SAAB: sonett

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:Tan
Engine:V4 1.7L
Number of Cylinders:4
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I bought this 1971 Saab Sonett III Model 97 in 1985 as a “retirement” project.However “retirement” has other projects and priorities.
Mileage is 52,238.This is one of only 1265 produced.These were essentially handmade.One interesting discrepancy is that the VIN on the door post is 71500273, while the VIN on the dash is one number different. Oops.
The wheels are the Italian design, and I have been told that the wheels alone are worth $700 to $800.
The interior is excellent. There is little visible wear, and everything is intact, including the covering over the rear hatch latch mechanism. There is some driver's seat wear, but less than I have ever seen in any other Sonett of this vintage. The only other interior issues are that there is some seat fabric and carpet sun fading, and the headliner needs re-glued.
When I bought the car there was no operating clutch.I put the clutch back together while still on the car lot, and then drove it home. I drove it about 45 miles before parking it. It ran very well.There were no mechanical problems other than the clutch and a missing muffler. I then parked it for 27 years in my heated garage.As far as I know, everything worked when it was parked in 1985, and I am not aware of any damage from the storage other than more age.
The exterior is complete, including the difficult to replace bumpers. They are damaged, but possibly restorable. There are a few places the fiberglass has been damaged, such as right rear under the bumper, the right hand lower rear hood and passenger door, and the trim over the passenger door.I don't find cracks anywhere. Overall, the fiberglass is good.
Everything is there except the exhaust system from the Y pipe back, and normally replaceable items like hoses.
The major issue is rust, but the rust is less than that of some other Sonetts that I have seen or owned of this vintage from Northern Ohio. The driver and passenger floor pans are still intact, which is unusual. The rear hatch floor is rusted around the edges, but still there.The driver's side rocker is intact, with repairable rust damage in both front and rear left hand wheel wells. The passenger rocker has been caved and is essentially totally rusted on the bottom. There is repairable rust damage in both front and rear right hand wheel wells at the rocker area, but the right hand rocker needs total replacement.
I placed the Sonett on Ebay in 2013 and thought that I had sold it.The buyer has defaulted and has never picked up the car, so the sale is incomplete.Thinking it was sold, I had moved it outside my heated garage, so it has now been parked partly covered outside for 2 years.
I need to find this gem a good home.
Thank you for your bidding.

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