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Drive with Quirky Charm: 1964 SAAB 96 up for Auction

1964 SAAB 96: A Quirky and Fun Classic Car with Rally Inspiration

Don’t miss the chance to own a 1964 SAAB 96 with sensational styling and fun performance. Imported from the Netherlands, this rally-inspired classic is in excellent condition and comes with great period interior. Find out why this quirky and engaging SAAB 96 is a must-have for any classic car enthusiast. Auction ending April 16th, 21:00.

Introduction

If you’re a classic car enthusiast who appreciates unconventional styling and engaging performance, then the 1964 SAAB 96 currently up for auction on Car & Classic is a must-see. With its quirky charm and rich history of international rally success in the 1960s, this Swedish sensation is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.

Imported from the Netherlands in 2020, this SAAB 96 features a fantastic period interior, rally replica features, and recent maintenance. In this article, we will delve into the highlights, history, interior, exterior, and mechanics of this unique classic, and why it’s a recommended purchase for any vintage car lover.

Saab 96 Highlights

The SAAB 96 is known for its sensational styling and fun performance, making it a popular choice among classic car enthusiasts. With its aerodynamic design and unique features, the SAAB 96 has a quirky charm all of its own that sets it apart from other classic cars.

This particular SAAB 96 being auctioned is described by the owner as a “mock sport” rally-inspired example, featuring rally replica features such as a period Robo roof spot light, Cibie and Lucas lamps, front disc brakes, a rev-counter, and map reading light. The genuine Ronal/Saab alloys add a touch of elegance to the car, making it a truly eye-catching classic on the road.


History and Paperwork of this Saab 96

The SAAB 96 being auctioned was first registered on January 1, 1964, and was purchased from a dealer in the Netherlands in October 2020. It comes with Dutch dealer paperwork, as well as some import documentation. The car was then registered in the UK in November 2020 and has the correct Vin-plate and chassis stamp in place.

The original owner’s manual and 96 booklet are included, providing a glimpse into the car’s history. While there is no accompanying service or restoration history, which is common with imported vehicles, the SAAB 96 appears to have been well-loved and well-maintained, evident from its overall condition.

Inside the SAAB 96

Step inside the SAAB 96 and you’ll be greeted by a fantastic period duo-tone upholstery and trim that adds a touch of vintage elegance to the car. The dash top is free from splits or sun damage, and the wood-rimmed 3-spoke steering wheel adds a classic touch to the interior. The column gear change and original VDO/Saab gauges are intact, and the switchgear is in great condition.

Step into automotive history with the 1964 SAAB 96's retro-inspired interior. Featuring a sleek and minimalist design, the cabin boasts original period-correct upholstery in pristine condition
Step into automotive history with the 1964 SAAB 96’s retro-inspired interior. Featuring a sleek and minimalist design, the cabin boasts original period-correct upholstery in pristine condition

All electrical equipment is said to function, although the rev-counter may feel slightly vague. The cantilever-action door windows provide a unique feature to the SAAB 96, and the sound deadening and ‘door mat’ carpeting add to the overall comfort of the car. The headlining is in decent condition, and the boot is tidy, complete with a picnic basket, good spare, jack, and tools.

Saab 96 perfectly preserved exterior

The exterior of this 1964 SAAB 96 is simply stunning. The glossy white paintwork is in excellent condition, with only a few minor touched-in blemishes, particularly to the lower front. The body panels are dent and ding-free, and there is no obvious corrosion to be found. The chrome parts and alloy trim are presentable, adding to the overall appeal of the car.

One of the standout features of this SAAB 96 are the rally replica extras that have been added, including the period Robo roof spot light, Cibie and Lucas lamps, and genuine Ronal/Saab alloys. These extras give the car a unique and sporty look that is sure to turn heads. The new UK converted headlights and Hella rear lights are also a great addition, ensuring clear visibility on the road.

 Get ready to take a trip down memory lane as you immerse yourself in the authentic vintage ambiance of this iconic Swedish classic car.
Get ready to take a trip down memory lane as you immerse yourself in the authentic vintage ambiance of this iconic Swedish classic car.

The windows and mirrors are clear, and the badges are in nice condition. The undersealed floorpan looks solid and well-maintained. The 10-spoke 5J/15″ Ronal/Saab alloys are in great shape, and the Vredestein tyres up front and Michelin rears have good tread levels, providing excellent grip on the road.

MECHANICS

The mechanics of this 1964 SAAB 96 are in great condition and well-maintained. The engine compartment is clean and in its original specification. The car is powered by a 3-cylinder, 2-stroke 841 cc engine, which is economical and provides fun performance. The engine features a single Solex carburettor, and the car has a front-wheel drive (FWD) system.

The transmission is a 4-speed all-synchro’ gearbox with an optional ‘Freewheeling’ clutch, providing smooth and easy gear changes. The electrics are in sound-looking condition, with a dynamo providing power. The car also features rally bonnet straps, adding to its sporty appearance.

The engine bay is a testament to the SAAB brand's commitment to performance, durability, and innovation. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty and functionality of this meticulously preserved engine bay, a true masterpiece of automotive history
The engine bay is a testament to the SAAB brand’s commitment to performance, durability, and innovation. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty and functionality of this meticulously preserved engine bay, a true masterpiece of automotive history

The steering is precise and the suspension feels supple, providing a comfortable driving experience. Recent maintenance includes new front callipers and pads in December 2022, ensuring the brakes are efficient and reliable.

It’s important to note that this SAAB 96 is a 2-stroke engine, which means it may be a bit smokey on start-up. However, the owner has informed us that the engine starts easily with a little choke and runs well with no untoward noises or overheating problems.

Maintenance is simple, with regular spark plug checks and the addition of a 33:1 low smoke two-stroke oil to the fuel. Overall, the mechanics of this SAAB 96 are in great shape, providing a fun and reliable driving experience.

Summary

In conclusion, this 1964 SAAB 96 is a truly unique and captivating classic car that is sure to appeal to vintage car enthusiasts and collectors alike. Its sensational styling, fun performance, and rally replica features make it a standout option for those who appreciate unconventional and engaging automobiles.

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