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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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1965 SAAB “MFI-13″ Prototype – Saab Museum, Sweden

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saab mfi 13 1965 600 1965 SAAB MFI 13 Prototype   Saab Museum, Sweden

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The SAAB MFI-13 Prototype project was the successor of two competing projects that was designed as one of the concepts that would be used for the next production model which was the Sonett II. This prototype was built in parallel to the competition at the MFI factory in Malmö, Sweden. MFI stands for Malmö Flygindustri (MFI), the factory where the vehicle was built, hence the designation MFI. The number 13 was a number that was chosen because it was to be least chosen as an aircraft number, therefore it was a safe numerical designation for an automobile prototype. In 1968, SAAB purchased Malmö Flygindustri AB (MFI).

The MFI-13 was designed by Björn Karlström and Björn Andreasson.

The other vehicle that was being designed in parallel to this model was the “Catherina” (saabhistory website reference for catherina).

Here is an interesting bit from saabmuseum.com:

The MFI-13 is currently located at the Saab Museum in Sweden.

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1965 SAAB “Catherina” Prototype – Saab Museum, Sweden

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catherina prototype 1965 1965 SAAB Catherina Prototype   Saab Museum, Sweden

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The SAAB ‘Catherina’ Prototype project was one of two projects that was designed to be chosen as the design that is used for the next production model which was the Sonett II. This vehicle was named ‘Catherina’ from a play on a popular song at the time and also because of the factory it was built at which was the ASJ factory in Katrineholm, Sweden.

The Catherina was designed by Sixten Sason and began conceptual drawings in January of 1963. A real-life scale model was made in the fall of 1964, and the final concept was completed for review by management on February 9th, 1965.

The other vehicle that was being designed in parallel to this model was the MFI-13 at Malmö Flygindustri (MFI), hence the naming convention. The MFI-13 was the prototype ultimately decided on for the initial Sonett II.

Here is an interesting bit from saabmuseum.com:

“One might note the resemblance between the lines of the Catherina and those of the forthcoming Saab 99. This is not entirely surprising since both designs shared Sason’s drawing board.”

If anyone can identify the popular ‘Catherina’ song at that time, roughly around 1963-1965 please let me know.

The Catherina is currently located at the Saab Museum in Sweden.

asja 1965 SAAB Catherina Prototype   Saab Museum, Sweden

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