German auto designs lean toward function and purpose. Italian designers deliver passion and beauty. The Brits, majesty. American cars, brashness and authority. If you want a funky design, though, you go to Sweden. The land of cheap, do-it-yourself furniture and delicious meatballs knows a thing or six about style and design, and while that character is only now reemerging thanks to a certain string of Volvo concepts, it use to be that Saab was the authority on penning some of the industry's more unique designs.

Take the beautiful Sonett for example - a small coupe whose appearance is a funky mishmash of a Porsche 911 and a Bugeyed Sprite with just a hint of a Citroën DS (it's that convex rear window). It's a positively striking car, made more unique by its two-stroke, three-cylinder powertrain and four-on-the-tree manual transmission. With just 70 horsepower hauling about 1,500 pounds of Swedish style, the Sonett strikes us as an ideal alternative to some of the English sports cars of its day, particularly for those that are looking for something beyond your average MG or Triumph.

For Glenn Roberts, the Sonett was a part of his childhood. His family owned example was originally a special-order item by his parents in 1967. He bought the car from them 13 years later and has never looked back, completing a restoration in 2004. With a story like that, it's not surprising that Roberts and his silver Sonett are the most recent pairing to get some attention from Petrolicious.

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      Tdomingo
      • 9 Months Ago
      This video brought a smile to my face. It is family although not a breathing living thing like a pet.
      Cruising
      • 9 Months Ago
      Imagine if GM SAAB had brought back this car in a modern interpretation with distinctive funky styling based on the Kaapa roadster platform.
        Griffen W
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Cruising
        Wouldn't have been enough to keep em alive, but that would have been one hell of a cool car.
        me_not_you
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Cruising
        Spyker SAAB was trying to bring back the Sonett and a 96 like car. Too bad they could not get help from Pang Da, Youngman because GM blocked the partnership.
      Be well
      • 9 Months Ago
      I welder I worked with in the 80's had a Sonnet He took me for a ride in it . It was very nimble and a fun ride. The engine was not a 2-stroke, it was a V-4. The HP wasn't part of our conversation during the ride.
      Hazdaz
      • 9 Months Ago
      Its not often that I see a car that I completely didn't know existed. Love the quirkiness of it. And while he didn't say how much the car weighed, with 70 hp, that thing has got to be a hoot to drive... its probably well under 2000 lbs.
      EvilTollMan
      • 9 Months Ago
      I see a bit of datsun/nissan Z in it too
      • 9 Months Ago
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      CarCrazy24
      • 9 Months Ago
      As a close friend to Glenn, I'm so happy his car and vintage Saabs are finally get their day in the light. I've driven in this very car and it is stunning in every way. The Sonett II is definitely a car I'm keeping an eye out for myself. Petrolicious really knows how to highlight the restorations of these old cars, keep them coming!
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      haha adorable
      stevenh
      • 9 Months Ago
      Quote: the Sonett strikes us as an ideal alternative to some of the English sports cars of its day, particularly for those that are looking for something beyond your average MG or Triumph. There is no comparison between this and my Triumph TR6
      FuelToTheFire
      • 9 Months Ago
      How is this in the LOOSEST definition of the word sporty by any means? A POS two-stroke?(there's a reason they stopped making those) 70 hp? A car which can't get out if its own way is NOT a sports car. I will admit that I don't know too much about SAAB cars, but I can see why historically they've always been considered uncompetitive trash and aren't around today. Any collector who regards this well and considers it a legitimate classic is a moron. From the same era, why not a nice American personal luxury car? Thunderbird, Toronado, Eldorado, Lincoln, etc? Those are both more comfort oriented and sportier,despite being land arks with floaty handling, they have massive power and a smooth torque curve, they can actually get of their own way.
        Stang70Fastback
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but "sporty" and "powerful" are not synonymous...
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        "I will admit that I don't know too much about SAAB cars" You don't seem to know much about cars in general. From what I get you are a sad troll, nothing else.
      Be well
      • 9 Months Ago
      A 4cycle, Ford Tractor engine.
      Bill
      • 9 Months Ago
      looks good but too bad the guy is too big for the car and has to rest his arm out of the window at shoulder length:)
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