Hooniverse Weekend Edition: Someone Buy This Saab Sonnett!

We received this tip here at Hooniverse Central from Jason (Thanks Man!) and it looks like a great deal on an exceedingly rare Saab. Read more after the jump….

According to the ad:

1974 SAAB Sonett not running, looks complete except for the drivers side mirror, 5 stock rims, good glass all the way round, engine look all there, it was given to my dad for storing it for so long, we don’t have the title, there may be a way to get e new one but im not sure, it would make a great project car, not many made and i think 74 was the last year.

So, is this Saab worth $950? You bet it is…. All you West Coast Saab-o-philes better get on your horse and save it. Read the entire ad here!

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  1. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Another vehicle right on the LeMons Vs driver threshold. This one's probably closer to driver.

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      Yeah, too rare (and as far as I can tell, too structurally sound) to turn into a LeMons racer.
      Now a track day car with a late model 2.3T out of a 9-5 Aero, on the other hand…

  2. Eggsalad Avatar

    I'm not sure how it is in Utah, but in every state in which I've ever lived, it is illegal to sell a car without a title. Indeed, the title is proof that you have the right to sell the car. How do people get away with this?
    I would like to sell you this brand new Mercedes, right here at the Mercedes dealership, for $5000. Only I can't give you the title. Deal?

    1. superbadd75 Avatar

      There's a way to do it legally, at least in Texas, but it involves lots of paperwork. For something like this Saab, it would be worth it.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Usually there's some process for re-titling a vehicle as long as you have the VIN and some kind of bill of sale.
      If the seller had a title at one point, they can usually apply for a duplicate/replacement title, provided they were the last registered owner of the car.
      That, or you just run it in LeMons.

    3. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      In Michigan, you can buy or sell a car without a title, but you will need to purchase a title bond which you will lose along with the car if the car is reported stolen within 6 years. But the bond is only required for vehicles valued at over $2500. For vehicles under that cap, the "instant" VIN search is sufficient, but it's still on you to ensure that the vehicle isn't stolen, since you'll still lose the car if a previous title holder reports it stolen.
      In Vermont, there are no titles for vehicles over 25 years old, but it gets hairy if you only have a bill of sale from someone other than the previous registered owner.
      So, like you, I don't know how it works in Utah, but there are at least some states that the car needn't be titled to transfer ownership.

      1. zmd Avatar

        Being from Michigan and having worked in the Auto salvage industry I've had a lot of first hand experience with titles and the things you have to do. If you plan on purchasing this car then I highly recommend you go and start doing research for your own states laws regarding the titling and sale of a vehicle without a title. I know in Michigan you can get away with damn near murder with a title so long as your put in paperwork to file for a new one. I know that in Michigan you can legally hold or "take possession of" a car without a title, the problem is that you get into a real gray area of ownership. It becomes a struggle to register a car at your DMV without a title so good luck. But you can skirt around this by doing such things as paper plates, dealer plates, in transit repair plates, etc. The only problem is you need to have access to either a dealership license or a really goooooood friend.

    4. Hopman Avatar

      In New Hampshire you don't need the title if the vehicle is 15 years old or older. Just the bill of sale and the prievious owner's registration.

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        I came here to say just this, having purchased a car ('91 CB7) for a friend, then reselling it to him. No title, just previous registration and a bill of sale. Our way seems like the logical way, at least to me.

        1. Hopman Avatar

          You're the Mello Yellow-drinkin' blue 240 driving guy I met at Lemons last week right???
          You ARE right about NH being somewhat logical. I hear horror stories about peopling dealing with the DMV's in other states. Some just cry when I tell them how easy dealing with the NH DMV is.

          1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

            Yep, that'd be me. You're right, our DMV has always seemed straightforward enough – I'd hate to deal with another state's.

          2. chrystlubitshi Avatar

            here in indiana we don't even get a dmv… or any pretense of it being straight-forward…. we have a Bureau of Motor Vehicles… at least they tell you what it is..

          3. Smells_Homeless Avatar

            But a lost title search in Indiana is pretty straightforward. Fill out your paper work, pay the fee, have the nice policeman come look at the car, turn in the paperwork, and wait. Next thing you know, it's all yours unless there's an active lien or it's on the stolen list.
            Plus, is it just me or has the BMV really improved its services over the last couple of years? At least there's one thing IndiGov is getting right.

          4. chrystlubitshi Avatar

            yeah.. to tell you the truth… it's really all about knowing which branch to go to…. never go to the downtown Indianapolis branch unless you have to. i recommend Nora branch or small local branches in counties other than marion for everything (the 30 minute drive each way is always better than sitting in those uncomfortable chairs for an extra hour)…
            they really have improved a lot of things… it just always frustrates me when i trust the employees… i always call to schedule an appointment and ask exactly what i need to bring… often to find out that i wasn't properly instructed about what to bring… so i have to reschedule… i've just put together a folder that has everything they could want (birth certificate, 3 current pieces of mail (proof of address), and on, and on, and on)
            and yeah… one thing… one thing they're getting right…. Mitch is not 'my man'….

          5. Smells_Homeless Avatar

            My salary is directly decided by the legislature. I feel your pain.
            But the Beech Grove branch has been very good to me. 🙂

          6. chrystlubitshi Avatar

            my salary isn't directly decided by them… but the firm i work for does handle a few specific contracts for the state.. I've not been to the beech grove branch.. i live in lawrence.. so it really wouldn't be far.. hmmm…

  3. dustin_driver Avatar

    ACH! ACH! Damn! And ach! So want, but it's not gonna happen.

  4. dmilligan Avatar

    From the front, that Saab looks like a Bricklin's younger brother. Or sister.