The Saab 94 (Sonett I) : 1956

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by in 1950-1959, 2000-2009, 94 (Sonett I)

Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab 94 (Saab Sonett I Super Sport) was created in 1956 of which only 6 were ever built even though it was originally planned to go into full-scale production as the first sports car for SAAB.

This SAAB Sonett I Super Sport project was lead in October of 1954 by SAAB chief engineer, Rolf Melde while incorporating designs from chief designer Sixten Sason where they were built in total secrecy from the public outside of the Trollhättan area within a barn in a small town called Åsaka. The SAAB Sonett I Super Sport or “So Neat” as translated was an open-top two seater sports car that was officially unveiled at the Stockholm Motor Show in February of 1956. These prototype sports cars got a lot of great press internationally, however the Sonett Super Sport project never got into production due to new regulations in motorsport two years later in 1958 that led to the opportunity to use standard vehicles with Sonett engines thus making the Sonett body, frame, etc. obsolete and unnecessary. As a result of this decision, the six Sonett I models became instant collectors items.

This production vehicle for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

Exterior: 2-door coupe, only 6 colors, 500kg/1,102 lbs.

Interior: Two Seats

Chassis: Aircraft type aluminium box, independent front suspension, front and rear springs coil, beam axle, telescopic shock absorbers, hydraulic drum brakes, rack and pinion steering, 60 litre fuel tank, tyres 5.0×15. 4″ rim

Engine:Transverse, Three-cylinder longitudinally mounted, 66×72.9mm, 748cc, compr: 9.8:1, 58hp @ 5,000 rpm, 8.5 mkp @ 4,000 rpm, Two-stroke, aluminium cylinder head, cast iron block, 4-bearing crankshaft, one dual choke Solex 49PII, water cooled.

Transmission: Front-wheel drive, four-speed Zf three speed, Spiral bevel final drive.


Wheelbase 220cm/86.6″
Front Track 122cm/48″
Rear Track 122cm/48″
Height 73.6cm to base of windscreen
Performance Max Speed 160-200kph
Standing Mile 19.2secs

Global Production:

Model Year – Units

1956 – 6

Number: No.1
Color: Ivory
Location: Saab Museum, Trollhättan, Sweden

Number: No.2
Color: Orange
Location: Saab USA Heritage Collection, Sterling Heights, Michigan

Number: No.3
Color: Red (Far Left)
Location: G̦sta Jakfors, Sweden РPrivately Owned

Number: No.4
Color: Green
Location: Presently Unknown

Number: No.5
Color: Blue
Location: Saab Museum, Trollhättan, Sweden

Number: No.6
Color: White-Blue
Location:Bill Jacobson, Sports Car Service, United States – Privately Owned

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