Swedish Meatball: 1968 Saab Sonett II

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This little Swedish meatball is a 1968 Saab Sonett II and it’s as nice as they get. It’s listed on eBay with a current bid price of just over $6,000, but the reserve isn’t met. This perfect little car is in Hotchkiss, Colorado.

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No, that’s not a stock exhaust, it’s a Monza exhaust system. For someone who prefers things original spec, I would rather have a stock exhaust, but it looks ok here. It’s almost a little comical but I’m sure that it adds a little zing. This car is #464 out of 1,610 Sonnet V4s made. This is a Sonett II made from 1966 to 1969 and the V4 was added in middle of 1967 so in that year you could have either a Ford V4 or a Saab 3-cylinder two-stroke engine.

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This car is a jewel, the quality of the work that has been done makes it almost a museum piece. It’s wearing Sonett III wheels and they look great, but being a purist, I’d personally want to put on the original wheels which are included in the price.

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This interior is nicer than it would have been from the factory, or, at least the leather seats are. I don’t believe that they came from the factory with leather seats but it’s a nice upgrade if a person isn’t looking to win points at a concours. This car is nice enough to do that so it’s a shame to see a couple of things that aren’t factory-correct, but when a person is redoing their car they can do what they want with it, of course. I wouldn’t mind sitting on these beautiful leather seats at all. This car will probably be in the $15,000-$20,000+ range, so I won’t be sitting on them, unfortunately. The Sonett was/is a fiberglass car so they had a roll cage to offer some protection.

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This is Ford’s 1,498 CC four-stroke V4 and they were an option halfway through the 1967 model year and were quite an upgrade from the 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine that powered the early Sonetts and Saabs, in general. This particular engine has just been rebuilt and the seller mentions that the free-wheeling feature works as designed. This would be a halo car for any Saab collector or anyone interested in unusual vehicles.

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  1. Blyndgesser

    Sports car with a column-shifted four speed. Nobody does it weirder than Saab.

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    • PAW

      Weirder? Well, ever seen a French car from the era?

      Nice Saab anyhow. GLWTS

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  2. Car39

    Once you got the hang of it, it wasn’t so bad.

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  3. Howard A Member

    The Sonet was one of those “love it or hate it” types. I liked it only because it was a Saab. I had a friend that had 2, never did get a ride in them ( something was wrong with both of them) so I can’t say, but looks like a lot of fun. I agree, the column mounted shifter is pretty lame for a sports car, and the proportions always looked incorrect. Love the color ( my GoldWing was this color) and sure is clean. Too weird though, give me the TR-6 anyday.

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  4. sir mike

    I could live with the exhaust tips IF the were at least straight out the back or angled up some…would improve the look….just saying

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  5. Luki

    Flat out beautiful.
    Only way it could be better is if it didn’t miss the 3 cylinder 2 stroke cutoff date.
    Now when the young kids ask what it is you can say Saab Sonnet. And they will ask “what’s a Saab?”

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  6. Adam Wright

    Little known fact, the Sonnet shared taillights with the Porsche 904, so when I needed taillights I bought a whole Saab rear clip!

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    • D. King

      Cool, Adam! Wish I’d known that when I was driving my Sonett (correct spelling) in the early ’70s. Then again, the 356 in our garage might have been jealous. Sold the Sonett, still have the 356.

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      • Adam Wright

        I think you made a wise choice.

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  7. ROTAG999

    Looks to be pretty darn clean and well sorted most others i have seen are pretty bad even has the Factory mags believe there pretty rare.

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  8. sciguy58

    I think the Sonett 2s look much better than the Sonett 3s. My friend had one with no badging, it was amazing to hear people guess what it was.

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  9. D. King

    Technical question here–did the ’68 V4 Sonett have a manual choke? I don’t remember one on mine (which was totally stock), but I have forgotten a few things in the past 45 years. Anyone know?

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    • Scotty Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      D. King, they had an automatic choke from what I understand. Lots of Sonett II V4 owners look for manual choke conversions.

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      • D. King

        Thanks–I knew there was a reason I didn’t remember it!

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  10. Scotty Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    Auction update: this fantastic Sonett II was a no sale at $10,456.51.

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  11. D. King

    Anyone know what the reserve was?

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