
More details can be found on the UK Auto Trader site, easy to find as it “was” the only one there.
Kerry and I totally enjoyed the chance to drive the Griffin and we drove it to a few nice places in order to photograph her. Sadly Azzy missed out as she was at Scout Camp all weekend.
Azzy, next time I will try and make sure you are home.
I have placed all the photos on my Flickr page for those interested.