The official name is Saab 97 sonnet. But nobody says that, not even sworn Saab fans. The small sports car from Saab is very exclusive, especially when talking about the 2-Takter. And he transports a lot of legends and dramas, in which the story of the brand of the Göta Älv is particularly rich.
With the sonnet on the A3
It was a few years ago. Summer, heat and the A3. Germany's most-used highway and the Sonett II right in the middle. It's tight, it's loud. And it's hot. The vaulted rear window heats up the interior relentlessly, there is of course no air conditioning. 110 Km / h are available. Feels like you are racing with at least 200 on the asphalt. Or more. This is adventure, driving a car, a forgotten world. Every surviving kilometer becomes a success and you really have to like your neighbor.
Because the thing is saueng.
The Saab is tiny, at least by current standards. Pat Moss would have today, surrounded by pick-up truck SUVs, the crisis in their Swedish sports car. However, the said sonnet I was traveling with had a crucial mistake. And Pat Moss would not have liked that. He had a four-stroke V4 under the hood. Not a pithy 3 cylinder 2-Takter, as only the 258 models produced by 1966 to 1967 have.
The early sound of Trollhättan
Add in the incomparable sound of the 3 cylinders, and you get a car experience for all your senses. Anyone who turns up their noses because of the 2-Takt engine, has to relearn. A Saab 2-Takter never spreads the maw of socialism. An 2 Tact Saab, that's the early sound of Trollhättan. A sound experience that sounds like Midsommar Rallye and Rikspokalen, Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss on the gravel roads of the Coupe de Alpes.
In Trollhättan you saw the Saab 97 as a serious sports car, and not a few of its owners as well. Often, the vehicles were converted by private drivers and successfully used in motor racing. With the 2 clock engine was the model year 1968 conclusion. Saab introduced the sonnet with V4 engine and shocking 4 bars. And the cast iron fans wept bitterly. The bonnet of the sonnet got missed a scoop, otherwise the V4 would not have fit. The design, which was not uncontroversial from the beginning, was not particularly conducive to the change. Because of this, the rare 2 Tacts are considered the nicer variant of the model.
Sonnet II with 2 bars - a rarity
The few sports cars that were produced 1966, remained almost all in Sweden. As good as the entire 67er production but went into the export, the vast majority of it to North America. It is correspondingly difficult to buy a Sonett II 2-Tact.
In Sweden, at the current Bil Web Auction, a sonnet from the year 1967 for sale. Like most vehicles originally exported to North America, he was brought back to Europe 2008. There, the sorting car, which was not built in Trollhättan but at ASJ in Arlöv, was extensively restored. Since 2017 the Saab is again allowed in Sweden, the owner drove around 4.500 kilometers, then the engine had to be overhauled.
On this occasion, the 2-Takt engine has been optimized, it makes today around 85 PS. The Sonett II is equipped with Halda Speedpilot and an original Heuer stopwatch, just as Pat Moss and the unforgotten Erik Carlsson used to be on the way. Even the map pocket and the lamp for reading the maps correspond to the equipment of the works cars of Saab.
Desired - or not desired?
The course of the auction until the 10. May should be a test. Sonnet 2-Tact are actually considered rare and sought after. However, it is getting worse in the Swedish sonnet scene. She is outdated, and she has failed to inspire her offspring at the right time for her hobby. What price will the Saab achieve? Around 65.000 € have flowed into the restoration of the sports car. Money that the owner will hardly ever see again.
I have 2012 on the blog about the birth of the Sonnet II and its antagonist, the hapless Catherina tells, Finally, there remains a fundamental question that is discussed again and again: The sonnet? What is correct? In colloquial language, "the sonnet" prevailed, in the historical Saab literature there was always talk of "the sonnet". In relation to this, I have chosen this spelling on the blog, allowed in my opinion both spellings.