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“Vicky” is Saved

Saved 1971 Saab 96 V4Saved 1971 Saab 96 V4

Like any Saab enthusiast, Ben from Southampton gave a name to his favorite car – which he named Vicky. Ben Kendall is Design Student & Sales associate at Solent University & LEGO Group, and he also has a great love for classic cars.

As you can guess, “Vicky” is a 1971 SAAB 96 V4, it worked it’s way through his family and friends to Ben’s father and was loved as a joy to drive until clutch issues and an upcoming child (Ben himself) led to it being parked up for the forseeable future.

The abandoned Saab  96
The abandoned Saab waited a long time for his order to be sorted out

Ben grew up with this Saab 96 that lay neglected at the bottom of their garden, saw it every day and always wanted to hear the engine sound of this cute car. The passage of time unfortunately led to the damage to it only increasing, and there was only room for one car in the garage and that space was already occupied.

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Very bad condition of the car before restoration
Very bad condition of the car before restoration

In 2018 Ben started working with his father to clear the debris which had built up around “Vicky” and over the past year they’ve been conducting conservation work to ensure that the condition gets no worse.

Rust has been treated, the engine turned over, and tyres pumped up etc. He is well aware this is nothing in comparison to the work it requires but he hopes that the work He helped do has prevented irrepairable damage. We want Ben and his father to get their old shine back to this beautiful car as soon as possible, and that Vicky will be on a British cruise again very soon.

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.

1 Comment

  • Great to see the save has started. I drove a similar red 96 v4 for many years after it was given to me by my father. Would love to drive one again.

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