DNA Collectibles, an up and coming resin model maker out of Switzerland, started to produce models in 2017. The founders started the company with one thing in mind: build cars they like and not what everyone else likes. The first of which was this Saab 9-3 Viggen convertible. While all the other model makers are cranking out JDM this and LibertyWalk that, DNA decided a Saab was the car for them. I love it!
DNA came onto the scene swinging, debuting with the Saab 9-3 Viggen convertible. There isn’t anything more impressive than making the very first model you ever produce a convertible. You better get all of your interior details spot on; you can’t hide them behind a roof. DNA has done just that with their Saab Viggen. Every button and every switch is there, right down to the adjustment knob to dim the interior lights. Most importantly, the key is on the floor, because this is a Saab and that's where God intended it. This is, by far, the best interior I’ve ever witnessed in a model.
The fun doesn’t stop there though. Look closely at those headlight wipers! DNA didn’t go the knock-off route and mold some wiper-looking things into the front bumper. They actually made tiny wipers to attach to the headlamps! If you are a sucker for high-class details, you’ll love the badges, turn signals with real lenses, and perforated grilles.
It’s not all puppies and rainbows here though. The front wheels, which aren’t steerable of course, happen to be on a fixed axle. The axle slides, so the tires can end up too far left or too far right, just like our little Hot Wheels cars. Another disappointment was found with that same front set of wheels. One of the calipers was not fixed and spun freely with the wheel. I’m hoping that this model was actually damaged and not something found in each model.
DNA's packaging is among the most luxurious of any model I have in my collection, too. Wrapped in a silk drawstring bag, the model comes packed in its own individual box on its own acrylic base. The bag has a detailed hang-tag on the drawstring too, with the car's name, DNA model number, and a note that says you can use the bag to clean the model. The thought and detail that went into the packaging alone tells you about these guys' passion for model cars. Having just announced their 2019 lineup, I know I will definitely be adding plenty more DNA Collectible cars to my shelves.
Note: DNA sent me this model as a press car.
This car was sent around to my Live and Let Diecast colleagues. We wrote up a group review of this and their 1/43 Volvo XC70, and also recorded a LaLD Podcast episode discussing it. This DriveTribe article includes several more of my photos as well as my own individual opinions of the model.