By Andrew Ganz
Monday, May 7th, 2012 @ 4:48 am
 
Although the last chapter of Saab's saga hasn't been entirely finished, the final car to bear the automaker's badge will be headed to the Swedish automaker's museum.

An online donation campaign spearheaded by enthusiast website SaabsUnited.com has managed to raise enough cash to buy the last Saab to be ever assembled. About 600 donors from all over the world contributed to the purchase.

The car in question is a 9-3 Aero sedan that is finished in Arctic White. It is powered by a 180 horsepower TTiD4 turbodiesel engine that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The car is equipped with several extras such as rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, electric front seats and a premium sound system. This bumps its price up to 331,850 Swedish kronor, or about $48,672.

The last 9-3 was cobbled together after literally sitting uncompleted on the automaker's production line for months. Even after Saab declared bankruptcy, debt collectors figured it was better to complete the last few cars that remained on the line rather than scrap them.

The Saab Cars Museum in Sweden was spared liquidation earlier this year when a group of investors including the city of Trollhattan, Sweden, rallied together to acquire the facility and its assets. Officially reopened in March, the museum will almost certainly outlive the automaker, although the Swedish government is working with debt collectors to potentially sell what is left of the brand to the highest bidder. Even if the Saab brand is reborn, it is extremely unlikely that the 9-3's GM-derived architecture will be used again on a Saab-badged car.