SAAB 96 Pictures
  95 Small SAAB logo 97 

The 96 started life in the 1960 model year as a "bullnose" car with a larger rear window than the 93. The 96 first had an 841cc, 38hp three cylinder two stroke engine and four speed transmission. The bullnose SAABs, including the 93's, had the radiator behind the engine and were fitted with a Single Overhead Fanshaft. 1966 saw the introduction of triple carburetors.  In 1967 the 96 was fitted with the 1500cc V4 engine from the 1962 Ford Taunus 12M. In 1968 only 28 cars were sold with the two-stroke unit, as opposed to 30,000 with the V4. The two-stroke was subsequently dropped altogether. 1967 Saab introduced the safety steering column.
In 1962, the Granturismo 750 (known also as the GT850, the Saab Sport in Europe and Montecarlo 850 in the USA), was introduced along with safety belts as standard equipment. Saab produced it's 300,000th car. The 96 remained in production until the 1980 model year and was the basis for the 95, 97 and 98 models. More than 547,000 were sold during its 20-year run.
See 'Model Identification' below.
For 1965, the radiator was moved to the front and the entire car was lengthened in preparation for the new V4 engine. Saab introduced the 99 in 1969, and the two models were briefly available side-by-side in 1980.
This 1970 96 came home to live in Dublin!
1970 SAAB 96 1970 SAAB 96 1970 SAAB 96
It did! It's home! Here's the first part of the story...
SAAB 96 comes home

The rest of the story is not so good - the death of Zippy


Thumbnails: click for full size...

1960's
1960-saab-96-eric-johnson 1960 SAAB 96 GT 750 
1961 SAAB 96 1961 SAAB 96 1961 SAAB 96 1961 SAAB 96 1961 SAAB 96 
 .1962-saab-96.1963-saab-96-gt-750.1963-saab-sport-neil-plucknett 1964 SAAB 96.1964-saab-96-cabriolet
1965-saab-96.1965-saab-96-blu.1965-saab-96-red-waterville 1966 SAAB 96 with sunroof 1966 SAAB 96 with sunroof 1966-saab-96-thor-carlson
.1966-saab-monte-carlo-850 1966-saab-monte-carlo-850-int 1967 SAAB 96 1968-saab-96 1969 SAAB 96 196x-saab-96-blu.
196x-saab-96-int
.196x-saab-96-snow.196x-saab-96-stroker-engine-1 
1970's
1971-saab-96 1972-saab-96-95b.1972-saab-96-grn.1972-saab-96-red.1972-saab-96-wht.
Noddy!  1973-saab-96-yel.1975 SAAB 96 - E-codes 1979 SAAB 96 Akacia Green 
1979-saab-96 197x SAAB 96 Blue 197x-saab-96-chip-lamb 197x-saab-96-red 197x SAAB 96 - Red 
Row of 96's! row-saab-96-lakeplacid
1980 [the last year!]
1980-saab-96
Some old SAAB promotional photos
1964 SAAB 96 Sport 1966 SAAB 96 1966 SAAB 96 1966 SAAB 96 Monte Carlog 1966 SAAB 96 Sport 850 
 1968 SAAB V4 1969 SAAB V4 De-luxe 1969 SAAB V4 De-luxe 1970 SAAB 96 Rallye
These Pix © Martin Bergstrand, Svenska Saabregistret
1960-saab-96.196x-saab-96.196x-saab-96-ragtop-f.196x-saab-96-ragtop-r.196x-saab-96-sport-erik-carlsson.196x-saab-96-stroker-engine-2

 Model Identification - multiple sources - may need corrections!

SAAB 96 Profile
Model
Year
Serial Numbers
Saab 96 (2 Stroke) 1960 100001 - 112500
Saab 96 (2 Stroke) 1961 112501 - 139600
Saab 96 (2 Stroke) 1962 139601 - 168000
Saab 96 (2 Stroke) 1963 168001 - 201400
Saab 96 (2 Stroke) 1964 201401 - 238225
Saab 96 (2 Stroke) 1965 310001 - 349693
Saab 96 (2 Stroke) 1966 370001 - 400750
Saab 96 GT 750 1960 100001-
Saab 96 GT 750 1962 - 159984
Saab Sport 96 1962 159985 - 168000
Saab Sport 96 1963 168001 - 201400
Saab Sport 96 1964 201401 - 238225
Saab Sport 96 1965 310001 - 349693
Monte Carlo 850 1966 370001 - 400750
Monte Carlo 850 1967 420001 - 458526
Monte Carlo V4 1968 470001 - 507018
Saab 96 V4 1967 42001 - 458526
Saab 96 V4 1968 47001 - 507018
Model
Year
Serial Numbers
Saab 96 V4 1969 96.520.001 - 96.552.859
Saab 96 V4 1970 96.560.001 - 96.592.844
Saab 96 V4 (a)
1970 60600001 - 60601540
Saab 96 V4
1971 96.600.001 - 96.627.413
Saab 96 V4 (a)
1971 61600001 - 61602639
Saab 96 V4
1972 96722000001 - 96722021567
Saab 96 V4 (a)
1972 96726000001 - 96726006009
Saab 96 V4
1973 96732000001 - 96732023028
Saab 96 V4 (a)
1973 96736000001 - 96736008344
Saab 96 V4
1974 96742000001 - 96742017275
Saab 96 V4 (a)
1974 96746000001 - 96746005605
Saab 96 V4
1975 96752000001 - 96752015165
Saab 96 V4 (a)
1975 96756000001 - 96756007419
Saab 96 V4 (c)
1975 96752060001 - 96752064517
Saab 96 V4 (a, c)
1975 96753060001 - 96753060550
Saab 96L V4
1976 96762000001 - 96762007239
Saab 96L V4 (b)
1976 96763000001 - 96763001222
Saab 96L V4 (c)
1976 96766000001 - 96766007634
Saab 96L V4 (b, c)
1976 96762001046 - 96762007239
Saab 96L V4 (a)
1977 96772000001 - 96772000439
Saab 96L V4 1977 96773000001 - 96773004539
Saab 96L V4 (c)
1977 96776000001 - 96776003775
Saab 96L V4 (b, c) 1977 96773006001 - 96773009922
Saab 96L V4 (a, c) 1977 96776006001 - 96776009247
Saab 96L V4 (b) 1978 96783000001 - 96783004536
Saab 96L V4 (a) 1978 96786000001 - 96786006138
Saab 96L V4 (b) 1979 96796000001 - 96796010740
Saab 96L V4 (a) 1980 96806000001 - 96806002820
(a) Nystad, Finland assembly line
(b) Arlöv, Sweden assembly line
(c) Mid-year change
 

Ephemera...
1961 SAAB 96 brochure cover 1962 SAAB 96 brochure 1963 SAAB 96 monte carlo ad 1963 SAAB 96 stamp 1967 SAAB 96 brochure  1968 SAAB 96 brochure  1969 SAAB 96 brochure    
1969 SAAB 96 brochure-inside 1969 SAAB 96 brochure  1972-saab-96-95a 1974 SAAB 96 Sketch   
 1964-saab-monte-carlo-ad  1964-saab-monte-carlo-gt  1966-saab-more-zzap-ad 197x-saab-96-text  1969 SAAB 96 brochure-cover
1966-saab-96-engine SAAB 96 Bedkit Option  SAAB 96 Bedkit Option
Wonderful dioramas...
SAAB 96 garage diorama SAAB 96 garage diorama

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