Sadly, the last Saab 9-5NG SportCombi’s rolled off the Trollhättan production line in June of 2011, but there is some really great news now: the production is re-starting again. This time in Switzerland, and the first -small scale- deliveries are expected in February already!
Made in Lausanne
It would obviously have been fantastic if Saab Automobile had risen from the ashes to resume the production of what is arguably one of the most beautiful Saabs ever made. But unfortunately, no new Saabs will be leaving the Trollhättan factory anymore. So if the Saab 9-5NG SportCombi indeed is to be taken into production again, where is it coming from then? The answer is: Lausanne, Switzerland, the home of DNA Collectibles.
Close to perfection
DNA Collectibles was founded less than a year ago by four gents, who quit their regular jobs and started a company focused on building and selling high-quality scale model cars. Their collection has since grown rapidly and is currently consisting of eleven 1:18 cars and eight cars on the 1:43 scale.
DNA’s first Saab model was a 9-3 Viggen convertible, to be followed by the AeroX, both on a 1:18 scale. And some months ago, even a 1:43 model of the 9-3 “Turbo Edition” concept car was launched. While DNA’s products definitely aren’t the cheapest model cars around (especially when considering the high shipping costs and additional customs charges, as the cars are shipped from Hong Kong), I have ordered all of them. I think they are of really high quality and the level of detail is very good. So when I heard that they were also going to make my favorite Saab, the 9-5NG SportCombi, I got extra excited!
The -only- SportCombi in glacier silver
DNA’s Saab 9-5NG SportCombi comes in glacier silver (Saab color code: 313), a truly unique color for this car as there aren’t any SportCombis around anymore in this tint. According to our records, there was only one car made: an US-specced Aero with a V6 engine. This car with VIN YS3GR5BJ9C9000014 left the Saab pre-production shop “Frickeboa” on 23 February 2011, but was unfortunately later scrapped.
According to the DNA Collectibles team, the final adjustments are still being made (e.g. the A-pillar will be blackend) but this limited edition model car can be pre-ordered now and first deliveries are expected in February.
If you cannot wait until February to get your hands on a model of the Saab 9-5NG SportCombi, you may want to check out either Edition Atlas‘ 1:43 model in Java brown (which may in fact be hard to find, as Atlas no longer sells them) or the truly amazing (hand-built, limited edition) 1:43 cars from Griffin Models.