24th Apr, 2024 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 47

2000 SAAB 9-3 SE Turbo Convertible
1 owner and just 24,500 miles

Sold for £5,400

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: W61 RPB
Chassis No: YS3DF75C617000288
MOT: March 2025

  • One lady owner from new
  • Very low mileage having covered a warranted 24,500 miles
  • Desirable Turbo SE example with the rare manual gearbox
  • Offered with the original stamped service book showing excellent service history
  • Surely one of, if not the best example extant?

When it came to replacing the classic 900, SAAB’s paymasters General Motors were looking for a lightly restyled Vectra. Typically, they didn’t get it. The NG900, later renamed 9-3, so comprehensively departed from its GM underpinnings that little was left. That was good news for buyers, who got a typically innovative and well-engineered car with an ultra-reliable 2-litre turbocharged SAAB engine. Enthusiasts are now returning to these 9-3s for precisely these qualities, with the convertible particularly appealing for its four-seater versatility, with three or five-door hatchbacks or a two-door Convertible having been available. The SE boasts a sportier look with a front chin spoiler, flared rocker panels, a new rear valence, body-coloured mirrors and a sports steering wheel, and with 250bhp, offering 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds and 143mph.

Chassis number ‘617000288’ was supplied new by Saab main agents Ian Allan Motors of Virginia Water, Surrey to its first lady owner, who has retained the Saab for its whole life. Finished in Silver paintwork with Grey leather interior upholstery, wooden dash veneers, and a Black electric hood, the Saab also features electric windows, heated seats, a CD radio player, and alloy wheels. A Turbo example in SE specification, ‘W61 RPB’ pleasingly retains its original front and rear dealer number plates, SAAB floor mats, spare wheel, and original jack and warning triangle, and is offered for sale now having covered just c.24,500 warranted miles from new.

The Saab is accompanied to sale by the original book pack containing the owner’s manual, dealer map, SAAB security guide, in-car safety leaflet, SAAB assistance, quick reference guide, and the stamped service book, all presented in the SAAB wallet. The stamped service book illustrates an excellent service history with fifteen services plus the PDI, with the majority of those completed by the supplying dealership or SAAB specialists, the most recent of which being completed in January this year (by a well-respected specialist) at 24,501 miles. Also offered with a current V5C document showing zero former keepers, very good MOT history, and a ‘no advisory’ MOT certificate until March 2025.

A notably nice example and driving very well for the photography session, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a one-owner and low mileage 9-3 SE Turbo Convertible and is therefore ideal for preservation or as an addition to a private collection. Surely one of, if not the best example extant?

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 24th Apr, 2024

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