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1973 Saab Sonett

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1973 Saab Sonett
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About This Saab
1973 Saab Sonett
VIN #: 97735000762
Stock #: 97735000762
Used Clear Title
4 Spd Manual
Front Wheel Drive
Exterior Color:
Interior Color:
Interior Surface:
Limited Warranty

Vehicle Overview

Check out this Burnt Orange sporty 2 owner 1973 Saab Sonett with all original service records, documented 50,519 miles, the original sales brochure, original stamped owners manual and original bill of sale.
It was traded to JMK Saab in New Jersey in 2011 and was displayed in their showroom. This fiberglass Swedish Front Wheel Drive Sports Car runs and drives so sweet and you will stay cool this summer with it's Factory AC system. Recent maintenance includes all new or rebuilt master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders and all brake hoses and a Weber Carburetor, period correct fuel pump, door weatherstrips and various body rubber seals. 
The redesign of the Sonett in the 70's was the result of Sergio Coggiola's work, which was refined and made production-ready by Saab designer Gunnar Sjögren. It was a stylish aerodynamic masterpiece, with an almost unheard-of 0.31 drag coefficient. The longer nose lost its tilt capacity, in favor of a small hood topped by a subtle flat black blister, and the hood and fenders were now on the same level, with manually raised headlamps hiding in the fenders. A horizontal grille design spanned the width of the front and covered optional driving lamps. The Sonett II's tiny drop-down trunk opening was replaced by an opening, frameless rear window, and demure blade bumpers complemented the styling front and rear. The Turin-based designer had called for quarter windows flanking the rear window, but cost concerns caused them to be replaced by small vent windows directly behind the side windows.
Inside the Sonett III, a properly sporting floor-mounted shifter was standard, as were corduroy/vinyl high-back bucket seats with integral headrests and clever adjustable lumbar support pads. All got a standard leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel on a collapsible column. Three large dials faced the driver and offered gauges for speed, rpm, temperature and fuel.
The 1,498cc V-4 engine was carried over, and with a 32mm, single-barrel Autolite carburetor and 58.9 x 90mm bore and stroke, it made an SAE-rated 73hp at 5,000 rpm and 87-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,700 rpm. Sharp handling, long a Saab trait, was accomplished with the III's manual rack and pinion steering, a transverse wishbone independent front and tube axle rear suspension, both coil-sprung with telescopic shock absorbers. Dual-circuit braking was handled by 10.5-inch Lockheed front discs and 8-inch rear drums, and 155SR15 tires rode on 15x4-inch steel or optional Tuneverken alloy wheels. The car's curb weight climbed to 1,785 pounds, offsetting the body's wind tunnel advantage.
While the price remained the same, the Sonnet III's V-4 received a different crankshaft for 1971; the 90mm stroke was complemented by a new 66.8mm bore, and with 8.0-compression, the engine made 65 DIN-rated hp at 4,700 rpm and 85-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm. With a 4.67:1 final drive ratio, the little sportster could hit 60 mph in 11.5 seconds and top 105 mph. Other changes included a standard steering hub-actuated horn (moved from a stalk) and side-impact door beams, while "CoolAir" air conditioning became optional.
A redesigned hexagonal grille appeared in 1972, better utilizing the opening's shape, and no matter the body color, the Kamm-style rear panel was now painted in trendy black, a la the Triumph TR6. A new all-silver "soccer ball" design for the 4.5-inch alloy wheels also set the low-production, Sonett III apart.
Larger changes were on the horizon in 1973, when the  two-seater gained a pair of Saab's famous heavy, impact-absorbing bumpers. Other safety-minded additions were flat black windshield wiper arms, a new support design for the rear hatch and a rain trough to divert water from the open window. The radial tires wrapping the alloy wheels were resized to 165SR15, and inside, the dashboard controls were redesigned to complement the new upholstery and door handle design. Curb weight rose to 1,875 pounds.
The Sonett III was in its last year of production in 1974. A total of 8,351 Sonett IIIs were built during the production run, and much like its sporting counterpart at Volvo, the P1800, Saab's sports car wouldn't return for the second half of the 1970s, a victim of slow sales and ever-increasing safety and emissions regulations.
Despite its perennial low production, the Sonett III has become a beckoning siren for a small number of vintage Saab enthusiasts. And although it uses an engine whose parts are long since gone from most dealers' shelves, as well as a body whose trim is rarely--if ever--reproduced, the car has some dedicated supporters who keep the Sonett community mobile by sourcing OEM parts and remanufacturing those that are no longer available. Do-it-yourselfers can find great technical assistance online, with clubs and a virtual community of knowledgeable, helpful Saabers, and Sonett specialists can help with the rest. Despite their diminutive size and lack of "modern" creature comforts, the joy of driving these unorthodox two-seaters is pure, undiluted Saab.

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Swedish Motors Marietta PA

Swedish Motors

7 North Decatur Street
Marietta, PA 17547

Rich Kushner
717-426-2202 x101
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Features & Options

Ext / Int Color
Orange with Biscut Cloth Interior
Audio / Video

Vehicle Condition

Service History
50,519 Miles
Passed Thorough Dealer Inspection
Dealer Maintained
Have Original Manuals
No Known Mechanical Problems
Covered by a Limited Warranty. Contact seller for details.
Condition Report
Excellent Interior
Excellent Carpets
Excellent Seats
Excellent Dashboard
Excellent Panels / Headliner
Excellent Exterior
Excellent Original Paint
Excellent Trim Condition
Excellent Glass Condition
No Visible Rust
No Known Accidents
No Known Bodywork
Fully Detailed
Tires & Wheels
Excellent Condition
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