Launched at the 1970 New York Auto Show, the third-generation Saab Sonett was a significantly different car from its predecessor. The V-4 engine was tuned to deliver 68 horsepower, compensating for the increases in size and weight of the new car.
In terms of styling, the Sonett III benefited from contributions by the Italian designer Sergio Coggiola, featuring bolder front and rear sections plus a new interior. In the back, the Sonett III gained a hinged rear window, offering easy access to the rear luggage compartment.
In front, the new treatment included manually operated pop-up headlights. In addition, features such as air conditioning and a floor-mounted transmission shifter were added to meet the requests of American dealers and customers.
1974 was the last model year for the Saab Sonett, bringing the production total to 10,236 cars. The final Sonett to leave the factory in Arlöv, Sweden was bright yellow. It resides in the Saab Automobile factory museum in Trollhättan near Gothenburg, on the Swedish West Coast.
The blue 1970 Sonett III in the Saab USA Heritage Collection, featuring less obtrusive front and rear bumpers than later models, was acquired and fully restored in 2006.
Press release 2007
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