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Saab 9-3 “Deauville” Limited Edition from Hirsch

Saab 9-3 Deauville Edition

Most Saab enthusiasts did not even hear of this small extraordinary edition of Saab’s special cars -“Deauville” Edition. Saab Turbo X was only sold in 2008 in a limited edition of 2000 cars, of which 175 were sold in Sweden, but this “Deauville” this edition numbered only 99 cars.

“Deauville” Edition from Hirsch was a special edition for the Swiss Saab importer, it was a promotional Saab edition for the Geneve Car Show in 1999.

Deauville wooden trim panels in Saab 9-3 special edition

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In essence, it’s about the serial Saab cars that the Hirsch tuner house has additionally improved – classic Saab 2.0LPT engine power is raised from 154 hp to 220 hp, Hirsch alloy wheels with 17-inch were added; and some parts of the interior have been replaced by wooded – mahogany panels were made in Germany (Konstanz) according to Hirsch order, in a factory that produces wooden panels for Mercedes and Porsche.

Deauville panels for Saab

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It was limited to 99 pieces, available only on the Swiss market, introduced a rather famous Swiss Saab refiner Hirsch based in St. Gallen, CH during the 1999 Geneva Motorshow. Interesting, the panel on the glove box next to the name of edition also included the serial number of the given car, and additionally –  the letters were gilded.

You can find the official manufacturer on ebay, selling some stuff (not only Saab and not only Deauville) which is left over from the small series it was made in.

Deauville Hirsch wheels

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Deauville inserts in Saab 9-3

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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