Sunday, July 09, 2006

If Only I Had a Garage: 1974 Saab Sonnet III

It would be lazy and reductionist simply to call Satch Carlson the Hunter S. Thompson of automotive journalism, but it wouldn't be entirely inaccurate, either. In a world where cloying nostalgia or pompous, overprivileged self-aggrandizement are a reader's only respite from stale reporting and hype, Satch was and is a true original, beholden to no one, preaching the gospel of eccentric car love to anyone willing to listen. Back in the '80s he single-handedly made Autoweek worth reading. These days he writes exclusively for the benefit of the BMWCCA members (ew!) whose monthly mag he edits, but currently among ebaymotors' many treasures one will find these 3500 words about one of Satch's Saabs. Enjoy!

Click on the pic to check out the auction.


Blogger Andrew Hime said...

And hear I thought Satch Carlson was always a baseball player, just by the name. I suppose I could have used Wikipedia...

12:43 PM  
Blogger Andrew Hime said...

er, here. I just woke up, gimme a break?

12:45 PM  
Anonymous alan said...

they are reviving the sonett name with a roadster that will take its styling from the aero x concept. should be interesting...

4:12 PM  
Blogger peter said...

Lemme guess: underneath it's a Saturn Sky. Saab is dead — long live Saab!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Davis Chino said...

What an epic eBay listing--by thee Satch Carlson!! Thank you for finding that, Firebird Man.

I feel almost morally obligated to buy his car.

During that Autoweek run, he became truly the best automotive writer ever. His article on passing up the chance to purchase a Daytona to buy a Lotus Elan ("The Yellow Dog") haunts me to this day as the most believable explanation of how the world works, and my philosophical place in it.

(The ostrich skin paint pics are impressive.)

9:22 PM  
Blogger peter said...

I feel almost morally obligated to buy his car.

Do it! He'll pick you up at the airport!

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Fredrik Granberg said...

SAAB Sonett. That's the name;-)

12:12 PM  

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