The SAAB 96 is a slow car, with 60mph achieved in a sundial stopwatch friendly 15 seconds…or more. Don’t make the
mistake of confusing slow with un-fun, as a SAAB 96 is not a Prius-like
appliance and will provide a thrill a minute, like merging on a major highway for instance. Another example is cruising down hill,
for example. In a fancy car like a 911 it is a simple choice of which gear to select
for engine braking, but the 96 uses a freewheel clutch designed to
prolong the life of the previously fitted 2-stroke engine and it lets
the car cruise down a hill while the engine settles to a peaceful idle.
Need to pick up speed, just mash the gas and a few minutes later the engine revs
match trans speed the power gets put to the wheels. Want engine
braking — just hit a floor mounted switch and the trans gets
engaged. If this seems like your idea of fun you can pickup this 1972 Saab 96 V4 for $3750 in Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The Saab 96 isn’t just fun on the surface, it consists of layers of fun, like the automotive equivalent of an onion. Accordingly, it will often make you cry and other people will say it stinks. Don’t listen to those people, they are not your friends and wouldn’t have your back if you went to prison together. A fellow Saab enthusiast, on the other hand, will tell you how cool your car is when a wheel falls off and rolls through his front window. The Saab dude will also take a shiv for you and help smuggle a few spare ignition relays into the big house in his cornhole after a work release week…those Saab naysayers, will probably tell the police about your plan to smuggle stuff in your cornhole in a feeble attempt to get time off for good behavior. A Saab blinker stalk makes a great shiv if you need to get even with them.
Under the forward hinged hood is a Ford Taunus sourced
compact V4 engine good for 65 horsepower that might propel the 96 to a theoretical top speed of over 90mph. There is a good chance you will run out of road (or guts) before you run out of revvs, but someone is going to have fun along the way.
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