Archive for '97 (Sonett II & III)'

JMK Saab Proudly Announces New Addition To The Family

Posted on 18. Nov, 2009 by .



Photo Credits: JMK Saab

JMK Saab of Springfield, New Jersey, site sponsor of Saab History has recently announced a new addition to their family.

Immediately following a favorable decision to become part of the new Saab Cars North America organization, a 1973 Saab Sonett III was acquired.

Apparently one of their customers came in and asked them if they were interested in acquiring this Sonett III. The rest as you can see, was Saab History!

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The Saab 97 (Sonett III) 1970-1974

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

The Saab 97 (Sonett III) began production as a product of a Swedish and italian design collaboration and was unveiled in the spring of 1970 at the New York Motor Show.

The chief designer Sergio Coggiola as well as Gunnar A Sjögren were put to task to create this new version of the Sonett, following the previous model, the Sonett II, still with the designation of Saab 97.

This model range was produced until 1974, again at the former ASJ factory in Arlöv, Sweden. Most of the Sonett III’s were exported to the United States.

The final production model in (Mellow Yellow) is located at the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan, Sweden.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 97 (Sonett II) 1966-1969

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .


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:

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Saab Sighting Of The Week – Route 2 Massachusetts

Posted on 14. Oct, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: fwolfe

On a drive this past weekend to visit family in New England, we spotted a beautiful Saab Sonett III in green heading East bound on Route 2 in Leominster, Massachusetts.

As we drove by the Sonett III, we honked and waved at the driver and in return, we got a nice wave and smile!

What a great Saab Sighting of the week!

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Saab Sonett III AutoX Video – South Portland, Maine

Posted on 29. Sep, 2008 by .


With the impending rain, I managed to film NESA’s Chris Moberg’s 1971 Saab Sonett III at the Autocross (Auto X) today in in South Portland, Maine in addition to the photos I took earlier.

The photos don’t do this experience justice, but this film certainly does and I am surprised by how well it came out given that it was taken with a point and shoot camera in the rain!

As I mentioned in my earlier piece, even though rain from Hurricane kyle was upon us, you can certainly see the skill of the driver prevailing in this extremely wet autocross.

I think another autocross in the snow even, would be a great opportunity for many Saab clubs including the New England Saab Association, to build their membership base and foster some enthusiastic participation.

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Saab Sonett III Autocrosses in S. Portland, Maine Today

Posted on 28. Sep, 2008 by .



Photo Credits: Saab History

Ever since returning back to my native land of New England, I have slowly begun to fully immerse myself backin into the Saab Community once again.

Today was no exception to this immersion into the Saab Community where I got the opportunity to see Chris Moberg, chair of the Cumberland Motor Club, and long time Saab enthusiast with the New England Saab Association. Chris hit the wet tarmack today at the Maine Mall in South Portland, Maine with his 1971 Saab Sonett III “Yellow Thunder”.

Earlier that morning, I had my doubts that this event may not even take place due to the rain, but then I got to thinking that the wet element, would make for an appealing addition to an autocross.

This event was fairly well attended with just about every other make and class in attendance at this club’s last autocross event of the year.

sonett2.jpgAfter I patiently awaited along with everyone else in the pouring rain, “Yellow Thunder” finally made a tremendous entrance onto the closed parking lot course by rounding all cones within small tolerances of touching them and finished his first heat without breaking a sweat. After I saw the maneuvering Sonett make it without a hitch, I had to ask Chris about what techniques were used during the run as he stunned the crowd. His response was great and I quote “I never needed to exercise my emergency brake”.

This event triggered my memory of the recent Turbo-X test drive event that took place just North of Boston, Massachusetts back in May. What that day would have been if it were raining, now that would have been a better way to test the abilities of the new XWD cross-wheel drive system in addition to just performance.

The experience today was fun as visitor, even in the inclimate weather as we got to see some performance and handling at the same time, conveyed with multiple makes and models and varying levels of driving abilities.

If I were to be buying a new car, I’d be asking myself where I can both gain the skills of the driver as well as vehicle as capable as the Saab Sonett III. These types of venues would be great to have a Saab tent with 3-4 Saab vehicles with cross-wheel drive available for the public to test…in the rain. Saab was, as you would guest very under represented at this venue.

Let’s also keep this in mind, Chris and his 1971 Saab Sonett III had the “second fastest raw time of the day” ahead of many modern all-wheel drive vehicles!

To learn more about the Chris’s Sonetts including “Yellow Thunder”, please visit his website directly.

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Saab Designer Profile – Sergio Coggiola

Posted on 06. Aug, 2008 by .


Sergio Coggiola, an Italian designer, created Coggiola Carrozziere Srl company in 1966 near Turin, Italy. A few years later, he was contracted to start working on two projects for the Saab Car Division of Saab-Scania.

The first project was the last of the Sonett 97 model line, the Saab Sonett III that was produced from 1970 until 1974.

The second project that was going to be produced, but ended up only as a prototype, was the Saab 98 Combi Coupé Prototype which was built in 1974, 1975 and 1976, although only one version exists today.

This experience with Saab led to a number of other projects after leaving Saab which included the Lancia Thema, a variation of the Saab 600, but both of these two projects eventually led to early designs of the Saab 9000 which began in 1978 and were eventually produced from 1985 until 1998.

For more information on Sergio Coggiola’s design, please visit his website directly to see his continued successes

I leave you with a passage from the book, Alla SAABs Sportbilar by Björn Svallner about Sergio Coggiola’s Sonett III design.


Saab had turned to Italy’s Sergio Coggiola in the hope that he could give the Sonett a more attractive shape. Why go to an Italian designer? The answer is simple. Saab felt it would be a strength to be able to point to a big name and say that the lines had been dictated by a well known stylist from the country that led in car design – Italy.

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A Former Saab Owner, Now A Saab Owner Once Again

Posted on 29. Jun, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Barbara Kriss

I have recently found a very nice article written by the wife of a former Saab owner by the name of Eric who previously owned a beautiful blue Sonett II back in 1969. This article involves her account of how he has recently recaptured his youth just after attending the 2005 Saab Owners Convention that took place in Stratton, Vermont.

Apparently, seeing the beautiful Sonetts at the SOC made Eric become all nostalgic and just had to acquire a Sonett II once again. Eric spent nearly a year after the event looking for a Sonett II and finally found one, and even went as far as to restore it back as close to the original condition as it was when new.

I think it came out quite nice in the photo above, don’t you think? I also wonder if his wife Barbara knows about the blog started by the wife of another Saab enthusiast?

Here are some of my favorite quotes below from the article that I encourage you to read for yourself in its entirety.

After Eric and I sold our Saab Sonett sports car in the late seventies, Eric tried to compensate for its loss—he took up flying. By the time we moved from Chicago to Boston in the summer of 1979, he had both an MBA and a pilot’s license.

One summer, Mason invited Eric up to his house in Vermont for a weekend. Little did I realize that the main event of Eric’s visit would be the 2005 Saab Owners Convention, at Stratton Mountain, featuring vintage Saabs of every description. Among the more behemoth models on display were a few restored Sonetts. On seeing them, Eric immediately regressed to his adolescent state. He wanted one of his own. He even phoned me from Stratton Mountain, claiming he’d purchased a Sonett on the spot. I wasn’t amused until I realized he was only joking. I worried that if Eric ever really bought an old Sonett, he would be disappointed, since I believed the actual car could never live up to his mythical memories of it.

I didn’t hide my concern from Eric, so he reacted the way any rational man would—he began searching in secret for a 1969 Sonett to restore. His quest continued, without my noticing, for over a year, mostly on the Internet. Since so few Sonetts were built to begin with, there were very few on the market and most of those were in bad repair. Finally, though, Eric thought he’d found the car he wanted. He decided it was time to reveal his intentions to me.

I reacted the way any rational woman would—with dismay. “You can’t recapture the past,” I admonished. Eric insisted he simply loved the Sonett and relished the idea of restoring one.

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