I’ve been watching Sonett III prices for a while now. Quite a few of them are reaching five-figures these days, but there are usually some available for four figures if you look around.
In fact, here’s a chart plotting the advertised sale prices for Sonetts, from SaabSonett.org. As you can see, there’s a growth trend apparent but still plenty of availability under $10K (depending on condition, of course)
There’s a Saab Sonett III coming up for auction in Paris next week. It’s one of five Saabs being sold by Bonhams that used to belong to Behermans, the Belgian Saab importer for many years.
The car is a 1972 Sonett. In the plus column is a specially fitted leather interior, a California history before being exported to Europe, and low mileage at just 56,000 miles. The gearbox was rebuilt just a few years ago, too.
Downside: I’m not sure who made the decision to paint the car black – a non-original Sonett colour – but whoever you are, I wish you hadn’t. I don’t mind Sonetts being re-painted in something other than a factory colour. My mate Jim Coggs has a Sonett III in metallic red and it looks magnificent. But I’m not sold on this black paint job.
This Sonett’s going to be auctioned on February 6.
The sale price is going to be very interesting because there’s no reserve, so the car will sell. What’s really interesting is the expected sales range as forecast by Bonhams, which is between €20,000 – 25,000.
As you can see from the price chart, at the top, that would pretty much top all Sonett ads in the last four years. And all for a car painted in a non-standard colour for the model. I know Bonhams want to talk up the value a little to try and drive the price up, and the sale IS happening in Europe, where Sonetts are pretty rare, but still……
The re-trimmed interior works in the car’s favour but I’m not sure that Behermans ownership adds anything to the value, but maybe it does.
I know we’ve got a few Sonett owners who check in here. What do you think of the way this car’s been finished and what do you think it might be worth?
And what’s it going to mean for the value of your car if this one goes for a price within the Bonham’s estimated range?