2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible Yellow Edition
Continuing a Saab Tradition
By Kevin Miller
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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