By Jennifer Geiger on May 10, 2012
Although loyalist group Saabs United wasn't able to save the brand, it was able to rescue the bankrupt Swedish automaker's last vehicle when it rolled off the production line.
Saabs United raised enough money to purchase the last 9-3 sedan ever built: a 9-3 Aero Griffin in Arctic White. The vehicle was taken off the production line in February, and the group raised enough funds through its website to purchase the 9-3 and donate it to the Saab museum in Trollhattan, Sweden.
According to the group, the cost of this specific model was $48,672, and the group's members raised extra funds to support the museum. The names of more than 450 people who chipped in for the 9-3 are listed on the group's site.
"We set out to do something that has never been done by any enthusiast group for any auto-brand in the world. We, the fans set out on a mission to buy a car, and not just any car, we set out to buy the last of a production series, the last Saab 9-3 Griffin," the group said on its website.
Saving the last Saab 9-3: Mission Accomplished (Saabs United)
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