There are people who can buy their dream car off the shelf. Assuming liquid funds, you go to the dealer of your choice and take whatever you like. It is not that easy for us Saab fans. Sometimes you have to compromise, and often you have to be patient.
But give up? Giving up is not! The story of Thorsten Ziehm, in relevant Saab circles as Ziehmy known, and his passion for sonnet began sometime in the early 90 years. At the Saab dealer of his confidence stood a yellow sonnet III, which unfortunately was then unsalable. For Thorsten the encounter was a decisive experience, because he was immediately impressed by the small, Swedish sports car.
It should take about 15 years before a Saab Sonett III would be in his garage. In 2006 the time had come. In Denmark, a non-roadworthy, but well-preserved copy was for sale. A California import, not tinkered, all parts available, but not in use for 12 years. Ziehmy drove north with a Saab friend from Hamburg - and headed for a great adventure.
The restoration of the Saab Sonnet III
That the sonnet was the wrong color, and that the wrong engine was under the hood, all these are just minor details on the edge that can not stop a true Saab enthusiast. A lasting over many years restoration history began, which should come with a lot of Saab Spirit and perseverance to a good end.
The sonnet changed color and engine over the years, and from a good base became a beautiful and very rare Saab. The complete story of Ziehmy and his sonnet III is also an issue for the print media and brings our brand into the German motor press. In today's edition of the Engine classic Thorsten tells the story of a long restoration. A reason to take a break at the newsstand during lunch break or after work.
Images of the Sonnet III can be seen as an appetizer here on the blog. More pictures of a life with the Saab brand and many vehicles can be found on Ziehmys Homepage.