The Saab 96 was released in 1960 as a replacement for the Saab 93 model. Initially available with only with a 3 cylinder 2-stroke engine until 1967 when, under a veil of secrecy other engines were tested before the 1498cc Ford V4 unit was chosen for installation. The 96 was transformed as a result of this, allowing it to compete on an entirely different level on both the retail market and indeed the competitive rally circuit where the V4 claimed World Rally Championship crowns in both 1973 and 1976.
Being the subject of routine maintenance and renovation over its 44-year life, 'HVG 847L' is presented in Black with a Dark Brown interior, the bodywork is in above average condition and is very presentable and useable.
The gearbox selects and engages as it should and the engine, having recently undergone a carburettor overhaul, pulls the car along with gusto, breathing well through the sports exhaust system that subtly upgrades this tax-exempt 96.
Supplied with a MOT valid till December 2016, the Saab is ready to be immediately enjoyed boasting as it does quirky good-looks and Scandanavian charm aplenty.
PLEASE NOTE: Upon nearing Donington Park, the vendor noticed what he believed to be a slight loss of power and mild vibration. A vehicle technician attended and suspects a degradation of a fibre/nylon gear attached to the balance shaft. Further inspection/costs will be necessary, but as the vehicle has arrived, the vendor has decided to offer the Saab at a reduced price.
Any prospective purchaser who may have travelled has the option therefore to proceed. H&H Can confirm that the engine turns over: however should now be considered a non-runner. The vehicle's MOT certificate remains valid until December 2016.
The '96' remains a wonderful historic rallying opportunity, especially if equipped with a Weber carburettor and freshly balanced engine!