All this sales stuff, critiques of crappy ads, frustration over a lack of development – well, it all fades a little when you step back, take a breath and check out a car that you love. And this is one of those cars for me. This is a 1999 Saab 9-3 Monte Carlo.
I was actually looking for a Monte when I bought my Viggen. As you’ll see from the article below, there were only a limited number of them here in Australia, so finding a good one proved to be difficult. I love the color, and there’s just something about the whole package, along with the exclusivity, that just works.
If only I had the money and the room…..
I was sparked into writing about this as there’s one for sale here in Australia at the moment and it looks alright, if a little overpriced.
I still love these Montes. There were only 50 of them released here in Australia, each of them numbered. There were three-door and five door versions released. The three-doors were predominantly manuals and the five-doors were mostly autos.
That Australia got 50 of these was a little surprising given that there was only 195 made of them for the worldwide market. I’m curious as to who got the rest of them.
For those of you who are interested in learning more about the modern Monte, there’s a good article here at Autoweb.