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Scandinavian Save: 1973 SAAB 96

1973 SAAB 96

This SAAB 96 is claimed to have come from California and to have sat in storage for the last 10 years. It was supposedly running when parked and is said to be solid with only surface rust. It’s a shame that the seller didn’t upload better photos though. Maybe it’s a good thing they didn’t though because I’d be seriously tempted to grab it. I’ve looked a few of these over the years, but have yet to find the right one. It’s listed here on eBay with with the option to place a bid or buy it now for $1,200. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip!


  1. Avatar photo James

    The first brand new car I ever bought (in 1968). First a 2 stroke, later a V4.

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  2. Avatar photo Per Member

    I own 2 of these cars. One 1963 and one1964 model. They were fun to drive, wished I had them now. They were easy to switch motor on, just lift out using a little muscle power.

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  3. Avatar photo Bobsmyuncle

    Sold. If I’m correct, for $600!
    And if had been local it would have been to me!

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  4. Avatar photo jim s

    i wonder if barnfinds bought this car.

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    • Avatar photo Jesse Staff

      It wasn’t us Jim.

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  5. Avatar photo rogerowen

    Nice car! I’ve had 3 of these – all V4 (2 saloons and a 95 estate version). The 96 was an update to it’s predecessor that had a 3 cylinder ‘in-line’ 2 stroke engine (originally borrowed from Auto Union in Germany). When SAAB were somewhat forced into finding a less smokey power plant – the Ford ‘Cologne’ 4 stroke V4 was the only lump that could fit at the time – and a tight fit it was! Trying to ‘out’ the engine for a clutch renewal was an interesting exercise – only mm’s to spare! The V4 was a very torquey engine, and coupled with FWD it became a very competent ‘Snowmobile’ .

    Early 60’s 2 strokes had great successes as rally cars – especially in the hands of great rally drivers like Erik Carlsson (nick-name Erik ‘on the roof’ Carlsson), as he would quite often overturn!

    Interestingly, when the 2-stroke motor was ditched the car retained the Free-Wheel device that was essential to prevent the 2-stroke engines from seizing up on long down-hill coasts.

    Brilliant car once you had mastered the column gear change.

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    • Avatar photo Richard V

      When I would have these in my shop I always wondered about the free wheel pull, now I know!

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  6. Avatar photo Bobsmyuncle

    All I can think of;


    There is a full interview out there showing the car in great detail.

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    • Avatar photo rogerowen

      Fantastic video! Poor cameraman though – probably needed a few plasters after that!

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  7. Avatar photo Peter Carson

    Nope, car sold for “buy it now” price of $1200.
    Going to Sacramento. I bought it to restore , but then found a 65 Sport. Two stroke motor rebuilt, I’ll be driving it this summer.

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    • Avatar photo jim s

      photos of you 65 sport would be nice, thanks.

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