Right now, in my garage, I have what many might consider a Saab nightmare: a crashed Viggen and a reluctant insurance company.
But I also have a Saab dream. I have several of them, actually.
I’d like to work for them in a constructive manner for starters. My day job’s about as exciting as a lamp post and I’d love to be genuinely involved in helping Saab be successful.
But in terms of cars, I have one distinct ownership dream, which I think will be quite attainable in a few years time after we get our home mortgage behind us.
I’ve never driven one, which is totally ridiculous as I probably could have in Sweden back in June if I’d pursued an opportunity, but I’d love one all the same. I have a feeling that in reality, they’re pretty slow, but I know it’d probably feel faster than what it is.
They’re an unhailed icon for Saab, completely different from their mainstream vehicles. I don’t know why, but I just want one.
Normally, I’d consider a turbocharged Saab only. But there’s something so right about these Sonett III’s that I just can’t help but want to get one. And for a dream car, they’re quite reasonably priced. Some people have dream cars that will cost them six figures. You can pick one of these up for four figures.
There’s plenty of reasons to not want one of these. Parts must be difficult to find, and it’d be left-hand drive so registering it here, even for limited use, might be difficult. I’d have to ship it to Australia as well and that’s after I find a good one.
But what can I do? I have a disease.
I love the shape. I love the fact that it’s a genuine Saab and still so different from anything else they ever made. Well, sort of. I love the interior and especially the seats. Though I don’t even know if I’d fit in one of these.
Oh well. The mortgage payments will continue and I’ll keep on improving the site and cruising the classifieds in the meantime.
And whoever owns that one in the picture (I googled it) – kudos on a magnificent looking Sonett.