Hi there, Sven Gunderson here with another Saab. I know that I show Saabs a lot, but they’re great cars, and my mom is Swedish! This great Swedish car is a 1973 Saab Sonett III and it’s on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $5,500 or make an offer. This car is in New Braunfels, Texas.
This isn’t any Saab color that I’ve ever seen, and doing a search for Saab Sonett III colors shows Emerald Green and my favorite, Safari Green, but not the particular green shown on this Sonett. The seller says that this is a mostly-original, not-restored, barn find. The front bumper is missing and there’s no mention as to if it comes with the car or not.
That’s such a great profile! While I prefer the Sonett II with a 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine, I would love to have a Sonett III. This car “has been stored for a long time” and it will need work. It “has underbody rust and has already been partially welded.”
The interior looks fairly complete but it will also need work. I know that the trunk compartment can rust on these cars and there’s no mention of that. A photo with the carpet removed would have been nice. NADA lists the low retail value of a 1973 Saab Sonett III as being $6,475 and the average value as being $11,550, so there’s a bit of room on this one as far as the price goes.
The seller says that the “V4 engine runs perfect as long as you fill gas into the carburetor (see video). Due to the long standing time it seems that the tank/fuel-lines are clogged and therefore no fuel reaches the carburetor. The transmission goes in all gears and the clutch is still good. The brakes must be done as well as some suspension parts.” It sounds like this car will need the full treatment. You may be able to keep the cost down by doing a lot of the work yourself, but the big wild card is the underbody rust. I would want to see this car on a lift, or at least see several photos of the underside of this Sonett with it up on a lift to see the extent of that rust. Hopefully this car isn’t too far gone financially for someone to jump on it as a project. Have you owned a Sonett III? What are your thoughts on this one, trouble spots to look for, etc?