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Saab 96

Saab 96

It might have been odd to look at, but Saab's quirky 96 was in many respects one Of the most sensible and practical cars of its day. The 96 used aerospace technology and its unusual curved roofline and sloping tail were based on the cockpit of an aircraft. The 96 was also one of the first cars to use a wind tunnel to improve aerodynamic efficiency. Inside, it had plenty of room for four adults, while the characterful two-stroke engine was free-revving and much livelier than the performance figures would suggest. Later models got a V4 engine co-developed with lord, giving the 96 the power its excellent chassis deserved. Thanks to its nimble handling and light kerbweight, the 96 was a successful rally car, winning the Monte Carlo in 1962 and 1963. An estate version, the 95, was also offered for sale by Saab.

Saab 96 Specifications

Top speed:87 mph (141 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):21.2 sec
Engine type:in-line three
Displacement:51 ci (841 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:57 bhp (42kW) at 5,000 rpm
Max torque:68 lb ft (92 Nm) at 3,500 rpm
Weight:1,860 lb (837 kg)
Economy:26 mpg (9.3 km/I)
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