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1974 Saab Sonett III – 1:43 Scale Model

Posted on 28. Mar, 2007 by .

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A number of years ago a company by the name of Somerville, manufactured a highly detailed 1:43 scale model of the Sonett II mentioned previously. This model was not made by Somerville, but by another company and is highly detailed in every way, including interior (mind the dust on the windshield)

If you are interested in purchasing one, I might suggest searching Ebay for such a model as it is extremely rare. I would suggest checking out our scale models page for this and other models that have been made available for the Saab brand by a number of manufacturers over the years.

saab sonett 3 model 1974 600 1974 Saab Sonett III   1:43 Scale Model

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The Sonett III in production – Arlöv, Sweden

Posted on 27. Mar, 2007 by .

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Thanks to the Sonett Club of Sweden, I have managed to provide a number of vintage production photographs of the Sonett III in the midst of manufacturing at the Saab factory in Arlöv, Sweden.

Please take a moment to read about the Sonett Club of Sweden in their own words before enjoying the photography below. Enjoy.

sonett club of sweden The Sonett III in production   Arlöv, Sweden

The club was founded 1981 in order to look after the interests of the Sonett owners and of course also to organize different meetings.

The club was founded 1981 in order to look after the interests of the Sonett owners and of course also to organize different meetings. Of totally more than 10000 produced Saab Sonett, where of 1868 of model Sonett II and V4 from 1966-1969 and 8368 of model III from 1970-1974 there today remains a little bit more than 300 Sonetts in Sweden. Of these, we have about 250 cars in the club, which is a sign of a strong interest for this Swedish but still unusual car. We have almost 375 members in the club where of about 70 are living outside Sweden.

Nowadays the cars are mainly used in the summer time and more and more by enthusiasts. One aim for our club is to secure the stockholding of spare parts and thus the club is selling many specific spare parts for the Sonett. We even initiate new production of some parts.

Another important issue is also to see to, that our members, and in this case of natural reasons in Sweden, have good and favourable insurance alternatives for their Sonetts.

4 times yearly, we issue a Swedish club paper, “Sonettvärlden” or “the Sonett World” which we see as the main source for information. We write about different matters like our meetings in Sweden but are also informing about the International Saab Meetings. Further on, we write about spare parts and insurance questions and the history of the different Sonett models.

Our members can advertise the sale and purchase of spare parts or complete cars, naturally free of charge. Of course you also have an excellent opportunity to contribute with articles about your Sonett or for example to give mechanical advice. If we receive the articles in English, we normally publish them without translation whereas if we receive the articles in other languages we normally prefer to translate them to Swedish.

Source: http://www.sonettclub.se/eng_index.html

factorya The Sonett III in production   Arlöv, Sweden

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

factoryb The Sonett III in production   Arlöv, Sweden


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

factoryc The Sonett III in production   Arlöv, Sweden


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Saab Designer Profile – Gunner A. Sjögren

Posted on 27. Mar, 2007 by .

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gas Saab Designer Profile   Gunner A. SjögrenGunner A. Sjögren was one of the Swedish Saab Designers that was also responsible for final design of the Sonett III besides Italian designer, Sergio Coggiola.

Gunner A. Sjögren also referred to as GAS, was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1920. As a young kid living in Umeå, a Northern city in Sweden he had an interest in drawing automobiles, airplanes, trains and boats. His interest over time became a finely crafted skill which became his profession. Just after his time spent in highschool, he took a year to work at an engineering workshop in order to gain some real-life experience and then later went to college in Orebrö in order to realize his passion for the automobile.

In 1941, he was hired by General Motors in Stockholm, Sweden as a draftsperson. His drawings were of a very high quality, but not necessarily that of a technical nature, and as a result he was found himself better suited in the advertising department by contributing high quality illustrations to the products that were being promoted at the time.

After working with General Motors for a total of 13 years, he decided to go alone and do freelance work by accepting commissions from advertising agencies and various automobile publications. Five years of self-employment and once again he was back working in the automobile business an an employee, this time he was determined to work with SAAB. The time and place were in Gunner Sjögren’s favor, as he fell into an an advertised opening for an illustrator at their headquarters at the time in Linköping, Sweden in 1959. He worked in other locations that Saab had their offices as well such as Södertalje and finally Nyköping.

Gunnar Sjögren contributed to the clarification of Saab’s design philosophies to marketing stategies in parallel to his ability to produce eye-catching advertising material in order to help bring the public into the showrooms. The design work on the Sonett III with Sergio Coggiola was one of his notable accomplishments in the product lineup with Saab-Scania before he retired in 1980 at the age of 60.

Source: The SAAB Way (1949-1984)

I have provided a few illustrations that Gunnar Sjögens created of the Sonett III for you to appreciate the level of detail he exhibited in all of his work while being employed at Saab from 1959 until 1980.

sonett3logo Saab Designer Profile   Gunner A. Sjögren

saab sonett 3 design drawing Saab Designer Profile   Gunner A. Sjögren

Illustration Credit: The Saab Way

The design suggestions for the new Saab 97, Sonett III, came from Italian designer Sergio Coggiola. Many details, however, including much of the rear section were drawn by Swedish designers. The new model measured 390 cm (154 in.) in length; had a 215 cm (85 in.) wheelbase, and weighed 760 kg (1,675 lb.), empty. The quite large luggage compartment could be reached by raising the rear window.

sonett 3 1973 drawing Saab Designer Profile   Gunner A. Sjögren

Illustration Credit: The Saab Way

The 1972 Sonett could be recognized by its new grill, with a theme that was later incorporated into the 99. The rear panel was painted black, while the rest of the body carried light and bold colors. The wheels were wider and made of aluminium alloy. In 1972, 2,080 Sonetts were built.

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The SAAB Sonett III – Vintage Footage

Posted on 27. Mar, 2007 by .

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The SAAB Sonett III was produced between 1970 and 1974 being the final year of production. In an attempt to find some vintage film footage during this period for you to enjoy, I managed to find some a few clips, however none of these clips should be designated as complete.

The first piece of footage that I managed to locate only appears to be either part of a real television advertisement or promotional video done by SAAB-SCANIA in 1970. It has been indicated to me that this model is a 1970 due to the straight grill and the smaller bumpers, most importantly the steel wheels.



The second extremely short video clip features the Sonett III in a crash test, which could make an educated guess that it was filmed in either 1973 or 1974. This video depicts the safety characteristics of the model during pre-production before the model officially debuted in the fall of 1972 as MY1973 or 74. It has been indicated to me via e-mail recently that this is a most like a 1973 or 1974 Sonett III due to the larger bumpers.



If you managed to find any other official footage of the Sonett III from the crash test to even a complete version of the first clip as either a 30 second television clip with either a Swedish or English voiceover, please contact me.

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1967 SAAB Sonett II – Saab USA Heritage Collection

Posted on 19. Mar, 2007 by .

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1967 sonettii two stroke front 1967 SAAB Sonett II   Saab USA Heritage Collection

The beginning of this week starts with the Saab Automobile USA Heritage Collection’s 1967 SAAB Sonett II. This model is a 3 cyl 70HP two-stroke motor similiar to the model mentioned previously.

In 1967 there were 229 production models built at ASJ factory in Arlöv, Sweden

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

Here is the writeup on the 1967 Saab Sonett II Two-Stroke from Saab Automobile USA.

1967 SONETT II TWO-STROKE

Beginning in 1967, the Sonett II represented Saab’s second – and much more ambitious – foray into the world of two-seat sports cars. Aimed primarily at the North American market, the sporting intentions of this agile coupe were obvious. The race-winning Model 96 Monte Carlo two-stroke engine, fitted with three carburetors, was standard equipment.

The fiberglass body was attached to a sheet steel frame featuring an integrated roll bar. An unusual, one-piece front end hinged completely out of the way for easy access to the engine, transmission and front suspension components.

sonett ii interior 1967 SAAB Sonett II   Saab USA Heritage Collection

Capable of 0-60 mph (100 km/h) acceleration times of 12.5 seconds and a top speed approaching 100 mph (160 km/h), only 258 Sonett IIs with the “Monte Carlo” 60-horsepower two-stroke engine were built during the two years of production. One of these, restored by the Saab Club of New England and finished in silver metallic, has been a longtime member of the Saab Automobile USA Heritage Collection.

A subsequent, more powerful, V-4, four-stroke version of the Sonett II, distinguished by a bulge on the hood to accommodate the taller engine, brought more horsepower, more speed and a total of 1,868 cars built over the next three years.

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Saab Sonett II “Coupe Des Alpes” – 1:43 Scale Model

Posted on 18. Mar, 2007 by .

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A number of years ago a company by the name of Somerville, manufactured a highly detailed 1:43 scale model of the Sonett II mentioned previously. This model is highly detailed in every way, including the lettering on the “Coupe Des Alpes” logo.

If you are interested in purchasing one, I might suggest searching Ebay for such a model as it is extremely rare. I would suggest checking out our scale models page for this and other models that have been made available for the Saab brand by a number of manufacturers over the years.

saab sonett2 model 600 Saab Sonett II Coupe Des Alpes   1:43 Scale Model

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1966 SAAB Sonett II – Saab Museum, Sweden

Posted on 18. Mar, 2007 by .

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saab sonett 2 1966 sweden 1966 SAAB Sonett II   Saab Museum, Sweden

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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