Friday, November 13, 2015

Smurfboard: 1974 SAAB Sonett

Why do I keep thinking about and searching for cheap old Saabs?  You'd think that with the Draken gone (yes, someone picked it up the other weekend -- I need to do a full write-up) I'd be totally done with old front drive Scandinavian classics...but I'm not.  Find this 1974 SAAB Sonett offered for $5,000 in Spring Hill, KS via craigslist.  Tip from RyanM.

The first thing that jumps out about this car is the color.  It is a shade of blue that you don't often see on modern cars, and I love a good blue or green on a car.  Far too many cars on the street today are grey/silver/champagne, or some shade of boring red -- nobody buys cars with cool/wacky colors.

This is a Sonett III, so that means the 2-stroke oil burner was no longer an option (shame, that would be the one to get IMHO) and it is powered by a V4 borrowed from the European Ford Taunus.  The V4 displaces 1.7 liters and puts out 65 horsepower to a 4-speed manual gearbox mated to the front wheels.

See another piece of tasty blue cheese for cheap?

1 comment:

  1. Having instructed at the Brae Burn Golf Club School of High-Performance Valet I can attest the seats as being the closest thing to a low-budget go-kart in a DOT-endorsed vehicle; aka soap box derby-ish. Today, I adore it's uniqueness before mainstream-marketing 'masses-of-asses' infiltrated our common passion.


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