The Saab 97 (Sonett II) 1966-1969

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by in 1960-1969, 97 (Sonett II & III)

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

The Saab 97 (Sonett II) first debuted at the Geneva Motors Show in March of 1966. This vehicle began production at the Arlöv, Sweden ASJ factory which formerly built locomotives, where there were only 28 Sonett II two-stroke models made, 25 production and 3 pre-production in the first year. In 1967, the Sonett II became the Sonett II V4, up until it ended production in 1969.

The Sonett II was derived from two designs, both the MFI-13 as well as Catherina.

This model was first made famous much like the previous 96, by Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson in a modified car in a rally called the Coupe De Alpes in 1966.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

Exterior: 2-Door Coupe, 660kg/1,455 lbs, Reinforced fiberglass. Front Grille With a mesh covered air intake, SAAB Wings emblem on hood, chromium plated hood locks, rear trunk opening.
MY 1967 Hood Re-design to accomodate V4 engine, rubber bumper overriders front and rear, rubber hood locks replaced chromium ones.
MY 1969 New Hub Caps

MY 1967 Interior Redesigned, HVAC improved, mahogany effect plywood dash and no glovebox.
MY 1969 New seats with integrated head restraint with adjustable lumbar cushion. A new steering wheel with padded center and glovebox with lid.


Semi-monocoque welded steel and fibreglass body, independent front suspension, coil springs, rear beam axle, coil springs, tubular hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers, Front disc brakes, rear brake drums, twin circuit braking, rack and pinion steering, 59.8 litre fuel tank, 155SR15 tires, 4″ rim.

Engine: Three-cylinder longitudinally mounted, 70×72.9mm, 841cc, compr: 9.0:1, 60hp @ 4,250 rpm, 9.6 mkp@ 4,000 rpm, Two-stroke, aluminium cylinder head, cast iron block, 4-bearing crankshaft, water cooled.

1967 MY 3 cyl 70HP two-stroke motor.
1967 MY V4 Engine


Front-wheel drive, four-speed gearbox, spiral bevel final drive, 4.67:1


Wheelbase 216cm/85″
Front Track 122cm/48″
Rear Track 122cm/48″
Ground Clearance 13cm/5″
Turning Circle 9.9m/32.5′
Length 378.5cm/149″
Width 144.8cm/57″
Height 116.8cm/46″
Performance Max Speed 94 mph/150.9 kph
18.1 mph/29.1 kph @ 1,000 rpm
Acceleration 0-60 mph 12.3 secs
Standing Mile 18.6 secs
Average Fuel Consumption 16-29mpg (Brooklands Books)

Global Production:

Model Year – Units

1966 – 28
1967 – 229
1968 – ?
1969 – ?

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One Response to “The Saab 97 (Sonett II) 1966-1969”

  1. Ted Y

    27. Nov, 2008

    I’ve got to have one of these, some day, some day…

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