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Saab 96
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Saab 96. 1960–80 (prod. 547,221 incl. GT750, GT850 and Sport). 2-door saloon. F/F, 841 cm³ (I3 2-str.), 1498, 1698 cm³ (V4 OHV). Further development of 93, and the first Saab to be widely exported. More powerful engine and luggage space, new rear end, dashboard, and rear seat, allowing 96 to seat five. Slightly greater wind noise, expected FWD understeer and front-end shake. Famed competition history in the hands of rally driver Erik Carlsson, including two wins at Monte Carlo (1962, 1963). Facelifts in 1965 and 1974, the first giving the car a longer front end to accommodate Ford V4s. Two-stroke unit phased out in 1968. Looked obsolete alongside more modern 99 (from 1967), but 96 soldiered on, with gradual changes. New headlamps and turn signals from 1969, a nod to safety; interior revisions in 1970, along with fold-down rear seat; limited-edition sporting S model in 1974. Anniversary model in 1975, commemorating Saab’s quarter-century in car manufacture; 96L as of 1976 with emissions’ controls and large bumpers. GL spec as of 1978. Final 96 rolled off the line in Finland in January 1980.

Manufacturing locations: Trollhättan, Sweden; Uusikaupunki, Finland

Marque: Saab | Predecessor: Saab 93 | Successors: Saab 99, Saab 600

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