Monday, September 10, 2018

Son of a Busa: 1973 Saab Sonett w/ Hayabusa engine

Do you know what you can get at a new car dealership for $10k?  Absolutely nothing. Even the most bare bones, teeth rattling, manual everything equipped Nissan Versa 4-door will set you back $13,000 before taxes, license, registration, and stupid tax.  To add insult the injury, the Nissan will depreciate faster than an open can of beluga caviar in the hot Florida sun and will be worth nothing in a few years...but FEAR NOT, because Daily Turismo has the answer to your prayers for automotive happiness and depreciation proof assets....errr...maybe.  Find this 1973 Saab Sonnet w/ Hayabusa engine offered for $10,000 in Voorheesville, NY via craigslist.

From the seller:
1973 Saab Sonnet 
condition: excellent 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
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Custom built, one of a kind, award winning!
~1650# weight balance 49f/51r 
Perfect 1973 Saab Sonnet rust free chassis with factory interior (also nearly perfect) 4-point safety harnesses
2005 Suzuki Hayabusa engine, fuel injected. 12k redline 200hp
6 speed manual transmission, no reverse, low ratio
1980 Toyota Corolla 4 link rear end, open diff, two piece drive shaft with carrier bearing
Afco coil over front, spring/shock rear.
Full 8 point roll cage. 1.75 .090 DOM tubing
10 gallon racing fuel cell
All lighting 100% - NYS inspect-able, Last registered and inspected 2017. currently off the road
13" sticky tires
over 1000 build pics.
ground up build, no corners cut. 

Fast? lol What do you think? This is a no joke car. Needs owner who can maintain, enhance and handle. 

Price is Firm. As you know, I have way more in it, and unfortunately life demands cash not cars. 


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  1. Should make a really nice daily driver with no reverse. That open diff will help in getting that 200hp down!

  2. A photo of the engine installation would help. Is is in the front or back? Longitudinal or transverse?

  3. If there's a vehicle that ever needed a video to help it sell, this would be the one.

  4. I’m pretty sure this is the same one.

    1. Definitely this car. The seller needs to list these videos, plus add a GoPro for driving experience videos.

  5. More info here:

    1. ....and the mother lode of pics and vids at

  6. Many moons ago I had a friend in law school who pulled up to my house driving a stock Sonnett. You haven't lived until you have seen a man of Falstaffian girth exit a Sonett. Its a thing of otherworldly bizarreness.

    1. "Falstaffian girth..." Who says DT only attracts knuckle draggers?! (braciate-ers?)


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