lauantai 25. elokuuta 2012

Saab Sonett

Saab Sonett III

 Saab Sonett oli Saabin valmistama urheiluauto, jonka ensimmäinen malli esiteltiin 16. maaliskuuta vuonna 1956 Tukholman autonäyttelyssä. Tätä mallia valmistettiin vain kuusi kappaletta. Ensimmäisen polven Sonetit olivat kolmisylinterisiä. Auton oli suunnitellut ruotsalainen Sixten Sason. Saab Sonett II (Saab 97) oli kaksipaikkainen, lasikuidulla vahvistettu muovikorinen urheiluauto.
Saab Sonett III

Vuosina 1967 ja 1968 moottorina oli 2-tahtinen moottori ja 1968 Saab Sonett II:n kaksitahtinen moottori korvattiin tehokkaammalla V4:lla. Saab Sonett II:n valmistus päättyi vuonna 1969 ja vuoden 1970 malliksi tuli Saab Sonett III. Saab Sonett III -mallin valmistus aloitettiin vuonna 1970, ja sen valmistus lopetettiin vuonna 1974. Urheiluauton täysin uusittu kori muotoiltiin Italiassa. Saabin muut urheiluautomallit Saab 93 750 Gran Turismo ja Saab Monte Carlo 850 edustivat autovalmistajan kahta ralliin tarkoitettua autoa.



Saab Sonett III



The Saab Sonett is an automobile manufactured between 1955 and 1957 and again between 1966 and 1974 by Saab Automobile AB of Sweden. Sonetts shared engines and other components with Saab 96s and 95s of the same era.The first prototype, now known as the Sonett I, was a two-seat, open-top, lightweight roadster racer which, ten years later, evolved into the commercially-distributed Sonett models II, V4, and III.The 1970 redesign of the Sonett V4, named the Sonett III, was initially undertaken by Sergio Coggiola, but Gunnar A. Sjögren altered it to fit the existing chassis without expensive manufacturing-line changes. Hinged rear-window glass replaced the Sonett II/V4 rear compartment hatch door. With the mandate for a "bulge-less" hood, the engine compartment opening evolved into a small front popup panel, resulting in more limited access than in the Sonett V4. Extensive engine work required the removal of the entire front hood section.
Saab Sonett III

To help adapt the car to U.S. market tastes, the Sonett III featured a floor-mounted shifter (instead of the Sonett V4 column-mounted shifter) and optional dealer-installed air conditioning. Like the Opel GT, the Sonett III's hidden headlamps were operated manually using a lever. US safety regulations required new bumpers after 1972, significantly detracting from its Italian-inspired design.
Saab Sonett III

While the 1970 and 1971 model years initially had the same 1500 cc Ford V4 engine as the Sonett V4, emission control requirements reduced the available horsepower. The model years 1971 to 1974 of the Sonett III used the 1700 cc Ford V4, but to meet increasingly strict Federal regulations, net power output remained the same as the 1500 cc engine, at 65 horsepower (48 kW).[8] Still, the Sonett III accelerated from 0–100 km/h (0–63 mph) in 13 seconds, and—due to a higher differential gear ratio (42 teeth on the ring gear and 9 teeth on the pinion gear) than the standard 95/96 transmission (39:8)—achieved a top speed of 165 km/h (103 mph), aided by a low 0.31 drag coefficient.
Saab Sonett II 1966


Disappointing sales, especially during the 1973 oil crisis, led Saab to end production in 1974. A total of 8,368 Sonett IIIs were manufactured between 1970 and 1974.



Saab Sonett

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