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SAAB Sonett III V4 — 1974

A classic yellow Sonett Mark III the last year model, that is well maintained and lightly trimmed.

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"Fun sport cars that’s great to drive with a nice a sounding classic V4 motor. A yellow car always liven you up, even in on those worst gray weather days."

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ENKÖPING - MELS GARAGE
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"Fun sport cars that’s great to drive with a nice a sounding classic V4 motor. A yellow car always liven you up, even in on those worst gray weather days."

Description

The car was purchased new on August 4, 1974, by an American physician, Gordon Thinamen, in Minnesota. When he moved to California, he took the car with him and it's in California, its half its life in the dry state climate.
In 2000 the car was imported to Sweden. This sonett is in a very good working condition with original paint; the driver's door was damaged in the -70's and is repainted.
The car is slightly tuned with new camshaft and Weber 32/36 carburetor, original carburetor and camshaft included with the car. Re upholstered seats (2012). Blinkers and parking lights changed to Swedish version (2012). Pertronix switchless ignition system with high-power coil (2013). Replacement brake cylinders and rear brake calipers (2016). New thermostat (2016). New Sachs clutch and new flywheel (2019). Replace all hoses and clamps in cooling systems (2019). Tuned and adjusted by Lundblads Motor Service on rolling road (2019).
Documentation
Original manual and service book with purchase documents and stamping service records. SAAB Sonett III original brochure from 1974. Email exchange from previous owners in the United States that tell the car's story. Import documentation, SAAB Manufacturer's certificate, older inspection certificates 2000 – 2020, workshop invoices, engine data and curves from tuning on rolling road included.

Technical data

  • Year
    1974/1974 
  • Registration date
    2000-05-05 
  • Mileage
    27550 km 
  • Registration Number
    RKT427 
  • Chassis Number
    97745000926 
  • Kw / hp
    48 / 65 
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol 
  • Transmission
    Manual 
  • Interior finish
    Textile/Vinly 

Condition

  • Mechanical condition:

    Drives well and is lightly trimmed by well know Saab tuner Rolf Lundblad Motorservice and tested on a rolling road for best results. Original carburetor is changed.

  • Interior condition:

    Very nice interior, the seals have been reupholstered here in Sweden.

  • Exterior condition:

    Nice condition with some minor scratches and marks. Left front door was repainted early in the car's life. Email conversation with previous owners confirms this.

  • General condition:

    A very well maintained with wonderful history that makes for the perfect classic car.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 2003-03-03
Ursprungsbesiktning: 2000-07-07 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 2000-07-13
Senast godkända besiktning: 2020-04-27
Besiktigad tom: - 2022-04-30
Årsskatt: Skattebefriad
Antal ägare: 3

Facts about the model

I mitten av 1950-talet började det växa fram idéer inom Saab att man skulle ta fram en liten, lätt öppen tävlingsbil med hjulupphägningar och drivlina tagna från den ordinarie produktionen av den då helt nya Saab 93. På Stockholms Bilsalong i mars 1956 visades Saabs första Sonett. Den tillverkades endast i sex exemplar. Några år senare ändrades reglementet så att det gjorde det möjligt för Saab att tävla med preparerade 93:or i stället. I början av 1960-talet byggdes även två stycken formelbilar som inte var tillräckligt konkurrenskraftiga i Formula Juniorklassen så satsningen lades snart ned.
Volvo hade 1961 börjat att sälja sin nya sportbil P1800 tillverkad med standardkomponenter men med en sportkaross tillverkad i Storbritanien och ihopsatt av biltillverkaren Jensen Motors. Hos Saab fick man frågor framförallt från USA om det inte var dags att även de byggde en sportbil. Saab hade ej egna resurser att ta fram en sådan så en designtävling skapades mellan Sixten Sason och AB Svenska Järnvägsverkstäderna, ASJ, samt Björn Karlström och Malmö Flygindustri, MFI. Björn Karlström med MFI gick segrande ur striden. Karossen var tillverkad i plast.
Av vad som skulle kallas Sonett II byggdes 258 exemplar med en trecylindrig tvåtaktsmotor. Som årsmodell 1968 fick Sonetten en större V4 under huven som ursprungligen kom från Ford.

Saab Sonett III presenterades i New York våren 1970. Den fick betydligt bättre kritik än sin föregångare som ansågs vara ett till många delar hobby/tävlingsbilprojekt från Saabs sida. Sonett III var mer genomarbetad och användarvänlig med bl.a. ett ordentligt bagageutrymme åtkomligt från utsidan. Hela karossen med undantag av dörrarna hade fått ett nytt utseende. Fronten blev lägre och utrustad med pop-up lampor. Bakdelen omarbetades med bl.a. annat baklyktor från Saab 99. Växelspaken placerades på golvet. 1973 fick den även modifierade stötfångare från 99:an. 1974, som var sista tillverkningsåret, fick Sonetten stripes på nederdelen av karossen. Av 1974 årsmodell byggdes 2 500 bilar. Totalt tillverkades drygt 10 000 exemplar av Saab Sonett.

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