29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

 
  Lot 3
 

1965 Saab 96 'Long Nose' 2-Stroke
No Reserve

Sold for £6,300

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: JWE 670C
Chassis No: 330277
MOT: Exempt

  • Imported from Sweden in 2019
  • Recent mechanical refurbishment, including thorough engine and brake system overhauls
  • Period Saab 'Monte Carlo' steering wheel

The Saab 96 was manufactured and marketed from 1960 to January 1980, replacing the 93. The 96 featured aerodynamic two-door bodywork, four-passenger seating and at first a two-stroke, three-cylinder engine, later a four-stroke V4. The front end was lengthened for 1965 models, in preparation for a new engine, and the radiator was placed ahead of the engine rather than above and behind, a leftover from the thermosiphon cooling days. Both front and rear windows were enlarged slightly for 1968 models. The Saab 96 was driven most famously by Erik Carlsson in many international rallies, placing first in the 1960, 1961 and 1962 RAC Rallies and first in the 1962 and 1963 Monte Carlo Rallies. It was these successive, top-level victories that put the Saab 96 'on the map' and established its reputation for reliability and toughness. Carlsson also competed in the East African Safari Rally. Famous rallying names such as Simo Lampinen, Per Eklund, Pat Moss-Carlsson, Tom Trana, Stig Blomqvist and Carl Orrenius have also been connected with the Saab 96.

This particular example, resplendent in its adorable original Green colour, left its homeland of Sweden in 2019 when imported to the UK by a renowned collector of Saab two-strokes. Little is known about the life of the car in Sweden, apart from that it was registered as ‘AAS 480’ (Swedish mark) which is still displayed on the car. The vendor bought the car in 2022 and then registered it in the UK under the registration mark ‘JWE 670C’.

The car presents very well and has been subject to extensive mechanical refurbishment including a full brake overhaul along with its front suspension and the Triple Cylinder two-stroke was subject to an extensive engine overhaul which included a lightweight crankshaft and pistons. The vendor advises us that the car runs very well and is very fast – a testament to the rallying pedigree of these cars. The interior presents very well with the seat seeming to have been recovered at some stage and the bodywork appears original with paintwork having achieved a fantastic patination. The car also features a gorgeous original Saab ‘Monte Carlo’ wheel – an addition that is very desirable. The car is now offered at ‘No Reserve’ to find it a loving new home. Just don’t forget the two-stroke oil!

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
lucas.gomersall@handh.co.uk
07484 082430

 

Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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