A unique mixture of Swedish engineering and quality and Italian body design, and based on extensive studies of American tastes in sports cars, the Saab Sonett III sports coupe for 1972 offers a number of styling changes and improvements.
Chief among the changes, and most noticeable, is a new front grill design, shaped to establish a resemblance with the rest of the cars in the Saab line, and the black rear end.
The Sonett III was originally designed after studies of the American preferences in the areas of sports car design, with the basic shape given it by the well known Italian auto designer Sergio Coggiola. Under the stylish fiber glass body, however, is a solid steel monocoque chassis, including special roll-over protection bars in the windshield pillars and a built-in roll bar behind the seats.
The car is powered by a 1700 cc (103.6 cu. in.) V-4 engine developing 65 net horsepower (SAE) and giving a top speed of 110 mph and zero-to-sixty figures around 12 seconds. The engine, as a result of the car's aerodynamic styling, offers exceptional gas mileage on regular grade gas. For example, typical mileage for normal open road driving runs in excess of 30 mpg.
The Saab Sonett III, the only front-wheel-drive sports car on the U.S. market, is available in five different colors for 1972: Orange, Butterscotch, Dark Blue, Safari Green, and Baja Red. The GT type seats are upholstered in a synthetic corduroy material and the floor both in the passenger compartment and in the luggage space is carpeted.