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Rides from the Readers: 1968 Saab Sonett

Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club members share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us via our contact email, We're showcasing some of our favorite stories among these submissions. To have your car featured, send complete photography and your story of ownership to the above email address.

I saw one of these at the NYC Auto Show, back in the late 60's. I loved it, but I was still in my mid-teens. For some reason, I thought that some/all had two-stroke engines. I know that SAAB did use those.
Anyway, yours are great, and I'm glad you've gotten so much enjoyment and reliability from them.
Thanks for a very fine and informative article.

These are such beautiful cars. I would love to see one in my garage.
New Driver

In the very competitive autocrossing days of the early 70s in DC, Schwing Motors, a Saab dealer in DC trailered in a monster FTD Sonett driven by a very good driver, John Ames. The gearing allowed him into 4th gear when most of us spent time in 2nd or 3rd as I did in the Dick Freeman built FTD Mini. That Sonett never had the hood open, so we never saw an induction system, but the fat slicks on all 4 corners let you know it was something special. Its had more power than the 1293 cc Mini with 2 Webbers 40s and a cross flow head and it weighed only about 200 pounds more. Does anyone know where that Sonett is today?