2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible Yellow Edition

Continuing a Saab Tradition

By Kevin Miller

04.25.2008

Saab has announced the 2008 9-3 Yellow Edition convertible for the US market. Mechanically, the car has the 9-3’s two-liter turbo engine with 210 HP, and it sports the 9-3 Aero wheels and body kit which is typically unavailable without ordering Aero with its 6-cylinder engine. Of course, the most noticeable thing about the car is its Lynx Yellow paint.

A trim edition of a Saab convertible might not seem like big news in and of itself, but this is a yellow Saab convertible. Truly the stuff of legends. In 1991, Saab offered a limited production 900 SPG convertible in Monte Carlo Yellow, with charcoal lower body panels. The SPG (known as Aero in European markets) stood for Saab Performance Group, and it featured a lower suspension, higher-output engine, and limited production numbers. While the 900 SPG hatchback was offered between 1985 and 1991, the SPG convertible was only available in 1991- and that was the only year the 900 was offered in Monte Carlo Yellow. That vehicle remains among the most rare and sought-after Saab models today.

Fast forward six years, and the second-generation 900 convertible was in its third year of production. Saab offered its convertible in Monte Carlo Yellow again that year, though the color was not associated with a special edition that year. The car looked sharp in that color, and it was not a particularly common color sold that year. Though distinctive, the 1997 900 Convertible in MC Yellow has not reached the cult status of the ’91 in the same color; however the same could be said about the first-generation (or classic) 900 vs. the second-generation 900 in general: while the classic Saab 900 has reached a cult status in and of itself, the second-generation 900 right now is simply another used car.

Just today a 1991 900 SPG convertible passed me on my commute home. It was clean and in great shape; to a Saab geek like me it is always enjoyable to catch a glimpse of such a rare classic 900. I look forward to seeing a 2008 9-3 Yellow Edition convertible on the road, so I can check it out in person. Of course, if GM/Saab wants to loan me one from their press fleet for a week of review, that would be even better. The next time you see a yellow Saab convertible, take a second look, to appreciate the rare beauty. And be sure to give the driver a thumb’s up.

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Author: Kevin Miller

As Autosavant’s resident Swedophile, Kevin has an acute affinity for Saabs, with a mild case of Volvo-itis as well. Aside from covering most Saab-related news for Autosavant, Kevin also reviews cars and covers industry news. His “Great Drive” series, with maps and directions included, is a reader favorite.

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3 Comments

  1. That is a retina-searing yellow! You would have to be an extrovert to sign on for that. Still, I’ve seen gigantic Hummers that yellow, so I guess they’ll sell them.

  2. I don’t know, it’s quite mellow to my eye, more of a school bus color.

    But you’re absolutely right, it takes a certain kind of personality to embrace that much yellow.

    I mean, they coulda made Screaming Navy Blue Zonkers, but then life would be different today, wouldn’t it.

  3. The people that own those Hummers in that yellow just want to make sure you notice that they’re selfish jerks.

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