20th Anniv. 9-3 Convertible – Saab USA Heritage Collection

Posted on 13. Apr, 2007 by in 2000-2009, 9-3 SS, Detroit, Michigan, Sweden, Trollhättan, Sweden, United States

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

For the final installment of the coverage I have been providing intermittantly throughout the week on the Saab convertible, here is a press release on the 20th Anniversary model issued last year as a tribute to the 20 years of the convertible (1986-2006). Saab Automobile USA owns #1 out of the 400+ that were made available to the public in the “electric blue” that is now a standard color for model year 2007 convertibles.

2006 SAAB 9-3 AERO V-6 CONVERTIBLE “20 YEARS EDITION”

Saab celebrated two decades of convertible sales success with a special anniversary model, the Saab 9-3 Convertible “20 Years Edition,” in the country where the story began.
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The concept of a practical, “four season, four-seater” soft top was pioneered by Saab when it launched the first Saab 900 Convertible in the United States in January 1986. A limited production run of 400 units with 175-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo engine was an immediate success, and the following year, the Saab Convertible was taken into full global production.

After more than 240,000 Saab Convertibles had been produced, the 9-3 “20 Years Edition” Convertible debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006. It was presented as the latest expression of an iconic car, combining Scandinavian design and spirited performance with surprising functionality – the core appeal of the Saab brand.

The Saab 9-3 Convertible “20 Years Edition” was distinguished by its unique Electric Blue Metallic paint with matching blue inserts in the parchment leather interior, and special, double five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. In addition to the regular black top, a dark blue cloth option was offered for the first time in the new 9-3 Convertible. saab_9-3_convertible_2006_decal_small.jpg

Based on Aero specifications, with a lowered sports-tuned chassis, Saab’s top-of-the line model was powered by the 250-horsepower, 2.8L V-6 turbo engine. New for 2006, it was named one of the “10 Best Engines” by the editors of Ward’s.

Destined to become a prized possession for Saab collectors, the “20 Years Edition” was limited to 412 convertibles for the U.S. market, with the anniversary logo and serial number engraved on the driver’s side rear window. The car in the Saab Automobile USA Heritage collection is the first off the assembly line.

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