2012 Saab 9-3 Independence Edition convertibles in the Netherlands

These limited edition Saabs are a rare sight so having two together is something you don’t see very often. Many Saabs were put up for auction after the bankruptcy of Saab Automobile in 2011.  These auctions were only accessible to dealers so there wasn’t a chance for regular Saab enthusiasts to bid on some of these cars.

Venza Cars is a car dealer in the Netherlands and mostly sells exclusive cars with matching price tags. They must have bid on many Saabs at the auction as their website showed a good number of Saabs in their inventory. The 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi and Saab 9-4X were some of the most exclusive Saabs and there was still an opportunity for enthusiasts to own one of these cars.

The Netherlands is a small country and some of these Saabs made their way to Germany and possible other countries in Europe.  A 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi was sold to a new owner in Osnabrück earlier this year. We don’t know if these 2012 Saab 9-3 Independence Edition convertibles were also bought at the KVD auction but they certainly are very exclusive as well.

The original plan was to manufacture 366 of these orange soft-top Saabs.  But unfortunately, only 36 were made before the production lines were shut down when Saab and Spyker ran out of money in 2011.  Venza recently sold #003 and #027 and it is certain the new owners will attract quite a bit of attention on the road.  It is not known if #027 is staying in the Netherlands but #003 has a yellow Dutch license plate.

These two limited edition Saabs appear to be identical and are both powered by the 1.9 liter TTiD engine.  The only difference appears to be the mileage and price.  More pictures and information about the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition can be found in this press release: link


Happy new owners of #003 as posted on the Facebook page of Venza Cars.


Asking price: €39.999
Odometer: 81.000 km
Engine: 1.9 TTiD diesel – 180 hp2012_ssab_9-3_independence_edition_convertible_number_003_02


Asking price: €46.999
Odometer: 33.800 km
Engine: 1.9 TTiD diesel – 180 hp2012_ssab_9-3_independence_edition_convertible_number_027_05



  1. Hej,

    The Independance Edition convertible #31/366 is available for sales in France. I will post more details in the appropriate section.

  2. The #15/366 Independance Edition convertible, a 2.0t BioPower 220 hp with manual gearbox, has made also its way from France to the Netherlands recently, at first at Saab Arnhem, then at Venza Exclusive cars. The #15 had 68000 kms on the odometer when it was sold. The price is unknown.

    The #31/366 I’ve mentionned above and which is available for sales, is also a 2.0t BioPower 220 hp, but with automatic gearbox.
    It currently has 79,500 kms and its owner expects a price of 44,999€. As of today, it’s the only unit which is available for sales.
    If some of you absolutely want to purchase this fantastic Saab, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I will get you in touch with the owner with pleasure 🙂

  3. €45,000 is quite a lot of money and similar convertibles from 2011 may be quite a bit cheaper. But that orange color is awesome and those wheels are unique as well. Too bad none of these ever made it to the USA.

  4. Well, the 3 units which have been sold recently in the Netherlands have been sold around this price. It’s a very rare model. Last year, one of these Independance convertibles has been sold in Germany with 500 kms for around 64,000€.
    And 3 years 1/2 ago, #012 with 470 kms had been sold through KVD Auctions for 600,000 SEK.
    For this #031, a 2.0T BioPower 220 hp (it can run on E85 Ethanol fuel in addition to gasoline) with automatic gearbox, the owner has told me that he is open to negociation and that he would be glad that his car crosses the Atlantic Ocean:)
    If you are personnally interested by this car, don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail 🙂 I will get you in touch with the owner and I may send you some pictures of this beautiful car 🙂

  5. I wish I had that kind of money laying around to spend on a fun summer toy. 🙂 But for now, I have to pass unfortunately. Not sure how easy or hard it would be to import to the USA because model year 2012 for any Saab was never sold here.

    The owner can always list it in the SaabWorld Marketplace. You just never know where you can find a buyer. http://saabworld.org/marketplace/

  6. I wish I could have a budget of this kind as well 😀
    Unfortunately, it isn’t the case 🙁
    But I own and drive a Saab 9-3 BioPower every day for > 6 years already 🙂
    Yes, unfortunately MY2012 didn’t make its way to the US 🙁
    Only several 100s of MY2011 Saabs had been auctioned in the US after bankruptcy, as I know there were 9-3s & 9-5s in BioPower versions, but no Independance Edition convertibles in those shipments 🙁 The factory planned 70-80 units for the North-American market among the 366 units, but as production stopped…only 38 had been produced…
    Thank you for the link 🙂 I’m sure the owner will use it 🙂

  7. I have just tried to put an ad on SaabWorld Marketplace, but for some reasons it doesn’t work with my mobile device (BlackBerry Passport)

  8. I had one on order when the sh*t hit the fan. It was going to be just one of just five equipped with the six speed manual transmission to be imported to the US. Oh what could have been.

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