The World Is Watching Us

Personally, I have been watching our totals go up with excitement and anticipation the last few days and I am extremely proud of this unified effort from everyone here. Apparently I am not alone and in the last few days I have seen a lot of media coverage about our cause. This is going to be a big part of the history of Saab and the history of the automotive world. I have searched high and low and have not been able to see anywhere that a group of fans of any manufacturer have done what we are so close to doing. Saab fans are simply the best and this does a lot to show our potential owners that the Saab fans are still here and support the brand to the fullest.

Here are some samples of what is out there about our campaign in different media:

The Motor Report

Enthusiast website Saabs United has put out a call to its fellow diehards to purchase the last Saab 9-3 to be built.

AutoBlog.com

The folks over at Saabs United have been a fixture on the Swedish automobile scene for some time now, cementing themselves as the hub for all manner of Saab news and gossip as the fight to keep the brand alive has ebbed and flowed over the past couple of years.

Saabs United has taken it upon itself to rally the faithful in an attempt to purchase the car for donation to the Saab Cars Museum, which was itself only recently saved.

In Auto News

A group of Saab fans hope to raise money to buy the last 9-3 and donate it to the official Saab Museum in Trollhattan, Sweden, which was recently saved from being divvied up.

Auto Evolution

The members of SaabsUnited have decided to chip in as much as they can and buy the last Saab ever to be produced. It a 9-3 Griffin which is scheduled to roll off the production line at the end of the month. Their plan is to raise the necessary cash, through donations, to buy and then permanently place the car in the Saab Cars Museum, where it belongs.

Motor Authority

A group of Saab loyalists at Saabs United are hoping to raise enough money so that this final 9-3 can be purchased and then donated to the official Saab Museum in Trollhattan

Automoblog.net

When Saab production stopped last year, many cars were still left on the line. Slowly they are being completed. One of them was a Saab 9-3 Griffin; the very last one to ever be produced. It is scheduled to be finished off at the end of May. Saabs United has rallied fans to give enough money to purchase the car.

Note: We rallied fans, yes, but still a little way to the finish line.

Autoweek.nl

Saab Saab-United is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the (mental) existence of the brand. They started a campaign to get the latest Saab 9-3buying.

Sometimes it’s worth it to use google translate, I love that we are dedicated to the “mental” existence of the brand.

CB (Russia)

Fans of Saab cars have begun to raise funds to purchase the last car

P4 West

This is the blog Saab United, which has launched the collection and in a week it has received almost 200 000 SEK from Saab enthusiasts around the world.

As I write, the last updated amount is 26527 euros and climbing. Now my excitement and anticipation is focused on what will be written about the great fans of Saab who saved the last 9-3 for the museum. I see this happening very soon and I applaud all of you who have taken part, I know that for me, I will be happy to be mentioned as one of the donors of this great Griffin. There has been some talk about an unveil and a way to commemorate the whole thing, we will keep you up to date with everything as it becomes a reality.

As a side note, once we hit the goal, lets keep going and provide a nice little extra for the museum to offset their monthly expenses. We will get this done.

The letter that saved the museum

Klassiker´s (Swedish Classic Motoring magazine) Claes Johansson played a crucial role in the Saab Museum was rescued in January.

It was only hours left of the offer period at the Saab Museum. The risk that the unique industrial history collection to be dispersed forever was imminent and the vultures circling in the air to get to the juiciest bits. Some motoring magazines put bids on individual items. But Klassikers Claes Johansson worked on saving the museum as a whole, saving it in Sweden. In addition to writing a highly acclaimed chronicle of www.klassiker.nu he also contacted Poker Wallenberg, the most automobile interested of the Wallenberg sphere, to ensure that he was aware of what was happening.

Claes, who had never previously met Poker, wrote a letter that apparently hit right in “the solar plexus” (swedish expression). In an article in Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet March 4 tells Poker Wallenberg about Claes Johansson’s letter was sent around the family and how a rescue operation began. A campaign that led to the winning bid of SEK 28 million for the museum as a whole. Here is the letter (somewhat abbreviated) as Claes Johansson sent January 18 at 16:51 – and that made all the difference:

Hi Poker

Wedding chores are always top of the to-do list, I wish you all the best. Nevertheless, I hope that I for a moment can steal your attention.

It is urgent.

My name is Claes Johansson, I am a reporter and photographer for the newspaper Klassiker. As well as a Saab enthusiast.

I’m guessing that you are informed about the tragic closure of the Saab Museum in Trollhättan. A unique collection is up for sale, as a complete collection or in pieces. I find it hard to find words for how I feel about this.

The museum should long ago have been protected by some sort of a foundation. This should have been started last year at the turbulent Muller-period, that should has been one big alarm bell.

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