Saab ANA in Trollhattan completed assembly for the last 47 Saab convertibles in February 2012. They were left on the assembly line after the factory was shut down in December of 2011. Thirty seven of these convertible were the limited Independence Edition that was introduced almost exactly a year ago during the Independence Day celebrations.
These Saab 9-3 convertibles (or cabriolets as they are called in most of Europe) ranged from 250.000 to 600.000 kronor in Sweden (28.000 to 68.000 Euro). Some of them were exported to other countries and left-hand and right-hand drive models were produced.
Magna Steyr in Austria used to build the second generation Saab 9-3 convertible until production was moved to Trollhattan in January 2010. The Trollhattan factory produced these soft top Saabs for part of the 2010 and the entire 2011 model years. The regular Saab 9-3 sedan, 9-3 sportcombi and Saab 9-5 were all made on the same assembly line.
One of the assemblers who finished these last convertibles was a former Saab employee who worked at Saab for 20 years. Saab ANA CEO Joachim Lind said it was great privilege and honor to be able to finish assembly for these unique Saabs.
Article originally published February 2012
Pictures by P4 West – Robin Nilsson