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Re: Question on interior view of Sonett
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Posted by juanm [Email] (#201) [Profile/Gallery] (more from juanm) on Wed, 1 Jan 2020 08:46:30 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Question on interior view of Sonett, MI-Roger [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:47:14
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I own a 1974 Sonett III.

You are describing a factory-installed standard roll bar. It is installed over the fuel tank behind the front seats.

Added gauges are a good thing. The Sonett has warning lights for oil pressure, brake failure and alternator. Having gauges provide better and more definitive information than a warning light. I am now considering adding gauges and I will not be racing my car or driving in an agressive manner. I just want to know what is going on with the car's mechanics and electrical system.

I don't think the roll bar supports the roof. It does contact the roof, however. IF the car were to roll over, it would certainly support the roof to a certain extent but the main purpose is to minimize the possibly of the driver getting crushed in a roll-over. If the roll bar were not in place the roof wouldn't be supported or capable of holding itself up. BUT in a roll-over, certainly the bar is going to try and minimize damage to the driver.

What you describe is nothing to be concerned or nervous about.

To learn more about Sonetts, start googling as well as watching videos on You Tube. Check out Amesie's Corner on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/user/paulvolio look for his Sonett videos.

Check for other sonett videos too. lots out there.
here's a good restoration one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYXfvdZVsuw

Check mine out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q61hSbci_WQ

Also check out as vintagesaabclub.org

If you are a FaceBook member there are at least three groups that discuss Sonetts and V-4 engines.

The biggest issue, I think, regarding Sonetts is RUST - especially in the trunk (battery installed there), the rocker panels and the floor. Also ANYWHERE!! Typically many Sonetts had been improperly stored and the steel under the fiberglass rusts and rusts and rusts.

Sonett owners love their cars but can also criticize them for many shortcomings.

Good luck.


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