A few weeks ago I was cruising around the blogoshere when I stumbled over an article where a guy had bought a 1994 Saab 900 Commemorative Edition in the US. The guy’s name was Dave LaChance and he’s a writer for Hemmings.
If you’re not familiar with Hemmings, they deal with collectors cars and have a magazine about vehicles for sale and the history of various marques etc. They also have an automotive blog, which is where I stumbled over the purchase story.
I and a few other commenters enquired about the condition of the car now (the purchase post was more than just a few months old) and Dave has responded on the blog with an update about the condition of the car.
All up, it’s been a slow process and it’s still ongoing, but if you’re into following projects of this type then it might be worth a bookmark.
There were 500 Commemorative Edition convertibles made in 1994. All were black with a tan top, speciall issue wheels, and a special engine and trim setup. Quite nice and definitely quite collectable for a Saab enthusiasts.
Dave’s latest post on his restoration led me to Ric DiDonato’s Saab 900 Commemorative Edition register. There’s a number of fact sheets about the cars there, as well as a register of owners, complete with edition numbers and mileages – and importantly – whether their cars are for sale.
I was amazed as I flicked through the register how many of these convertibles were on the market. Some of the ads are a little old and it’s unclear whether the cars would still be available, but if someone’s in the market for a “collectavertible” then this might be something worth checking out.
There were also a limited number of tin-top Commemorative Editions made in 1993, and there’s a register for these as well on the website.
Good stuff, and a great resource for fans of these limited edition Saabs.