Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saab Sonett II - 1965


SAAB SONETT II ....



During the First World War in 1937, the Swedish firm " SAAB "is founded to participate in the war effort by building military aircraft. Leaders of the time had already decided that after the war, they would build automobiles. Cars " Saab "with Volvo are only manufactured in the Scandinavian peninsula and created as well as utility vehicles, they have greatly contributed to increase the technological supremacy and prestige of Swedish quality. In the 60s, the company will build a very strong track record in motor racing with the 96 Sport. In 1968, the company merged with Scania commercial vehicle leader in Sweden and it was not until 1972 that " Saab "offers its first motor home after Ford and Triumph ....




The Saab Sonett is the name of a model sports car two-seater, available in several versions over the years by the Swedish manufacturer. The Sonett I was initially called Saab 94, while the Sonett II and III are known under the code name Saab 97. The Sonett owes its existence to the initiative of a passionate engineer, Rolf Melde. The management of Saab is not interested in the project, that of a small sports car with two seats, he started working in January 1955, with several colleagues, in a barn located sixty kilometers from Trollhättan. The project is conducted in the utmost discretion and mainly on leisure time. A small team restricted to only a few people working in his spare time to the project on this car, whose name comes from the Swedish "Natt så är den" (it is!), An exclamation Rolf Melde often expressed during the development of model. Its production started in 1966, after some changes in the workshops at ASJ Arlöv as Saab Sonett . First 28 units in the same year, then 230 copies in 1967 ....



Rather than using a tubular chassis for Saab Sonett , Rolf Melde draws a box made ​​of riveted components made ​​of light alloy and ultra light which does not exceed 70 pounds. He is dressed in a body reinforced plastic fiberglass, although nobody Saab has any experience of this new technology from the United States. The material is also imported from overseas, which has just been presented Corvette equipped with a body thus produced. It is a small lightweight Roadster (500 pounds) and small size (3.5 meters long). Revealed premiered at Stockholm Furniture Fair, the car there was a sensation. Tests developed quickly and start momentarily Sonett receives the name of Saab 94, then made the trip to the United States where it is exposed as a show car. Saab decided to build five new copies will be made very quickly. However, the alloy frame gives way to steel and the gearbox has four reports. Finally, the company is planning a series of construction Saab Sonett in Jensen in England will rise later Volvo P 1800 ....



The Saab Sonett II is the brainchild of a Swedish designer Björn Karlström, who designed it in 1964. Called MFI-13, the first prototype was built the following year. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 1966, the car (now Saab 97) aims to enhance the image of Saab in the United States while expanding the range of the manufacturer. It is this time, a cut and not more than one roadster, whose body is always made of fiberglass. As the prototype Sonett I, the Saab Sonett II had a fiberglass body bolted to a body frame type cabinet with a roll bar added to support the hard top. The entire front cover was hinged to allow easy access to the suspension, the engine and transmission at the front. Designed as a race car, the amazing Saab Sonett II participated successfully against other small European roadsters such as the Austin Healey Sprite of the Triumph Spitfire or several races ....



Under the hood of the Saab Sonett II takes place on three-cylinder Saab Monte Carlo, a 841 cm3, which, with the three extra 40 mm Solex carburetors, develops 60 hp at 5200 rev / min. Weighing only 740 pounds, the car is traveling at 165 km / h and runs from 0 to 100 km / h in 12.5 seconds. Production starts in 1966 during which only 28 copies will be built. In 1967, the two-stroke engine gives way to the Ford 1.5 liter V4 and 65 horses. Sonett V4 become, the coupe is recognizable by its domed hood. It will be redesigned in 1970 in a style much more harmonious after Saab has given the car an Italian designer Sergio Coggiola. Sonett III called this the ultimate evolution will come to 1.7 liter V4 in 1971 but the power remains the same. The car will be produced until 1974, and in total, the Sonett II, III and V4 were built 10 219 copies ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V4
  • Capacity: 1.5 Liters
  • Power: 65 hp at 5200 rev / min
  • Speed: 165 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 12'' 5


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