The Saab 96 was introduced in 1960 as the successor of the Saab 93. The 96 became the model which Saab gave it’s international fame, thanks to the car’s incredible safety. As well as the rally successes of Erik Carlsson, a well-known rally driver in the fifties and sixties, who was married to Pat Moss (also a driver and sister of famous Sir Stirling Moss). Carlsson won international rally’s in 1960, 1961 (twice), 1962 (also twice), 1963, 1964 and 1967 as well.
The 96 received adjustments throughout the years, both optical as technical. The 96 began it’s career with a 38bph strong, 750cc three-cylinder two-stroke engine. This engine had a three-speed gearbox attached to it. Three years after introduction, in 1963, this engine was replaced with a 40 bhp , 841cc engine block. Optionally, a 57bhp version that was used in the Rally and Monte Carlo editions was available. This engine had three carburetors and a different lubricant system (lubricating oil instead of pre-mixed petrol). In 1967 the V4-engine (55bph) used in the Ford Taunus 12M was ready for delivery. This made a 0 to 100 km/h time of 16 seconds possible. Lastly, this V4 came with a Solex carburetor which upped the horsepower to 65 bhp.
The optical adjustments were largely made to accommodate the different engine versions. This made the front of the car longer. Increasing the front and rear window made a better view out of the car possible.
To honor this car that, in a way, made Sweden famous, the Saab 96 is pictured in a number of Swedish postage stamps.
Between 1960 and 1980 a total of 547.221 Saab 96’s were produced.
1979 Saab 96 GL
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