|The Sonett II was introduced in 1966. Longitudinally mounted three cylinder, oil injected, 841 ccm two stroke engine with triple side draft carburetors, rated at 60 hp. Acceleration 0-100 km/h 12.5 sec. Top speed 150 km/h. Wheelbase 2149 mm. Track 1219 mm. Length/width 3770/1445 mm. Curb weight 660 kg. In 1967, 258 were manufactured. Body was 2 door fiberglass shell with a hinged nose with chrome plated latches||
In 1971, the Sonett got a new grille and a black
1973 brought big impact absorbing bumper that could stand 8 km/h without lasting deformation, pinstripes, black wiper arms and struts for the rear window. Rain trough added. Tire dimension altered from 155 to 165 SR15
|In 1967 the Sonett II got a new grill with horizontally mounted bars and parking/indicator lights on either side. Nose got rubber latches. Saab emblem on the hood. New air intake/outlet for better ventilation. Small rubber overriders.|| See 'Model Identification'
1974 was the last year for the Saab Sonett; approximately 10,000 Sonett III's were produced:
Late 1967/early 1968, the Sonett was fitted with a 1500 ccm four stroke V4 engine and renamed the Sonett V4. These cars are easily distinguished from the Sonett II by the presence of a "power" bulge on the hood, made necessary to provide clearance for the V4's air cleaner. Acceleration 0-100 km/h 12.5 sec. Top speed 160 km/h. Wheelbase 2149 mm. Track 1232 mm. Length/width 3770/1500 mm. Curb weight 725 kg. Fewer than 2000 of these were ever made.
In 1970 it was restyled by Italian Coach builder Sergio Coggida and designated the Sonett III. Acceleration 0-100 km/h 13 sec. Top speed 165 km/h. Wheelbase 2149 mm. Track 1232 mm. Length/width 3900/1500 mm. Curb weight 1900 lbs.
From the Introductory Ad from 1966
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Thanks to Thor Carlson for the bulk of the factoids and to David Prantl for the production numbers
The Sonett II "Forest Sailor"
When the sheet metal SONETT II chassis was built, it proved to have exceptional torsional strength. It was so rigid and still so light that Bjorn Karlstrom suggested that it should be used in building a lightweight amphibious off-road car which he named the ‘Forest Sailor’.
Taken from ‘THE SONETT AND ALL OTHER SAAB SPORTS CARS’ BY BJORN SVALLNER
|Silver Gray Metallic||1966, 67, 68|
|Golden Bronze Metallic||1966, 67, 68|
|Chamonix White||1966, 67, 68, 69|
|Monaco Red||1966, 67, 68, 69|
|Blue Metallic||1968, 69|
|Monte Carlo Blue||1970, 71|
|Midnight Sun Yellow||1970, 71|
|Safari Green||1970, 71|
|Baja Red||1970, 71, 72, 73, 74|
|Midnight Blue||1972, 73|
|Burnt Orange||1972, 73, 74|
|Emerald Green||1973, 74|
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