• May 2nd 2012 at 3:59PM
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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. So significant was SU's bond with the automaker that its principle, Steven Wade, had the ear of buyer Victor Muller throughout the General Motors extrication process, and eventually Wade went to work for Saab itself, leaving others to run the website.

With Saab having slipped into bankruptcy and the company's Trollhättan plant idled, Saabs United now finds itself at the center of a new fight – an effort to preserve the final 9-3 – possibly the final Saab ever. An Arctic White Griffin sedan, the 9-3 exists in a state of partial build but is scheduled for final assembly at the end of this month. The car is part of a special batch of about 50 partially finished cars and a cache of spares that Trollhättan dealership group ANA purchased from Saab's bankruptcy estate, and it will be for sale. 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.

It seems only fitting that the 9-3 Griffin would join other final examples of various models in Saab's history at the Museum, but even then, the car's fate might not be entirely secure. According to SU, "A number of cars at the museum from the history of Saab that was written in the last two years are NOT secured. They are either borrowed to the museum or are still missing."

As of this writing, the funding effort is well on its way, with Saabs United faithful and various clubs and investors having raised over 15,000 Euros (around $19,750 USD), with a goal of 28,500 Euros ($37,500) within the next 18 days. If the total amount needed is not reached, fundraiser proceeds will still go to the Saab museum, and if extra money is raised, it'll be donated, too. If you're interested in learning more or making a donation, click here.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a very saad story
      Jason Powell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for bringing this to the attention of your readers. This community of Saab owners and fans has been truly incredible to see band together in this effort. I have never seen anything like this ever. The target is now in sight with over 17000euros being collected so far.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's cool that they're trying to save the last Saab and all, but it really comes off like a bunch of deluded fans still living in the past. Saabs haven't been that good for a decade, maybe more.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Completely true IMO, the last SAABs that were any good were the 9000 and first-gen 900s. The GM cars were nothing more than reskinned Opel Vectras, and when GM fased out SAAB's own engines... It just wasn't more than a badge left of what SAAB once was.
          • 3 Years Ago
          DUH>>>>>>>>>>The 900 DIDN'T really have a SAAB engine ! It was a OLD Triumph-Hearld design. And a LOUSY one to boot! At least GM brought the proven and dependable GM 2.0 engine family and transmissions to the Saab engine bay along with reliable GM electronics and creature comforts like working air conditioning to boot! GM brought a LOT of poorly needed improvements to the Saab vehicles as well as cash! HELL..................Even the Swedish govt wouldn't bail out Saab!
      The Wasp
      • 3 Years Ago
      The market has spoken. How long will these 'save Saab' pity articles go on?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since Saab is now six feet under how much would it cost to buy the name and rights so that a new Saab could be born that follows their origional goals ?
        • 3 Years Ago
        All the Saabs are built on GM chassis for the last decade so you would have to engineer a new chassis to use or try and buy the license from GM.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Firstly, Saab doesn't own the rights to the logo or brand name, they are given the right to use it by SAAB, the airplane manufacturer. Secondly, pertaining to KAG's post, Saab does have a nearly complete chassis, unique to Saab, to build a new 9-3 and 9-5 on, among other models. It is almost finished but needs some more development time. This is one of the huge benefits to buying Saab, and certainly the main reason why numerous companies have submitted bids to buy the brand. I can always hope.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Pontiac g6. Nice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a Saab and absolutely loved that 2.0 turbo, steering feel, and those great seats. It was pretty good in the snow and very safe. It wasn't Saab's fault that GM decided to bin-part the interior and take out its soul.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a once prospective Saab buyer, I can't help but feel bad for the community. A used 2006-2009 9-3 manual could still be in the cards later for me. I'd have to drive one first, but I like the power, manual, style, and fuel economy. I'm just curious about the interior quality.
      • 3 Years Ago
      SAAB are some of the best looking cars out there inside and out. I wonder how far Jason C got on a real 9-3 successor, or anything else for that matter.......
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its like people are taking donations for a funeral. It is over. Let Saab rest in peace.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "White people problems"
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