Jalopnik go all Swedish today

Jalopnik are having an unofficial Swedish day today.

First they ask what’s your favourite Swedish car? I was getting worried initially as there were a lot comments up front for Ovlov wagons, but Saab got its fair share of representation further down the list.

Secondly, their ongoing Project Car Hell series, where they ask readers to vote on two potential project cars that are on the market, pits the Saab Sonett III against a Volvo P1800ES.

Currently, the Volvo’s in the lead:

Jalopnik vote

If it were the P1800 coupe I could almost understand. But the wagon?? The wagon managed to take the coupe lines and completely bastardise them. The P1800 is the only Volvo I’d ever consider owning, and that was if all my Saab projects were complete.

If you disagree with the current state of play in the vote and would like to show your support for the Sonett, then the voting page is here.


I’ve already slated the idea of getting a Sonett III and I think it’s going to be a TS project for the future. Not the near future, mind you, but 3 or 4 years down the track. Importing one will cost around $3K on top of the car, but with it being something so unique and rare here in Oz, it’s too tempting a prospect to ignore.

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  1. Note enough voters going across. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, though, hence the small link and seeming lack of urgency. Last time I really promoted a poll, it was at Autoblog and drew more fire than credit for the owner of the car.

    So, if the Ovlov wins it just proves the theories about majority tastes in America when it comes to cars 😉

    Have a look at the back of that Volvo (use the links at Jalopnik). It’s dog ugly.

  2. Oh Mats…….

    The ES is a superior looking car???? The ES???!!!

    How can you live/work in Trollhattan and say these things? I’d like you to drive down to the factory carpark today and apologise to all the people coming out at the end of their shift for what you just wrote here.

    I’m distraught! 😉

  3. It was tied at 206 when I voted, and now it’s 209 – 207 in favor of the Saab. Hell yeah.

    And Mats…dude. Not cool. Not cool at all.


  4. Can’t bring myself to vote for either one. If it was a Sonett II, I’d vote in a heartbeat, but not for a III. I almost want to vote for the Volvo because, if it’s like the sedan, the fuel injection computer is under the driver’s seat, and it has a knob that allows you to adjust the mixture. It was kind of fun to be able to play with the mixture while driving, and get immediate feedback.

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