Classifieds’ Saab Of The Day

Rare Saab 9-3 Viggen on Auction: Bid Now and Own a Piece of Automotive History

Rare 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen for Sale: Bid Now on this High-Performance Hot HatchbackRare 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen for Sale: Bid Now on this High-Performance Hot Hatchback

Are you a car enthusiast on the hunt for a unique and powerful vehicle? Look no further than the 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen, which has been chosen as our Classifieds’ Saab Of The Day. This particular model is available for bidding at an ongoing auction, giving you the chance to snag a rare and coveted car that is sure to turn heads. Here’s why the Saab 9-3 Viggen is such a special find.

Power and Performance

The Saab 9-3 Viggen was named after the Saab-37 Viggen fighter jet and was designed to be a high-performance vehicle. Its 2.3-liter turbocharged engine produces an impressive 225 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque ( power later increased to 230 bhp (172 kW; 233 PS), allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. The car’s top speed is 155 mph, making it a true sports car.

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Not only is the Viggen fast, but it also handles like a dream. Its suspension system was specifically designed for high-speed driving, allowing for quick and precise turns. The car’s steering is responsive, and its brakes are powerful enough to stop on a dime.

Unique Design

The Saab 9-3 Viggen has a distinctive look that sets it apart from other cars. It features a unique body kit that includes a front spoiler, side skirts, and a rear diffuser. The car sits lower than the standard 9-3, giving it a more aggressive stance. It also has a rear wing that provides downforce at high speeds.

Inside, the Viggen is just as special. It features leather seats with a unique blue and black color scheme. The dashboard has a simple yet elegant design, with easy-to-read gauges and a center console that houses the radio and climate controls.

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Lightning Blue: A Striking Color Choice for the Saab Viggen
Lightning Blue: A Striking Color Choice for the Saab Viggen

Limited Production

One of the reasons why the Saab 9-3 Viggen is so coveted is because of its limited production numbers. Only 4,600 were ever produced, making it a rare find. This particular model up for auction is even more special, as it is one of only 288 Viggen convertibles ever made.

This rarity makes the Viggen a sought-after collector’s item. If you’re a Saab enthusiast or a lover of unique cars, the Viggen is a must-have.

Opportunities for Customization

One of the benefits of owning a Saab 9-3 Viggen is the opportunities for customization. The car has a dedicated following, and there are many aftermarket parts available to enhance its performance and appearance.

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Owners can upgrade the car’s exhaust system, install a cold air intake, and add a larger intercooler to increase horsepower and torque. There are also options for custom wheels, performance brakes, and suspension upgrades.

For those who want to make a statement with their car, there are plenty of visual modifications available as well. Owners can add a front lip spoiler, a carbon fiber hood, and custom paint jobs to make their Viggen stand out from the crowd.

Recognizable Viggen seats with strong lateral support, perhaps requiring a little extra care of the leather upholstery
Recognizable Viggen seats with strong lateral support, perhaps requiring a little extra care of the leather upholstery

Currently on auction: 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen

The Saab 9-3 Viggen is a rare and highly sought-after car among enthusiasts, and one example is currently up for auction with an ongoing bid of $8,300. The auction, which runs for another five days, presents a unique opportunity to own one of the fastest and best-performing production Saabs ever built. In this article, we will take a closer look at the 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen, its features, and what makes it so special.

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The Saab 9-3 Viggen for auction is one of just seven 9-3 Viggens configured without a sunroof for use in the “Viggen Flight Academy” – a two-day driver training course held at Road Atlanta, offered with every new 9-3 Viggen. This particular car was then sold to a private owner. It is also one of 426 9-3 Viggens delivered new to the US in 1999, making it exceedingly rare.

The Saab Viggen is renowned for its powerful 2.3-liter engine, which was designed to deliver high performance and speed.
The Saab Viggen is renowned for its powerful 2.3-liter engine, which was designed to deliver high performance and speed.

The car is finished in Lightning Blue over a two-tone black and blue leather interior featuring embossed Viggen logos on the seatbacks, a 9-5 instrument cluster, and a redesigned steering wheel. Signature exterior styling cues include an integrated front spoiler and rear skirt, a streamlined front grille, a polished exhaust outlet, and a rear spoiler.

The consignor notes that the car has a replacement 2.3-liter “B235R L” engine (with a higher factory output of 230 horsepower) and a five-speed manual transmission sourced from a 2002 9-3 Viggen with an indicated 100,000 miles. The replacement engine was equipped at approximately 114,000 miles, and the replacement transmission was fitted at approximately 110,000 miles. The car is also equipped with upgraded Abbott Racing Viggen Rescue Kit suspension components.

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Known Flaws

The Carfax report indicates that the Saab 9-3 Viggen was involved in an accident in 2007 under previous ownership, noting that “airbags did not deploy.” The car also has significant rock chips, scratches, and cracks in the front spoiler, a minor dent in the passenger side door, and damaged front jack-point covers. The paint is flaking on the wheels, and the front badge is sun-faded. The front seats’ leather upholstery shows typical cracks and wear.


The Saab 9-3 Viggen comes with an original engine (suffered a damaged third cylinder at 114,000 miles before being replaced) and an original transmission in need of a rebuild. Additionally, the auction includes a crated collection of spare parts from a 2002 Viggen, notable items including a five-speed manual transmission, a set of 17-inch five-spoke Viggen wheels, front and rear

Final Thoughts

The Saab 9-3 Viggen is a rare and special car that offers a unique driving experience. Its powerful engine, responsive handling, and distinctive design make it a must-have for car enthusiasts and collectors alike.

If you’re interested in owning a Saab 9-3 Viggen, this ongoing auction is the perfect opportunity to make that dream a reality. Don’t miss out on the chance to own a piece of automotive history. Place your bid today and get ready to experience the thrill of driving a Saab 9-3 Viggen.

Additional Notes 

A Broad Arrow Group Car Specialist is working as an agent on behalf of the owner for this vehicle.

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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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