Minding my own business while driving down a snowy road outside of Idaho Springs a few months back, all of a sudden several flashes of color invaded my peripheral vision through the winter landscape. A quick glance and I was immediately hard on the brakes and pulling over to take a closer look at a very interesting front portico of a house along the roadside. Sadly there was a deep ditch with a bridge to connect to the property itself, leaving absolutely no way of feigning ignorance as to a property boundary, so my camera and zoom had to do the job.
One doesn’t see a Saab Sonett of any vintage regularly so three at once was a treat, and the final third iteration is my favorite, it’s just so 1970s. Add to that a rare first model year 1988 BMW 325ix (BMW’s first Audi Quattro competitor from the later 1980s) in the more rare two-door form and this was even better overall. But the Saabs took the three layer cake, of course.
Here’s the third one, hiding in the carport and requiring a heavy lean on the zoom to get any kind of detail. In a delicious lime green color it’s clearly the looker of the bunch although the orange one with the mismatched door and the harlequined one look just as much fun in a different way, I’d love a romp with any of these three sisters. Paul did a great write up on a Sonett II a while back that goes into the Sonett III history quite heavily so I’ll just link to that here as it’s a good read and there’s no point in repeating it all. Suffice to say that the III was produced from 1970 to 1974, used Ford V4 engines (1.5l at first, then 1.7l due to emissions related performance issues) with a total of 8,368 produced and who knows how few remaining.
Finally the wide-angle shot showing the whole array and surprise, surprise, the owner of these also runs a modern and basically brand new Toyota Corolla, long admired in these parts as one of the best car lines ever, simply doing their job efficiently, practically, economically, and reliably the world over. I can’t recall what the white convertible is in the back behind the BMW but I believe it was interesting as well, just not as much as everything else going on here. Still, if this fellow can seem to keep all of those other cars moving around under their own power, then that Corolla should last until the next ice age.