1966 SAAB Sonett II – Saab Museum, Sweden

Posted on 18. Mar, 2007 by in 1960-1969, 2000-2009, 97 (Sonett II & III), Arlöv, Sweden, Katrineholm, Sweden, Sweden, Trollhättan, Sweden

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The 1966 SAAB Sonett II debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1966. This vehicle began production at the Arlöv, Sweden ASJ factory where there were only 28 Sonett II two-stroke models made, 25 production and 3 pre-production. In 1967, there were 229 made. 1966 and 1967 a 3 cyl 70HP two-stroke motor.

The particular photo displayed above is one that I took at the 2005 Saab Festival of the “Coupe De Alpes” model which is currently at the Saab Museum in Trollhättan, Sweden.

In 1966, Erik Carlsson drove this Coupe des Alpes as a competitive car. According to Wikipedia, the engine in this Sonett II had been “bored to 940 cc compared to the 841 on the standard model and it gave as most 93 hp. The gearing was changed down so the top speed was 140 km/h. 0 to 100 km/h was done in 8 seconds.”

Source: Wikipedia on Coupe De Alpes

I have had some recent e-mails requesting more specifications on the Coupe Des Alpes Sonett II, so here they are:

Stock Factory Setup:

Longitudinally mounted 3-cylinder two-stroke engine.
Cylinder bore 70mm, stroke 72.9 mm, cylinder volume 841cc.
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Rating 60hp (44 kW) at 5200 rpm.
Torque 9.6 kgm (94 Nm) at 4000 rpm
Three Horizontal carburettors, Solex 40 DHW
Electric fuel Pump

Modified Racing Setup:

The Engine developed 93hp (68kW) at 6000 rpm
Cylinder bore 74mm, cylinder volume of 940cc.
Carburetteor valvues enlarged from 40 to 44mm diameter.
Front-wheel drive with a four-speed, short-shift gearbox with a lower final gear and a freewheel. Individual front suspension with coil springs. Rigid U-shaped rear axle. Tire size 4.50 x L15″ Dunlo racing tires. Source: “Mr. Saab

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