The SAAB 96 was introduced in 1960 as a front drive streamlined styled descendant of the UrSAAB. Proper capitalizing all of the letters in SAAB is well…proper…because it’s
actually an acronym, standing for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget which
translates to Swedish Aeroplane Ltd. The early cars definitely had an
aeronautical aura about them with blunt front, clean fuselages and
teardrop tails. Find this 1966 SAAB 96 2-stroke for sale in Merritt Island, FL currently bidding at $3,140 reserve-not-met on ebay with a buy-it-now of $6,500 with 1 day to go. Update: This was submitted as a tip during the 50 car madness last week and commenter JPB is offering to test drive/inspect this car if necessary. See comment below.
The SAAB 96 is powered by a 2-stroke 841cc 3-cylinder engine that puts out 46 horsepower into a 3 speed manual transmission with freewheel overrunning clutch. This clutch allows the engine revvs to drop when coasting downhill because the two-stroke engine needs the premixed oil in the gas tank to maintain proper lubrication and coasting downhill it would not get enough oil at high revvs. This can be a bit of a surprise to a driver expecting typical engine braking, but otherwise it runs/drives like anything else two-stroke powered from the 1960s.
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