Project With Parts: 1974 Saab Sonnett

Saab Sonett

This 1974 example of Saab’s front-wheel-drive sports car has certainly seen better days, but the price so far reflects that. Offered here on eBay where bidding is below $300 with no reserve, this project comes with a lot of work done and a huge parts stash. The car is in Houston, Texas at the moment. The seller states they modified the front end to take projector headlights rather than the original pop-up’s, which may not be original but it looks pretty good to me. They also say that extensive rust repair to the frame was completed under the tutelage of the local community college body shop teachers. It also sounds like the engine was rebuilt, and modified to deal with unleaded fuel. Weatherstripping has been replaced as well. I’d like to see someone take this on and show me the final result; I think the modifications to the nose give the car a much less dated look, although I’m sure Saab purists would prefer the original setup. What do you think?

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  1. Jose

    I like the looks of the car. Just wish there would’ve been more pictures to include the engine compartment and interior. Hey, if this thing were in northern California (Stockton/Sacramento), it would be mine this afternoon.

  2. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Someone is really missing out here. If nothing else, there are two complete sets of “soccer ball” wheels. There are two individual wheels listed right now on ebay, one for $150, one for $165:

    The whole car is currently going for $326!

  3. Ken

    Jamie, Shhhh. This is perfect to replace the rotted out pan car in our garage.

  4. grant

    i seem to recall a columnist for Automobile Magazine writing about an adventure trying to import and sell one of these at a profit some years back. I could be wrong about the car but I want to remember it being a Sonnet.

  5. Ken

    Shouldn’t have been a problem coming to the US as Sonetts were US market cars, thus 74s got the rubber bumpers similar to those fitted to the 99.

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