After reading Tim’s post about the auction to be held by KVD, it got me to thinking of the two Independence models being offered for sale and how rare of a car they both are.
In making such a model, the plan was to build 366 of these cars to have 365 for the number of days in a year plus one for the first year of independence and making them a very limited vehicle. This was to be a formula for Independence models going forward and to add another car for each year of independence but not necessarily being a convertible every year. So needless to say, the 2012 Independence convertible was going to be a very rare car even if they built all 366 of them.
Obviously this never materialized and only 38 were ever built and some countries were left with orders that were never to be filled. Springman’s Saab in Langley, BC, Canada had 2 of these models sold to customers who wanted a piece of such history as the first ever Independence model offered by an independent Saab. People who were already Saab fans and owners felt a sense of pride towards a car that represented what they had wanted for so long, a Saab independent of General Motors.
The question is, is the 9-3 Indy going to be a classic car, a collector car or both?
A classic car by definition is an older car, but the exact meaning is subject to differences in opinion. To me a classic car should be defined by the word classic. Something that is a perfect example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality.
A collector car is an older car which may not fit into the category of a classic car or a milestone car, but it has nostalgic appeal. Also a collector car should be something that is not easy to find or buy. It should be something that you have to search for to find, if it is easy to find then there is no reason to collect and the nostalgic value to me is lost. I look at anything collectable and think there needs to be a reason for collecting such an item. For instance, I would never think that a 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier is a collector car yet I could get collector insurance plates for it because it is 25 years old and over 1500 were produced.
These definitions are subject to personal opinions and can mean different things to everyone but where would you put the 2012 9-3 Independence convertible?
For me, I see the Independence models being a bit of both classic and collector car. I think that as a classic they are a perfect example of what a convertible should be and without sacrificing safety or style and they have a timeless quality to them. The 9-3 sold for many years with little style changes and the 9-3 convertible still has the style of a new car and looks as good or better then any other available at this time. As a collector car it has all the qualities that matter to me. It is a milestone car as it represents everything that Saab and its fans had dreamed of, freedom and the nostalgic value attached to Save Saab rallies which made this car the poster model for what we had hoped Saab to be. It is also the newest rare car around being a 2012 and something that any Saab fan would love to be able to afford collecting.
As I type, the highest bid for one of the two is 210,000 SEK which is just over $31,200 Canadian (the reserve has not been reached yet) and I expect it to continue to climb a little. I would expect they both will end up in the mid $30s in Canadian dollars and I still think they will be a great buy. If it were something I could afford, I would be bidding, who wouldn’t want to say they have one of 38 ever built? Pretty sure I wouldn’t have a problem finding this car in a parking lot.
What’s your thoughts, classic, collector, both or other?