Saab 96 Sport When “Top Gear” covered Saab Rally cars in the 1990s they used this car with Erik Carlsson driving. Thirty years later, they were re-united in “For the Love of Cars”. Saab famously scrapped their ex works cars as a safety measure, very few genuine cars survive.
In the 1980s this car was constructed from genuine period motorsport parts by Saabs UK Service Supervisor as a copy of the Monte Carlo winning 96 bull nose Two Stroke – the steering wheel was once Erik’s. The car has been in competitive use ever since. AJM, probably the most developed two stroke in the world, has proved its reliability finishing most recently 1st in class, 2nd Historic and 24th overall in the 2014 R.A.C. Rally (the UK’s toughest event).
The car held a FIA Technical Passport (lapsed) and would be eligible and welcome for almost any event, tarmac or forest, stage or regularity, in the world. The car currently has good in date seats, belts, fire extinguishers and MSA paperwork. A valuable Halda Twinmaster is retained although an additional Brantz is preferred for competition.
Recently refreshed from last year’s RAC the car appeared at Goodwood Festival of Speed for the eighth time. In 2006 Rauno Aaltonen drove it and a video is included with the extensive history files which include: Goodwood entry lists, many press cuttings (including a starring role in Octane’s classic rally car shoot) event reports and photographs.
Two folders of service records are also included. By separate sale the owner has a substantial quantity of spare parts worth around £10,000 including difficult items to obtain: a complete competition prepared engine, Spec I gearbox with limited slip differential; triple carburettor and inlet manifold; exhaust; new wings; alternator; dynamos; springs and shocks; wishbones; air filters; fan shafts; radiator and 25 wheel and tyre sets. It is a unique driving experience. As Erik said: “If you like driving, I don’t think you can find something better”.