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For Sale: Rarest, fastest Hirsch Performance Saab 9-3 Convertible ever made

Saab 9-3 Convertible for SaleSaab 9-3 Convertible for Sale

Advertised for sale is the rarest, fastest Saab 9-3 Convertible ever made for US market. The largest engine ever equipped into a Saab convertible.

The most horsepower of any Saab car sold in North America. The highest top speed rate limited to 164mph of any Saab ever sold in North America.

  • 2007 9-3 Saab Aero Convertible
  • V6 High Performance Engine
  • 6 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Lazer Red Paint
  • Beige Top
  • Hirsch High Performance Saab Authorized Upgrade to 275HP
Saab Convertible for Sale
Saab Convertible for Sale

How rare is the car?

In the history of Saab North America…. They made 4228 9-3 Aero Convertibles with the V6 engine (largest engine ever offered in a Saab convertible). Saab Made the High Performance Aero with V6 engine for only 3 years, 2006-2008:

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  • Only 772 of those Saab 9-3 Aero Convertibles had the very rare 6 speed manual transmission.
  • Only 34 of those featured Lazer Red Paint. (Less than 4% of Saabs are red)
  • Only 3 of those had beige cloth tops. (Rare Top Color)
  • Only 1 of those was made in the desirable 2007 model year, this one.

According to the Saab registry database online, of all Saab convertibles there are only 2 registered with less odometer miles for ALL years and ALL locations.

Hirsch upgrade for Convertible

And according to the Swiss Performance firm Hirsch that was the equivalent for Saab of M Series (BMW) and AMG (Mercedes),  less than twenty Saab 9-3 Aero Convertibles received the Hirsch performance upgrade per their records.

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The vehicle is very, very fast with the responsive turbo charger and Hirsch upgrade. The vehicle is governed to reach a speed of 164mph although I’ve not had it above 100mph on the interstate and was not even yet in 6th gear.

Hirsch Performance was authorized by Saab North America as a dealer performance upgrade eligible for those Saabs in North America as the only legal means to have a high performance Saab without voiding the Saab factory warranty.

Hirsch Performance AG upgrade certificate
Hirsch Performance AG upgrade certificate

Unfortunately, only a couple locations in the USA had the costly equipment required by the dealer and the necessary training by Hirsch to do the dealer and factory authorized performance upgrades. This is one of those unicorn cars that got the Hirsch upgrade.

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It gets better. The car was literally owned and driven by a little old lady in California who bought it for just shy of $50,000. The first owner (I’m the second owner) acquired the car new in 2008 and it was received by a living trust registered for her benefit at an address in Southern California.

Sadly, the original owner’s estate had no idea what kind of collector car they actually owned and the estate traded off to a Lexus dealer in Southern California that in turn dealer transferred it to an auto auction and ultimately to a luxury used car dealer on the Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach, California. Seller bought the car the first day they offered it for sale and had it imported to the Midwest last Fall.

Saab Convertible for Sale interior

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Since this car is of such high quality, low miles and in the rarest of all configurations Seller D. Troy Moritz invested into what is required to make this a show winning car.

He spent $500 on auto detailing of the car including clay bar work, $2000 on having the front cowling replaced (they ALL crack when people hit curbs), and he hired the best paintless dent repair company in the Midwest to remove every micro dent from the car’s exceptional original paint. This vehicle is ready to be a show winner and is survivor class eligible also.

The only other work done to the car was a new battery installed last week and scheduled maintenance by Patrick Cadillac-Saab in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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The vehicle includes a high quality Saab car cover, two sets of keys, all the original manuals and paperwork, back seat windscreen/tanneau cover and my records of the vehicle.  No accidents. Clean vehicle history report. This is simply the finest and rarest modern Saab you’ll find anywhere.

Prior to my purchase of the vehicle less than a year, less than 1000 miles ago, he hired one of the best known Saab experts in the nation to personally inspect the vehicle. Anders at Swedecar in Torrance, CA personally inspected and drove the car before he acquired it as he wanted to make sure the car was as impeccable as he believed it to be. His testimonial and assurances led me to acquire the car sight unseen.

Payment face to face at seller location in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Call 847-833-1422 or message seller through the internal eBay system if you have additional questions. 

Price: US $20,500.0
Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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