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.
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.
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.
Press release 2007
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