1956 Saab Sonett I, Model 94 (Now at Tom Donney Motors)

/1956 Saab Sonett I, Model 94 (Now at Tom Donney Motors)
1956 Saab Sonett I, Model 94 (Now at Tom Donney Motors)2013-05-31T15:21:41-05:00

Fiberglass Roadster Right Dr. 3 Cyl/2 Cycle

Sonett, is a name derived from the Swedish slang expression Så nätt den är (“how neat it is”, or more literally “so neat they are”). The Saab Sonett prototype was actually built in a barn on a very low budget ($10K USD today). It was also called the Super Sport or Saab 94 and introduced on 16 March 1956 at Stockholm’s Bilsalong (motor show). Boasting a three-cylinder 748 cc two-stroke engine generating 57.5 horsepower and a 154 lb aluminum box-style chassis from Swedish designer Sixten Sason, the Sonett I was an advanced lowweight
1,323 lb racer based on aircraft design concepts. With a projected top speed of 120 mph, the Sonett I had the prospect of success on the European race circuit, and a production run of 2,000 units was planned for 1957. However, race competition rules changed, permitting modified production cars into race classes that Saab had envisioned for its purposebuilt Sonett, and the economic and marketing viability of the project faded.

Only six Sonett I vehicles were made, between 1955 and early 1957. The original prototype, known as “#1” and built with a manually crafted Glassfiber-Reinforced Polyester (GRP, or “fiberglass”) body, served as the reference model for the other five cars. An extremely rare vehicle, only two Sonetts exist in the United States.

*The above Information was provided by SAAB USA from a past press release*


Below are pictures taken at SOC12 in Iowa City by Britteny Lynn Donney

with  “Expressive Impression”

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