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Day 7 – Friday Februay 20

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the February 20th, 2009

I am burning another day of vacation to work on the Sonett in 20 degree weather. This will be good trainig in case I ever have to work on a Snow Cat in Antarctica.

3 cups of coffee later, I am caught up to most of activities including shoveling the driveway. Adam needs to fill in the details with some pictures.

Found a link this morning to a GT40 Saab Sonett. The hand creation in amazing.
Sonett GT40

“Sonett GT40″

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  1. perryclark said,

    on February 21st, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Jeff and Adam, To add to your historical account of this car. let me answer a few questions and make a few comments as this car’s pervious owner (Perry). First of all, I love the car’s new plate WAWAZAT. The previous plate 7 SAAB 4 was this car’s plate for many years and my first of many vanity plates. I purchased this car on December 18, 1986 from Mr. William C. McCormick. (The other name that you asked about – Roger- from Cuyahoga Falls was the previous owner to the first Sonett III that I owned). Mileage whan I bought this car was 32,516. So I enjoyed this car for 2,759 miles. I paid $3700 for it back then (and $203.50 taxes).

    I believe that William was the second owner, and that he purchsed the car from a dentist in Florida. But I could be wrong.

    When you made your offer from a Craiglist posting, I had another guy (John) who was interested, and he also made me an offer. I declined both offers to put the car on the Saab Classifieds website, knowing that some Saab freak would jump at the chance to purchase this gem. I plunked down my $40 bucks and about 6 weeks later, it finally appeared on the website. Lots of emails, a few suspicious offers, but no deals.

    John, the other guy, and I share the same profession (school psychologists) and he kept in touch, occasionally asking aout the status of the car. After no seroius action on this car, one of his emails prompted me to get back with both of you guys to make me your best offer over $3,500, and you made the better offer, so the car was yours.

    By the way, John, like yourself, is into German cars, but I believe he favors the BMW’s. He has restored one to perfection. I knew either of you two guys would give this car a great home and the attention it needed. I was also happy to know that one day I may see it tooling around Northeast Ohio.

    I will watch your progress on this fantastic car with great interest and anticipation. Thanks for sharing. I am going to tell John about this website, as well as my brother Paul, another Saab freak, with about 3-4 Sonetts sitting in his garage (parts cars???) and my buddy Terry, former Ghia owner and car freak in general. Perry

  2. Administrator said,

    on February 21st, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks for the first Comment on our Blog.

    Well, Roger thinks we bought his car. I didn’t understand that your file had records from multiple cars in one folder. Oh well, when it is finished we’ll still take it by for him to see. I talked to him for about 30 minutes today. Great guy but wrong car.

    On the inside cover of the owners manual is a lady Donna Kowalewski (she might be a distant relative of ours). The car was sold in Pittsburgh at Al Schwartz Mercedes Benz on April of 75. I think Al’s was a used car dealership so maybe Donna was the second owner.

    Later in the day we talked with Bill. Almost couldn’t find him. He move 1/2 a mile down the street from where you bought the car. He didn’t know what to make of me at first but loosend up as we talked. Apparently he is still into Saabs. He remembers picking the car up in Florida car dealership. Maybe a dentist traded it in? He said he put more miles on driving it back than the rest of his ownership time. Seems like he owned it from maybe 83 to Dec 86 when you bought it.

    Thanks for the help.

  3. perryclark said,

    on February 21st, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Wow, you have been busy looking into this car’s history. Does Roger still live in Cuyahoga Falls? I can certainly understand Roger’s confusion. If he remembers selling his low mileage orange ’74 Sonett III to some young kid named Perry that would have been me. I kept his car for several years and sold it long ago. I really regretted getting rid of that car, so I wanted to find a suitable replacement. I probably looked at a dozen or more Sonetts before finding an identical orange, low mileage Sonett in great shape.

    I actually lost the original title to the car– it was garaged and I didn’t put tags on it for years and years. So that explains the duplicate title. But, many years later after getting the duplicate title, I found the original. I will mail this original title to you.

  4. Administrator said,

    on February 21st, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    That would be great to get the title. Yes Roger still lives in Cuyahoga but at a different address. He said the guy sat in the car for a hour before coming back in to buy the car, I guess that was you.

  5. perryclark said,

    on February 22nd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, it was love at first sight. I can’t recall exactly what I paid for it– I think $4200. That was a lot of money for a young college kid back then.


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