Saab 96 850 Special, year 1966. Colour pale yellow with a two-tone interior; grey leatherete combined with brown cloth. This beautiful and very special Saab was sold new in California, USA, where the car knew only one owner. The nearly rust free Saab was imported to the Netherlands in the year 2008. During the years 2010 – 2013 the car was extensively restored to immaculate top condition! Since completion of the restoration the car has driven less than 1000 kilometres.
Some Saab 96 background information:
The Saab 96 850 special was introduced at the end of the year 1965. The car was placed in the Saab model programme between the Saab 96 850 ‘de Luxe’ and the Saab Monte Carlo 850 sports model. The ‘Special’ used the bodywork and the interior of the ‘de Luxe’ and the suspension and the engine (55 bhp) of the Monte Carlo model. The ‘Special’ was produced in limited numbers as it was sold only in Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA. Most of the ‘Special’ models do no longer exist. Over the last decades, the cars were stripped to obtain parts for restoration of the more expensive Monte Carlo models. So, this rare Saab model became quite scarce.
This tremendous Saab 96 850 Special is equipped with a Monte Carlo interior, dashboard, sports steering wheel and driving lamps. Additionally, the car features a Simons sports-exhaust which gives an additional 5 bhp power, but also improves the 2-stroke sound to an even higher level! This is a top specimen.
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Svenska Aeroplan AB, SAAB originally started as a manufacturer of aero planes. After the second world war the firm decided to expand their business and started developing and manufacturing automobiles. It started with the Saab 92. The car was given a very aerodynamic bodywork and the car was fitted with a DKW two stroke engine. Saab decided to enter the car in rally competitions which brought great success. The Saabs were light, agile and aerodynamic. This combined with front wheel drive proved to the perfect ingredients for a successful rally car. The make became famous with amongst others rally driver Erik Carlsson.
The Saab 96 saw the light of day in the year 1960. Like it's predecessors the car was fitted with a three cylinder two stroke engine. In the year 1966 the two stroke engine was abandoned. From then the Saab 95 and 96 were fitted with a durable Ford V4 engine. The 3-speed gearbox was also discontinued in favour of a 4-speed fully synchronized box. The column gearshift was continued which certainly has advantages in rally driving! Considering the impressive rally history of Saab the 96 model is a perfect car to participate in historic rally events!
3 cylinder two-stroke engine
cylinder capacity: 841 cc.
capacity: 57 bhp. at 5000 rpm.
gearbox: manual (column shift)
top speed: 145 km/h.
weight: 845 kg