SOTW, Sonett coming together

 Robin,

I thought to change things up a bit it might be interesting to show a current restoration in progress. I’ve owned my 1971 Sonett (71501207) since August 1979. I bought her from Jack Lawrence (he used it as a pace car) and she was real transportation for the first few years, then becoming a summer fun car. Being exposed to WNY winter salt, she was suffering from typical Sonett chassis rust, so I decided it was time solve it. After a couple of light fixes, I concluded she deserved better, and began a complete restoration a few years back. Attached is an image of the restored chassis, with suspension and drive train installed. As the second image illustrates, she now can more than hold up her own weight. With some luck, she’ll be back on the road this summer. Hopefully this story will encourage other Saab owners to do the same. It has been a fun yet challenging project.

Best regards,

Todd Gustavson
Rochester, NY

Mike Baughan
Member
1 year 9 months ago

Hey Todd… This looks awesome. Do you have any pics of before you started working on her?

Jesse Crandle
Member
1 year 9 months ago

It’d be fun to go get an ice cream in that without the shell on it haha.

Johnny Johansson
Member
1 year 9 months ago

Hello, Todd. When the restoration is finished and your Sonett is back on the roads, I hope to read about you and your great restoration job in the club magazine for Club Sonett Sweden.

Ray Siefert
Member
1 year 9 months ago

Hi Todd,
Beautiful car! I also reside in Rochester and have never seen a Sonett on the road. With three SAABs (’99, ’03, ’08) and plans on keeping them for a long time–we’re happy to see you are resurrecting this great historical vehicle. We’d love to see this in person if it’s possible!

Todd Gustavson
Member
1 year 7 months ago

Yes, I live in Roch, but the car is currently in Chautauqua Co. I plan on bringing her to town when finished.

-TG

kochje
Member
1 year 9 months ago

What a nice piece of work you did so far. Look forward to the end-result once you can hit the road with this nice Sonett. Good idea to show such a restauration project. With the actual situation at NEVS we need projects like this 🙂

Dan P
Member
1 year 9 months ago

Absolutely. I’m very fond of Sonett’s, although none came to Australia originally. Good luck getting her back on the road, and may this old article give you some inspiration 🙂 saabsunited.com/2009/07/saab-sonett-heaven-on-flickr.html

I’ve got 2 Saab’s now and I think it’s the way to go – collect them and care for them. I’m looking to add a third – 900 T16 Aero in Steel Grey being my preference! A Sonett III would be nice, though.

kochje
Member
1 year 9 months ago

Hi Dan P, if you once come to Belgium you have to inform me so we can look at a very nice 900 T16 S , in Steel grey 🙂
Enjoy your Saabs and keep them on the road.

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