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Buy a Historic Saab 96 V4 in Poland – A Unique Opportunity for Car Enthusiasts

Historic Saab 96 V4 for Sale in Poland: A Unique Opportunity to Own a Piece of Swedish Rally History

Explore the opportunity to buy a historic Saab 96 V4 in Poland, a restored classic car with motorsport heritage. Learn about its unique features, powerful engine, and its impact on Saab’s international reputation. Find out how this iconic rally car has been transformed by a Polish workshop while preserving its original style.

The Saab 96 V4

The Saab 96 V4 is a legendary car that has made its mark in the history of motorsport. Developed by Swedish automaker Saab in the 1960s, this classic car features a distinctive design, powerful engine (for that time), and impressive performance.

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One of the most notable achievements of the Saab 96 V4 was its success in various rally competitions, where it earned a reputation as a formidable competitor.

The Pride of Swedish Rallying: Restored Saab 96 V4 with Motorsport Style Now Available for Sale in Poland
The Pride of Swedish Rallying: Restored Saab 96 V4 with Motorsport Style Now Available for Sale in Poland

Today, a restored Saab 96 V4 in the style of historic rally cars is available for sale in Poland, offering a unique opportunity for car enthusiasts to own a piece of automotive history. In this article, we will explore the features of this iconic car, its motorsport heritage, and the opportunity to buy it in Poland.

Saab 96 V4 – A Motorsport Legend

The Saab 96 V4 was introduced by Saab in 1960 as a compact car with a two-stroke, three-cylinder engine of 841 cc and 38 horsepower. One of the unique features of this model was its front-wheel drive and a special gearbox with a flywheel designed to dampen vibrations caused by the two-stroke engine’s specific lubrication system. However, Saab soon realized the need for a larger and more powerful engine for the 96 V4, which led them to source a V4 engine from Ford.

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Saab 96, Driven by Carlsson at the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally
Saab 96, Driven by Carlsson at the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally

The Ford-sourced V4 engine came in two displacements, 1.5 and 1.7 liters, with power outputs ranging from 55 to 75 horsepower. The Saab 96 V4 quickly gained popularity in the motorsport world, thanks to its impressive performance and handling capabilities. It became a formidable competitor in various rally competitions, with renowned rally driver Erik Carlsson leading the charge for Saab in the 1960s.

The Swedes initially developed a 3-cylinder, two-stroke engine with a displacement of 841 cc and 38 hp for their Saab model. This engine had specific lubrication that sometimes caused small jerks, which led Saab to equip the gearbox with a special flywheel. This flywheel allowed for speed deflection and cushioned the shocks, ensuring smooth operation.

Saab 96 V4’s Rally Success

The Saab 96 V4’s rally career started soon after its launch in 1960. Erik Carlsson, also known as “Mr. Saab,” became the most famous driver to compete with the Saab 96 in rallies, starting in 1960. The Saab 96 V4’s successful participation in rallies continued in the following years, with notable achievements, such as participating in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1962 and 1963, where the Swedish car performed admirably without any technical issues.

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The Saab 96 V4’s success in rally competitions helped boost the international reputation of the model and its manufacturer, Saab. Even today, when talking about the history of the Saab 96, its motorsport career is an integral part of the story. It’s worth mentioning that the Saab 96 also participated in rallies with its original two-stroke engine, as well as with the later V4 engine.

The Rally V4 engine has undergone continuous modifications, including the installation of forged pistons and other internal components, resulting in changes to its performance and capacity. Typically, the engine has been upgraded to around 1.8 liters or even larger. The vehicle we are discussing in this article features a V4 engine that has been similarly modified, with a displacement of 1,850 cubic centimeters (cm³), and is equipped with 2 Weber carburetors.

The Rally-Ready Saab 96 V4 for Sale in Poland

The Saab 96 V4 currently available for sale in Poland is a unique example of this iconic car. Initially, it was a regular Saab 96 V4, but its owner desired to transform it into a rally car reminiscent of the glorious motorsport history of the Swedish brand. To achieve this, the owner contracted the services of Kanczuga workshop in Poland, known for their exceptional skills in working with Saab vehicles.

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Impeccably Restored Interior of the Saab 96 V4, Featuring Racing-Inspired Upgrades for an Authentic Motorsport Experience
Impeccably Restored Interior of the Saab 96 V4, Featuring Racing-Inspired Upgrades for an Authentic Motorsport Experience

If you are a fan of classic cars and have always dreamed of owning a piece of automotive history, then look no further! An iconic Saab 96 V4, previously owned by Swedish Saab enthusiast and rally driver Fredrik Ekendahl, is now available for purchase in Poland. This vintage gem has a fascinating history and has undergone various modifications over the years, making it a truly unique and exciting opportunity for car collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The Saab 96 V4 originally made its way to Poland in 2004, and its first owner in the country was Tadeusz Kwiatek, the founder of the SAAB GT-Classic club. Under his ownership, the car received a new paint job and mechanical restoration, among other modifications, during a decade of careful preservation. The second owner from 2014 to 2021 was Jacek Kołodziejski, a renowned Polish advertising photographer, who continued to modify the car, commissioning the construction of a powerful engine.

Powerful Performance: Tuned Saab 96 V4 Engine Boasting Over 100 Horsepower for an exhilarating Driving Experience
Powerful Performance: Tuned Saab 96 V4 Engine Boasting Over 100 Horsepower for an exhilarating Driving Experience

In 2021, the car was acquired by the current owner, who made further modifications to unleash its full potential. These included upgrades such as stiffer valve springs, an electronic ignition system from 123ignition, and tuned carburetors. However, it’s worth noting that the car has never been used for competitive motorsports and has only been driven recreationally, making it an excellent option for leisurely drives and classic car events.

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The Saab 96 V4 has also been fitted with safety features such as a roll cage, Sparco seats, 4-point Sparco harnesses, intercom, fire extinguishing system, and a central power cutoff switch. Additional gauges for oil pressure, oil and coolant temperature, and voltage have been installed for monitoring the car’s performance.

Tuned Engine

The engine has been upgraded to a 1850cc displacement with forged pistons, a unique sports cross-flow intake, Weber 45 carburetors, ported cylinder head, oversized valves, aggressive camshaft, lightweight flywheel, and an open exhaust system. The cooling and oil systems have also been modified for improved performance.

The car’s electrical system has been completely rewired, and the battery has been relocated to the trunk. The unique RAC wheels, which were only made for two years for rally Saabs on special order, add to the car’s authenticity. The steering wheel and handbrake lever are also original period rally equipment.

"Revved Up for Rally Success: Saab 96 V4 with High-Performance Upgrades, Primed for New Adventures on the Rally Circuit
“Revved Up for Rally Success: Saab 96 V4 with High-Performance Upgrades, Primed for New Adventures on the Rally Circuit

The Saab 96 V4 is currently owned by the operator of gieldaklasykow.pl, a popular classic car trading platform in Poland. The sale will be conducted based on a VAT margin invoice, with no obligation to pay the PCC tax after purchase, making it a hassle-free transaction for potential buyers.

Race-Ready Comfort: Authentic Sparco Seats Enhance the Rally Experience in the Saab 96 V4
Race-Ready Comfort: Authentic Sparco Seats Enhance the Rally Experience in the Saab 96 V4

Owning a historic Saab 96 V4 is not only a thrilling experience for car enthusiasts, but it’s also a chance to own a piece of automotive heritage. With its unique history, carefully curated modifications, and excellent condition, this Saab 96 V4 is a rare find that will surely turn heads on the road and at classic car shows. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of Saab history – contact gieldaklasykow.pl today to inquire about purchasing this iconic classic car!

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Saab 96 V4

Production year: 1967
Mileage: 84000 km
Capacity: 1850 cm³
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: manual
Power: 100hp+
PRICE: 23,000€

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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