Rebuilding Saab Sonett

Dick  Rugge has rebuilt a vintage Saab Sonett automobile. He belongs to a car club that meets in nearby Rancho Santa Fe every week of the year.

Rebuilding the car has been a retirement project for Rugge, formerly the senior technical director of the USGA.

It is a bright orange ’73 Saab Sonett. That’s a two-seater sports car. I’ve had it for about eight years. It’s in great shape. I bought it on eBay. Only has about 36,000 miles on it. It runs great, but it needs a clutch. That’s a huge job, especially for someone doing it for the first time.

Dick Rugge with his vintage Saab Sonett.