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1973 Saab 96
This 1973 Saab 96 is a well-presented classic which shows a low mileage and a period colour combination. Power is supplied by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre V4 engine which outputs 48kW (64hp) to the front wheels. This car comes equipped with a three-speed manual transmission. The odometer currently displays 34,944km.
The Saab 96 is a practical two-door passenger vehicle which replaced the earlier 93 with more aerodynamic bodywork, better practicality, and a new V4 engine. The Saab 96 was built from 1960 until 1980 and although it started life with a two-stroke, three-cylinder engine, the later V4 engine is where the story lies. A small subset of Saab engineers were keen to introduce more power to the Saab 96 and formed a secret project to source a four-cylinder engine as the Saab CEO at the time forbid it. Engineers tested four-cylinder engines by Lancia, Ford, Volvo, and Triumph before deciding the Ford engine made the most practical and reliable sense. Testing continued offsite with a prototype-engine 96 right up until the car was due to go to production and the boss finally found out after it was too late to stop. The Saab 96 was manufactured for a further 13 years and was even raced in rallies by Erik Carlsson.
Painted Amber Yellow on the outside and featuring a beige and brown vinyl/fabric interior, this Saab 96’s specification is period perfect. The car features no overt aftermarket modification. It rides on a set of 15-inch Saab-branded hubcaps with Hankook tyres.
This left-hand-drive car was built in Trollhättan, Sweden and delivered new to The Netherlands. It was then imported to New Zealand by a previous owner and maintained regularly. The car was imported to Australia by its current owner.
Exterior presentation shows in good order for a vehicle of its age, and it is just beginning to develop subtle patina. The paintwork appears without major flaws and reflects nicely in the light. No dents or scuffs are seen in the panel work. The car does show light paint bubbling around the left-hand-side C-pillar, while small stone chips are seen on the front end. Elements of surface oxidation are identified on the bumper and undercarriage. Finer points of patina are noticeable on badgework, silver trim, and light lenses. All four wheels display without kerb rash and tyres retain a good level of tread.
Inside the cabin this car presents in fine condition. The seat upholstery shows no stains or tears, and dash trims are unmarked of damage. Paint flake is seen around the steering column and handbrake lever. Carpeting appears in good order and the rear bench sits in-tact with good shape.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number. It is not recorded as written off or stolen.
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