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1964 SAAB 96 Sport Monte Carlo tribute, replica

1964 Saab 96 Sport tribute, replica

Condition: Used
Make: Saab
Model: 96 Sport tribute, replica
Year: 1964
Mileage: 57,500
VIN: 227302
Cylinders: 3
Transmission: Manual
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Northbrook, Illinois, United States

Description for Saab 96 Sport tribute, replica 1964

1964 SAAB 96.

This is a SAAB Sport tribute car (Monte Carlo in the US).

The car belonged to a renowned, Europe-based SAAB restoration shop’s owner. He build it for himself to participate in vintage car events and to enjoy local serpentine roads. The SAAB has proven to be reliable and capable car. The quality of the restoration has stood up very well to the test of time.

Featuring many Sport version’s visual cues (dashboard, steering wheel, hood vents, chrome trim, interior, etc.), this 96 has an 850 cc engine sourced from a “long nose” model. The engine was tuned for moderate and reliable increase in horsepower and a four speed transmission was installed. Tuned ports, tuned carbs and slight increase in compression ratio give this 96 swift acceleration and everyday drivability. It keeps ups easily with modern traffic. Sporty exhaust is louder than stock but remains quiet enough for extended drives. Disc brakes up front provide sure and straight stops. The car uses premix fuel as the US market pump is not present.

Starting with a solid example of Swedish-market “bullnose” car, the shop owner took the body to the bare metal. He incorporated extensive rust protection to avoid having to deal with the rust in the future. Entire car was taken apart to the last nut and bolt and put back together with care, skill and knowledge that only come from working exclusively on vintage SAABs.

Upholstery looks as if it were done yesterday. The original SAAB front seat back frames are modified for safety with build in head rests (high back).

The odometer shows 92K kilometers but the actual mileage since restoration is only a few thousand kilometers.

The 96 was subsequently purchased by a bullnose SAAB enthusiast who continued to use the car in vintage events. During one of the meets, famously “on-the-roof” Erik Carlsson autographed the dashboard.

The new owner installed some period rally accessories: roof-mounted light, co-driver’s map light and Halda Speedpilot rally computer. While functional, these items are not wired in. The car also has later era Bosh driving lights.

I’m the third owner since the restoration. Bullnose SAABs are becoming rare in the States and a lot of bullnose SAABs that can still be found are being shipped back to Sweden to be restored. This is a solid, ready to drive anywhere, nicely restored example.

A small collection of parts is included containing:
  • Brake pads - new in sealed box

  • Rear brake shoes- new

  • Brake cylinders – new in original boxes

  • Brake lines – new in original sealed packaging

  • Tie rod ends – new in original boxes, sealed in plastic bags

  • Cap & rotor – new

  • Ignition wires

  • Accessory belt – SAAB NOS item in a sealed blister pack

  • Air filter – in original box

  • 6 Shock absorbers – 4 front (2 Monroe, 2 KYB) and 2 rear (Monroe)

  • 3 taillight lenses – used in excellent condition (2 rhs, 1 lhs)

  • Performance filter – has paper filter element but may be suitable for K&N ?

  • Front muffler – used in good condition

  • Coolant temp sending unit

  • Spare, used windshield

I’m also including rare brochures: 65 SAAB Sport and SAAB 96, owner’s manual (in Swedish), service booklet, and a copy of owner’s manual of regular 96 in English. Also included is May 1961 issue of Auto Motor und Sport featuring SAAB 96.

Please ask questions before placing bids. Inspections and test drives encouraged.