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Old 08-04-2011, 05:42 PM   #211
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I always liked them, but then I owned an AMX.

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Ah yes the 1800ES, was working at a Volvo dealership when they were introduced, thought they were pretty ugly at the time, now we're both antiques.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:19 PM   #212
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Why not a Saab Sonnet? I thought they looked a lot better than the P1800. Might be a little slow.

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:24 PM   #213
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I remember a quote from Car and Driver when the Sonnet came out: If you told your neighbors that you made the car in your garage, they would believe you. If you told them you paid $3500 for it, they would say that you always were a sucker for a right cross.

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Old 08-04-2011, 07:51 PM   #214
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, but then I owned an AMX.

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Me too Bill, a 70!
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:02 PM   #215
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1970 also, Bittersweet Orange, black hood, 360 CI and go package. Fun car. As I remember serial number about 25,000.

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Wow, what a coincidence Bill

Mine was navy with a 360/4 speed with go pkg. Low 14's in pure stock at the drags. Wish I still had that one!
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Forgot to mention, I had the 4 speed also, manual steering. Loved that Hurst shifter.

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Mine was navy with a 360/4 speed with go pkg. Low 14's in pure stock at the drags. Wish I still had that one!
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Why not a Saab Sonnet? I thought they looked a lot better than the P1800. Might be a little slow.

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Bruce Ryder at Alternative Automotive on Cottage St had two, one for each foot.
You might have been there Gene.
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Bruce Ryder at Alternative Automotive on Cottage St had two, one for each foot.
You might have been there Gene.
I was. Alt. Auto replaced a starter in a Saab V4 station wagon I had in the early '70's. That was before I started doing everything myself. I believe you were working there then and we may have met then—I was the incredibly handsome, muscular, brilliant guy.

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I was.
I know, and decades ahead of your time with the Saab V4 Station Wagon.

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I'm partial to a 1964 pv 544 Volvo sport. Dual su carbs, quiet unibody, rally like handling, 27 mpg, and retro style! Here's a pic of mine. Cheers. Ted
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I had a '63 Volvo 544. It handled a lot better than it looked and was faster than the more conventional looking model (244 ?) and maybe the P1800. The "decades ahead of [its] time" Saab V4 wagon would go through any snow and the English Ford engine worked well. My then wife drove it into the back of a Buick making it somewhat shorter.

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Made a "cannon ball" run with the 1800.

Buffalo/California for my bro's wedding in '71
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Left Fri midnight arrived Glendale 4pm Monday.

Boy do I feel expended...
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Now vehicles run better, ride better, handle better, but I can't do those cannon ball trips anymore.

Left Buffalo at 10 pm New Year's Day in 1971 in the Saab wagon after learning of a friend's death in Kansas. Made it to Columbus, Mo. late afternoon Jan. 2. We had been attacked by pterodactyls near St. Louis (they kept hitting the windshield and though I was tired, I knew I had to drive further because of the danger). After being up 30+ hours some may think I was hallucinating. Next day featured an ice storm on the way to Kansas City and a blizzard in Kansas before we got to Liberal. The Saab handled it all and we were one of the few cars staying on the road. In 1979, drove a friend's restored P1800 from Denver to northern Idaho in about 18 hours—it had no speedometer and the Hunter Thompson nature of the trip made calculating vehicle speed challenging. I remember Chugwater, Wyo. at dawn: while gassing up, a guy pulled up, got out of his car, planted his beer on the roof, fell against the pump, filled up, staggered inside to pay, weaved back, claimed his beer and drove off. Not having the strength of a Samoan or Neal Cassady, I flew home several days later.

Now all I can do is 750 miles in one day without towing, and 550 with the Safari. And I need help. On those crazy trips I did all the driving, but no more.

Both those cars were fun to drive. My '65 TR4A was more fun to drive, but QC was awful. Now I drive Toyotas—dull, reliable, old man vehicles. And yet, life is much better.

And how is Hampstead's Dodge doing?

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