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Saab 96 Special: Driving a Rare Jubilee Model from 1979

Exceptional Handling: Driving the Saab 96 Special

The Saab 96 is a classic car that has garnered a loyal following over the years. In 1979, Saab produced a limited edition model called the Saab 96 Special to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary. Auto Motor Klassiker, a Dutch car magazine, had the opportunity to test drive this rare and exceptional vehicle and shared their experience in a recent report.

The Saab 96 Special is a unique car that stands out from the crowd with its eye-catching blue paint job. The journalists from Auto Motor Klassiker were impressed with the car’s appearance, noting that it looked “stunning” and “spectacular.” They were also impressed by the car’s performance, which they described as “impressive” and “responsive.”

The Power and Performance of the Saab 96 Special’s V4 Engine

Driving this beautiful classic is an almost therapeutic pleasure. The 1498 cc V4 engine short-stroke engine (65 DIN hp, high compression) turns smoothly. And when you get into a higher rev range, it enables the SAAB 96 Special to keep up with everyday traffic.

The engine is paired with a manual transmission that provides smooth and precise shifts. According to the journalists from Auto Motor Klassiker, the car accelerates smoothly and handles well on the road.

The Power of the V4 Engine in the Saab 96 Special: A Closer Look
The Power of the V4 Engine in the Saab 96 Special: A Closer Look

Driving with the freewheel engaged is a unique experience that the journalists found to be enjoyable. The freewheel disengages the engine from the wheels, allowing the car to coast without engine braking. This can be useful in situations where the driver wants to conserve fuel or reduce wear and tear on the brakes.


The journalists also noted that the car’s gear lever, which is mounted on the steering column, is a pleasure to use. It operates smoothly and precisely, and it can be shifted with just the fingertips. The car’s long third gear also means that the driver does not need to shift gears as often as they might in other cars.

The Freewheel Lock

It is important to note that the freewheel lock should only be engaged when the car is stationary or when the engine is pulling the car gently. Attempting to engage the freewheel lock while the car is coasting could cause damage to the lock, which is a dog clutch. Engaging the freewheel lock repeatedly is not recommended, and it is best to leave it locked permanently if desired.

Overall, the Saab 96 Special’s freewheel and gear lever are features that add to the car’s unique driving experience. The journalists from Auto Motor Klassiker found that these features made the car enjoyable to drive and contributed to its overall charm and appeal.

Inside, the Saab 96 Special is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of legroom and headroom for both the driver and passengers. The car’s seats are upholstered in a luxurious fabric that feels soft and comfortable to the touch. The dashboard is simple and uncluttered, with large, easy-to-read gauges and a retro-style radio.

Exceptional Handling: Driving the Saab 96 Special

One of the standout features of the Saab 96 Special is its handling. The car is equipped with front-wheel drive, which provides excellent traction and stability on the road. The journalists from Auto Motor Klassiker found the car to be “fun to drive” and “responsive,” with precise steering and a smooth ride.

The Saab 96 Special is a classic car that offers a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. The car’s seats are comfortable and supportive, and the correct seating position can be easily found, thanks to the car’s well-designed interior. The sports steering wheel, with its three spokes, is the perfect size and adds to the car’s sporty feel.

The car’s suspension and damping are also noteworthy. The Saab 96 Special is comfortable to drive, even on bumpy roads. In turns, the car does understeer slightly and leans a bit, but it also offers excellent course stability, making it a pleasure to drive on the open road.

Experience Comfort and Unique Design with the Saab 96 Special Interior

The Saab 96 Special’s ergonomic aspects are well done, and the operation of the car’s levers and buttons is just a bit different from what drivers might be used to. However, the car is easy to get used to, and its unique character is part of its charm.

Overall, the Saab 96 Special is a classic car that offers a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. Its well-designed interior, sports steering wheel, and comfortable suspension make it a pleasure to drive, while its unique character and excellent operation make it a standout among classic cars. If you’re a fan of classic cars, the Saab 96 Special is definitely worth considering.

Inside the Saab 96 Special: Exploring Its Unique Interior Design
Inside the Saab 96 Special: Exploring Its Unique Interior Design

The Saab 96 Special is a unique and rare car that is highly sought after by enthusiasts. Its specific design, with its countless design details and aerodynamic shape, sets it apart from other classic cars. The Saab 96 Special is an enthusiast’s edition, and its unique features make it a special and desirable car.

One of the things that makes this Saab 96 Special stand out is its late-series design. The frame of the side windows is painted black, and there is a continuous black band at the bottom of the car’s flanks. These details are unique to this late-series model and add to the car’s overall aesthetic.

The Joy of Driving a Saab 96 Special: An Auto Motor Klassiker Experience

As the journalists from Auto Motor Klassiker experienced first-hand, this car is a joy to drive and own. It is clear that Saab put a lot of thought and effort into the design and engineering of this car, and it shows in every detail.

It is a classic car that has stood the test of time and remains a beloved car to this day. The journalists at Auto Motor Klassiker clearly enjoyed their time with the car and look forward to sharing more about it in the magazine.

Also, they would like to extend our thanks to Hofman Classic & Sportscars for providing the opportunity to experience this rare and special car. It is through the efforts of companies like Hofman Classic & Sportscars that these classic cars are preserved and appreciated for generations to come.

Would you like to buy this Saab 96 Special

For those who are interested in owning this rare and special car, the Saab 96 Special is currently part of the sales collection at “Hofman Classic & Sportscars” and can be purchased for €18,900. This is a great opportunity for car enthusiasts and collectors to own a piece of automotive history and experience the joy of driving a classic car that has aged gracefully.

 For sale a Saab 96, a special last edition nummer 84, with the V4 1700 cc engine with 65 pk. 3 owner car, 1 owner had the car for 32 years.
For sale a Saab 96, a special last edition nummer 84, with the V4 1700 cc engine with 65 pk. 3 owner car, 1 owner had the car for 32 years.

It is important to note that purchasing a classic car requires careful consideration and research. It is recommended to thoroughly inspect the car and understand its history before making a purchase. Hofman Classic & Sportscars is a reputable dealer of classic cars, and they can provide valuable information and assistance in the purchasing process.

Owning a classic car like the Saab 96 Special requires dedication and passion, but it is a rewarding experience for those who appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these timeless cars. We wish the future owner of this Saab 96 Special many years of enjoyment and appreciation for this rare and special car.

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