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The Super Sport Sonett by SAAB

The Sonett is a high performance, low drag two seater employing aircraft design priciples throughout to achieve a car of both great lightness and strength as well as aero-dynamic efficiency. The Sonett, in prototype form, is a competiton automobile equipped with full-width aero-screen, special brakes and cooiing system, making it highly suited to entry in Class H events. It is expected that a touring version will also be available with convertible top and luggage compartment. The Sonett weighs only 1100 pounds, great savings n weight having been effected through use of an aiuminum aircraft-type chassis. The porer plant for the Sonett is the regular SAAB 93 three-cylinder, two cycle engine, althouh horsepower has been boosted to 57.5 at 5000 rpm, and the compression ratio is 10 to 1. The car can be acelerated from O to 60 in 12 seconds, its top speed being well over 130 miles per hour.

Specifications: Weight, dry: 1100 lbs. Track, front and rear: 4', Wheel base: 7.25'. Overall length: 11.18'. Overall width: 4.66'. Overall height: 2.6'. Engine: Cylinder volume: 748cc. Maximum output: 57.5 brake hp at 5000 rpm (SAE). Bore: 2.6". Stroke: 2.88". Maximum torque: approx. 9kpm (63 lbs/ft) at 3500 rpm. Compression ratio, nominal: 10 to 1. Fuel: approx. 85' octane. Gear box: 4 forward speeds, 1 reverse. Performance: Maximum speed: 200 km/h (125mph).
A Word About SAAB

SAAB - Swedish Aircraft Company - was founded in 1937 and although this would rate it, in terms of years, as a young company, it is today the largest producer of jet aircraft in Europe. As its name implies, SAAB has been an aircraft company from its inception and therefore the production of SAAB automobiles ss a new deelopment, the first model having been introduced in 1949. The leading British automoile magazine, THE MOTOR, recently observed that the SAAB 93 is a very new and original automobile and as such a most welcome addition to the automotive world generally. This was our goal and in achieving it we have the feeling of satisfaction that has often come to us as a result of advances SAAB has made in the field of aviation.

SAAB is a young company and perhaps for that reason a dynamic one. This year it will reach a production of one thousand automobiles a month and when the facilities are completed early next year production will be further increased. In Europe, it is a well known fact that SAAB owners are outspoken in their praise for SAAB cars and the company that produces them. In large measure the sale of these automobiles is achieved through the enthusiam of the owners themselves. This, we feel, is as it should be and we are hopeful that the same kind of partnership between SAAB owners and company can be achieved in the United States as it has been elsewhere. We shall certainly do our best.

Materials for this section provided by the generosity of member, Patrick S. Jury, West Des Moines IA

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