Classic Car Catalogue

SAAB 1956


92 A (2cyl, 764 cc, 28 h.p.; wb: 247 cm)
93 (3 cyl, 748 cc, 33 h.p.; wb: 244.8cm)
94 Sonett (3cyl, 748 cc, 58 h.p.; wb: 220 cm)
- March, Stockholm

Saab 93

Motor’56/22-14, 30-13

Wielka Enc. Sam. 188


Markt’97/5-8 (zdjęcia, tabele)

Sonett to spider z poszyciem wykonanym z tworzyw sztucznych, mocowanym do aluminiowego szkieletu, napędzany silnikiem 748 cm³, dzięki zwiększeniu stopnia sprężania i zastosowaniu dwóch gaźników rozwijającym moc 57,5 KM. Został on zaprezentowany podczas salonu w nowojorskim Coloseum wraz z dwoma modelami 93. Wiąże się to z utworzeniem w USA przedstawicielstwa handlowego Saab Motors Inc. W samochodzie tym Eric Carlsson ustanowił szwedzki rekord szybkości - 159,4 km/h.

The Saab 93 was introduced in Dec 1955 but production of the 92B continued alongside its successor with the last 92B being assembled as late as Dec 1956/Jan 1957. A total of 20,128 Saab 92 models were built, of which 14,828 were of type 92B with the external boot lid.

The Saab Sonett was a sensation at the Stockholm Motor Show in February.

Saab Motors Inc. was formed in the USA.



3 cyl, 748 cc, 33 h.p.; wb: 244.8cm

Saab 93

Saab 93



2cyl, 764 cc, 28 h.p.; wb: 247 cm





3cyl, 748 cc, 58 h.p.; wb: 220 cm

Saab 94 Sonet

Saab 94 Sonett

The Saab Sonett (unofficially known as the Saab 94, even though this number had already been assigned to an aircraft project) being intended as either experimental or competition car. The story of this car began in 1954 when Rolf Mellde started sketching a sports two-seater. Saab management showed little interest. So work was carried in spare time at a barn in Asaka, some 60km (37m) from Trollhättan. Mellde designed a special stressed-skin light metal box, in preference to the tubular frames widely used in sports cars. Mellde's design weighed less than 70kg. Sixten Sason made a model that was to be taken as an original from which the glass-fibre reinforced plastic body was moulded. Glass-fibre was an exciting and futuristic material and nobody at Saab had any experience of it. The assistance came from SOAB (Svenska Oljeslageri Aktiebolaget) of Gothenburg. On 14 October 1955 at 2am the Sonett was ready to go. Mellde and his colleagues had constructed this car in secrecy and, until that point, only the chassis had been out on trial runs. Saab Management felt that the Sonett would be a sensation at the forthcoming Stockholm Motor show of February 1956 and that it should remain under wraps until that time. The Sonett, with it's light-metal chassis, plastic bodywork and a two-stoke engine tuned to deliver 57.5hp and giving a top speed of 210 km/h, was a sensation. Four engineers were involved in the Sonett project: Rolf Mellde, Lars Olov Olsson, Olle Lindkvist and Götta Svensson. Sixten Sason styled the open top Saab. Test runs with the Sonett were underway by Spring 1956 with the car covering over 5,000km by the autumn. The Sonett project now had the recognition and approval from Saab management and was designated the Saab 94. The Sonett was much in demand by dealers and was shipped to the United States for the Saab introduction there in April 1956. In November Rolf Mellde received an internal memo ordering that another five test cars be built. The barn in Asaka had been outgrown so the work was sub-contracted to Svenska Järnvagsverkstäderna (ASJ) in Linköping who, in turn, put the construction of the body out to Knossverkstaderna in Katrineholm.


Bob Wehman and Louis Braun win the fourth and last Great American Mountain Rallye. Rolf Mellde comes in sixth, with another Saab 93 in seventh place. There is only one American car among the first twenty.