Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Shoulda Had a V4: 1974 Saab Sonett III

I've seen what happens when people buy the first year of a new car when it is released...and it usually isn't pretty.  The new model comes with new technology that always has some teething issues, so I generally recommend that people avoid the first few years of production...but what about the last year or so?  If the factory is being shut, will the assembly people care if your car is assembled correctly, or will they ignore the fine print on their work orders.  I think I'd take a risk on this next car because I can't imagine that any assembly issues haven't been worked out in the past 45 years. Find this 1974 Saab Sonett III offered for $6,500 in Anacortes, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1974 Saab sonett iii
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders

drive: fwd
fuel: gas
paint color: green
size: sub-compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual

type: other
I have a very well sorted last year made Saab sonett iii, year old British racing green paint in good shape, approximately 5k on rebuilt engine 1.7 Ford v4. It’s very well sorted fun little car. Unfortunately I don’t really fit in it with a bad back. It also comes with a bunch of spares. 

See a better way to rock some Saab soccer ball alloy wheels?


  1. When new the Sonnet's MSRP was $5,113 and the Ferrari Daytona's MSRP was about $27,000 according to the ads at the time,
    so I guess those Daytonas might be pushing the mid $30K range now right?

    I did not know that Henrik Thor-Larsen designed the seats, we have some of his chairs around the house but sadly not the one I took to college and left in the dorm that goes for 9000 now. Sigh.

  2. I wonder why the V4 engine configuration was not more widely used. I had a couple of Honda motorbikes with 750 V4. The torque and power are good and they sound amazing.

    Ouch Hugh, sorry about that chair!


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