Highlights

  • Rare model with only 196 still recorded on UK roads
  • Featured at a Bicester Heritage Scramble in the centre area
  • High standard re-spray in an evocative retro colour scheme
  • Full underside and bodywork review with no repairs needed

The Appeal

The Saab 96 V4 is a unique piece of automotive history - evocative and eccentric throughout, these beloved cars gained curious eyes and quite some renown for their distinctive design and the robust V4 engine driving the front wheels. They became immediate hits on the rally circuit, and are still highly cherished today. 

This 1972 model has been well maintained and thoroughly inspected - leading to a highly evocative period colour scheme, and an extensive schedule of mechanical work carried out since November 2023. With all of that completed, we're not only faced by a rare car - but perhaps one of the finest examples on the road.

 
 

The History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1972
  • Has had 4 previous registered keepers and was stored for a period by the last owner
  • Purchased in November 2023 as a winter project
  • All MOT certificates dating back to 2004, the original handbook, and various other pieces of history are available
  • The car is MOT exempt and was last tested in 2002
  • The car has been taken on several rallies and featured at the Bicester Heritage Scramble
  • Currently indicates 04,853 miles on a five-figure odometer

 
 

The Condition

  • The car has been stored in a garage under an all-weather cover, which is included with the car
  • The car has been re-sprayed to a high standard
  • Chromework in generally sound order with only light signs of patina
  • Badging is all present and correct
  • Wheels are nicely presented
  • The underside of the car is in very good condition with no need of repair, as confirmed by a full inspection in November
  • The interior is generally good with evocative two-tone brown upholstery
  • The steering wheel could benefit from a repaint or a leather cover
  • The two windscreen pillars and the base of the roof lining near the parcel shelf need attention
  • A complete replacement is needed to properly fix the headlining
  • Carpets are clean and well-presented

 
 

The Mechanics

  • 1498 cc V4 engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • The car reportedly runs well with a distinctive V4 rumble and good brakes
  • The vendor notes that a more modern clutch and a Saab Sonnet gearbox could improve performance in the long term
  • Upon purchase, the car was re-commissioned, including:
    • A carb overhaul
    • New fuel hoses
    • Fuel filter
    • New bulbs
    • Oil service
    • Oil filter
    • Air filter
    • Spark plugs
    • Front brake hoses
    • Brake fluid
    • Coolant
    • Exhaust rubbers
    • New handbrake boot
  • The gear change linkage has been adjusted for improved smoothness
  • We're informed that the car is driving as expected with no mechanical faults

 

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Auction FAQs
Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Saab
  • Model 96
  • Colour Beige
  • Odometer 104,853 Miles
  • Engine size 1498
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bicester
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom