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The very last Saab 9-3, a 2012 9-3 Griffin Aero sedan finished in white like the one pictured, is expected to roll off the line at the end of May.
It will then go to one of Saab’s remaining dealers to be sold to anyone willing to take ownership.
A group of Saab loyalists at SaabsUnited are hoping to raise enough money so that this final 9-3 can be purchased and then donated to the official Saab Museum in Trollhattan, Sweden, which itself was recently saved from being divvied up and sold to the highest bidder.
So far close to $8,000 has been raised, according to LeftLaneNews, but the group will need more than four times that much to purchase the car. If successful, the car will sit in the museum for years to come and next to it will be a sign listing all the individual members that offered donations to help save it.
While this could very well be the last 9-3 ever built, there’s a very slight chance that it won’t. Prior to its bankruptcy last December, Saab was developing a brand new platform that would have spawned a host of future models including a new generation of the 9-3.
The platform was called the Phoenix and it was previewed in the Jason Castriota-designed PhoeniX concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. If a bidder with deep enough pockets were able to acquire this platform, along with the rights to the Saab name, we could very well see a new Saab 9-3 launched one day. Just don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen.