One-Of-One 2012 Saab 9-3 Cabriolet Sky Blue Edition Sold For $66,500

This fully-specced, low-mileage 2012 Saab 9-3 Cabriolet is probably the ultimate gift for a fan of the, currently dormant, Swedish brand.

Mind you, it’s not just a range-topping Aero model with only 16,111 km (10,011 miles) under its belt, but also a unique specimen. You see, when the automaker officially went bust, this particular vehicle had not yet been built.

Back in 2011, Saab announced the 9-3 Griffin, which was essentially a mild facelift. The automaker also planned to build a Sky Blue Edition based on the 9-3 Griffin. Only three of those were built worldwide, one for each body style: Sedan, Combi (aka estate) and Cabriolet.

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Remarkably, the 9-3 Cabriolet Aero Griffin Sky Blue Edition had not been completed during the bankruptcy, so when the assembly line stopped in 2011, the car was shipped to ANA Trollhattan AB to be finished by hand.

So there you have it: this 9-3 Cabriolet is not just a one-off and one of the last Saabs ever made, it’s also partially hand built! The seller says that all papers and certificates documenting the vehicle’s unusual manufacturing process came with the car.

It also comes with all possible options and packages, including the striking Sky Blue metallic paintwork, all the features of the Independent Edition, and all Hirsch Performance packages. The latter include the Hirsch sports suspension, Hirsch sports exhausts, Hirsch steering wheel and pedals, and 260 HP Hirsch engine tune.

Other features include 19-inch BBS alloys, leather seats, and Sky Blue Edition 001/001 stickers on the windows. As the photos can attest, the car looks as if it has just left the factory. There’s only one downside to this unique Saab 9-3 Cabriolet as far as we’re concerned: it has already been sold for a whopping €59,500 (approximately $66,500).

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  • salamOOn

    nice catch!

  • Three pedals – very much YES!

  • david santiago

    its perfect *crys tears of joy*

  • Aeromann

    Saab was a great manufacturer… 😢

    This 9-3 is 10years old and it’s still stunning.

    • eb110americana

      That blue is really fetching.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I miss Saab.

      • Aeromann

        Me too.

    • became stunning with phase II, the facelift was, still is one of the best ever made to a car. It suddenly look much better, more modern and more Saab. The cut of the hood, the grille.

  • kachuks

    This design has aged well. Unfortunately, the company not so much.

    • The 9-3 II phase 2 is aging very well. Outside of details like size of screen, mirrors… The Design is still very modern, nothing to be ashamed of. Even my old 9-5 from 1999 was a 2010 or later car for people who knew nothing about cars.It was cheaper than their modern city cars or boring family cars, but saw my car as modern luxury. Now our 2010 Volvo XC70 D5 has the same effect on people… I think that an old well designed car, in Dark blue with Creme/beige leather seats in good condition will always have this effect on people who buy Nissan, Renault, Toyota… new family cars. We are rich people to them… But we bought our used “luxury” car cheaper than their new 1.2L Scenic.

  • ME

    The Swedish government should have saved SAAB from its demise. With Volvo continuing to build more cars in Belgium and China, and now the US, Sweden has lost a lot of its work force.

    • McFly

      Saab was saved and saved and saved for decades. It never really managed to bear its own weight, unfortunately. At some moment you just have to bury the corpse and cherish the memories.

      • They had a fighting chance with the 9-4X. Was Saab enough to me and was what the market asked for. Sure it was Cadillac based and would have been made in Mexico, but the new buyers would have not cared. It was different without being weird.

        • McFly

          Yes, it was in the right segment, but I thought it was another bland Saab that failed to live up to the brand promise, and failed even more to charge the brand with new values. Next to an Evoque it looks like a Mazda 323 from the 90’s. 🙂

          But I quite liked the last 9-5. It had something. But when I saw the prototypes for the new 9-3 I wasn’t that sad to see the company die.

  • atomicbri

    OMG when I saw this it made my heart hurt. I was so angered when GM let SAAB fail I swore I would never buy another GM product and I haven’t. Believe it or not, it was the SAAB 900 that got me interested in car design. The first time I saw it I was about 6 years old and the music video for Human League’s Don’t You Want Me Baby had a SAAB 900 in it and when I was little it just looked so cool, the shape and all was unique to me. And so I owned a 9-3 Viggen that was from 1999 and I loved it and it was blue. And seeing this reminded me of my old one (Someone rear ended and totalled it so that’s why I no longer have it) but I really miss this quirky company. Holds a different memory in my heart than probably most which is why it makes me sad. NOW this example is beautiful! Whoever gets this will be one lucky owner!!

    • Ary Wisesa

      I agree with you that SAAB 900 was very unique and interesting in its time. And now you can get modern SAAB 900 hatchback in the form of Audi A7.

    • Enter Ranting

      If it wasn’t for GM, SAAB would’ve died even sooner. GM just prolonged the agony.

    • Aeromann

      I still have a 93, trionic 5, stage 3.
      It’s going like hell. 😍

  • Luke Ritchie

    That’s kind of what I wish the turbo X was finished like, trim wise…Should have come with all the nice trim like this.

  • TB

    I wouldn’t pay $6.65 for a Slabb.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    One of the few cases where i’d spend that price to get it. It will appreciate with time. Besides, it’s beautiful.

  • McFly

    From what we saw of the new 9-3, I think it’s unlikely that it would have had any possibility to save Saab. They never really managed to put all that potential into their products.

    • Mike anonymous

      That is what hurts the most… “They never really managed to put all that potential into their products.
      There was another video (which I couldn’t find) where Jason went over the next 9-3 and the design and engineering of their products. I do think that it would have had a change to save Saab or at least bring enough interest into the brand for investors to believe it was worth saving. Again for the most part, I agree, But I really wish they had that chance to put the potential into their products.

      • McFly

        Indeed. Just think what Saab could have been today if they’d had the same trip as Volvo, who gradually stepped up their game from the classic 240, while Saab never really matched the old 900.

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