Saab History

Saab Softop roof system that never entered production

Saab 9-3 with SofttopSaab 9-3 with Softtop roof system

Here’s one-of-a-kind Saab, but with a twist…

In 1995, Valmet Automotive participated in Geneva Motor Show for the first time. On the stand they had a Softop roof system concept set on a mockup chassis. Next year, the same items were again showcased, although in refined fashion – as shown here.

Saab 9-3 softtop roof

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At the end of the video, you’ll see another Saab rarity – a Saab 9-3 with the Valmet Automotive designed Softop roof system concept from 1996 that never entered production:


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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.

1 Comment

  • Great video. I’m fascinated with my 9-3 OG convertible and spent the summer fixing the roof, so this is very interesting. Looks like the roof is sleeker, and the bows aren’t so visible. Any idea why it never made it to production?

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