SAAB Sonett II: Saab's first production sports car

At this year's special show for the 60 anniversary of the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK) during the AMI in Leipzig, a Saab Sonett from the second series represents the brand from Trollhättan. Time to take a closer look at the brand's first production sports car from Sweden. After the Sonnet I, only 6 pieces were built by it, came with the small coupe the first sports car in mass production.

Represents the Swedish brand at the AMI: Saab Sonnet II
Represents the Swedish brand at the AMI: Saab Sonnet II

Originally equipped with an 3 cylinder two-stroke engine, 1967 or 1968 already held the Ford V4 entry under the GFK hood. Thus, in the 4 years of construction 258 vehicles with three-cylinder and 1610 vehicles with V4 engine were manufactured.

My automobile career began in very tender years with the Ford V4. Our first family car was Ford 12 M P4 with V4 engine. From the experiences of the childhood days with me the Cologne engine was classified as reliable, but boring.

Many, many years later I was able to collect my first experience with a sonnet. The sonnet is a lightweight compared to the Ford. 200 kilograms less than in the sedan let the 65 PS take on new momentum. The background noise does the rest. Subjectively, one would like to say yes, the sonnet is a sports car. Hard, loud, tight, just something for the heart. An eye-catcher in every situation, because the small sports car is difficult to classify.

For the special show in the Saxon metropolis, the sonnet is a good choice. The visitors should look. A Saab 96 or a classic 900 are almost too popular and are immediately classified as Saab. The sonnet is an exotic in the exhibition of classic automobiles. What car is that ? A Saab? Yes, a Saab. Because Saab builds and above all sports cars.

Simple, simple, functional: watch collection in the Saab Sonnet II
Simple, simple, functional: watch collection in the Saab Sonnet II

That was 1966. The sonnet was also an image product to make the Trollhättan brand more attractive to drivers of sporty cars. But they had to be tough. In summer, the sporty Saab is a mobile sauna. The generous glazing at the rear ensures fast heating of the interior. Actually, everything was already thought differently at Saab, and the thing with the sonnet should have gone in a different direction. But then misunderstandings, compromises and wrong decisions were added. The genesis of the sonnet is a Swedish thriller that plays in the 60 years. The story reads exciting and will be told tomorrow.

No matter what, the fans today love the sports coupé from Trollhättan. Most sonnet II went across the pond to the US. From there they will be brought back to "Good-Old-Europe" today. Lovingly restored, they are the eye-catcher at every Saab meeting. A sonnet is also a secure investment. The low production rate has allowed prices to rise for years. Not very fast, not spectacular, but safe. Just like the acceleration times of the small athlete, who feels subjectively fast, but it is not by today's standards. Because in a leisurely 12 seconds it comes with great soundscape of 0-100.

Even with over 40 years, the sonnet shown at the AMI is still active at sporting events. The sports coupé is part of the Saab Classic fleet of mobile forum in Dresden, where Saab tradition is still maintained, and was loaned to the German branch of Saab Parts AB for the duration of the event.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

Pictures: mark@saabblog.net

4 thoughts too "SAAB Sonett II: Saab's first production sports car"

  • Hi Tom,

    a small correction, from the first sonnet were built 6 copies, not 4.

    Greeting
    Thilo

    • That's right, of course. Somehow Klaus Müller-Ott and his then No. 4 in mind ... Greetings to Norway!

  • Hi Tom,

    Has not the time now come to write a letter to Hans Bergqvist & Co., as the highest authority of the SAAB Community, asking for the highest bid?

    The process seems a bit strange, especially in the last few weeks - Example: Adding a consortium with insufficient bid after the deadline for bids to submit.

    If the reason was to lure other bidders out of the reserve, that seems to have worked for Youngman. Then you should finally give the contract or at least give some concrete information about the state of things. Exclusive secrecy is known to be more of a disadvantage and brings the so-called rumor mill only unnecessarily to simmer!

    • Thanks for the suggestion. But I think the race went well, according to the latest facts, and a letter will be of no use at this stage. A short article comes later in the day.

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