Depending on your viewpoint of Saab, this is either the most heartwarming thing you’ll read all day, or as sad and pitiable as a disabled puppy struggling to walk. We won’t pass judgement. But perhaps in the best example of community fundraising since the Amish started charging for their barn raisings, enough Saabistas crawled under the couch, gathered enough wheat pennies from the cushions, and bought the last 9-3 ever built.
The last Saab is a 9-3 Griffin finished in Arctic White with a black leather interior, and equipped with a 180-horsepower TTiD4 diesel. When paired with a 6-speed manual as this example is, it makes for a tantalizing piece of forbidden fruit on this side of the hemisphere. This 9-3 was among 49 final cars that initially came off the assembly line in Trollhättan, but will need to undergo the last stages of finishing by hand—it doesn’t even have its front grille yet.
The fans raised more than the 9-3′s price of 331,850 Swedish krona, or $48,672. And rather than sharing the 9-3 on every other weekend, the Saab enthusiasts will be donating the car, as well as the money, to the Saab museum—which, if you recall, they also helped save. Victor Muller himself was very impressed, sending the chief of fan network SaabsUnited a letter giving his support. Conversely, Tim says that they are waiting for the final car to be assembled before they donate it to the museum, and they are also waiting for the check to clear the Swedish banks and reassure fans that the money won’t be all blown on Örebro Bitter.
Remember, hell hath no fury like a Saabista scorned.