When the Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget began selling cars in addition to their lineup of military aircraft in 1949, the very first model was a goofy-looking machine with a DKW-derived two-stroke two-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. The 92 begat the 93 in 1955, and the 93 led to the 96 (sedan) and 95 (wagon) for 1960. A small but fanatical subset of American car shoppers with a taste for weird European machinery and good snow performance (including the novelist Kurt Vonnegut, who was a Saab dealer
There’s a lot of the old 1950 Saab 92 in the general layout of the 95, but the smokey, chainsaw-sounding two-stroke engines got the axe after 1968. In its place went a Ford-designed V4 four-stroker. The engine and transaxle from this one are long gone, and some junkyard jokester dropped in a cylinder head out of a modern straight-five engine in their place.
The original V4 would have displaced 1.7 liters and was rated at 65 horsepower and 85 pound-feet.
The transmission was a four-speed manual with the shifter mounted on the steering column, called a “four-on-the-tree” rig by Americans (the three-speed version
The MSRP for this car was $3,095, or about $22,362 in 2023 dollars. The 99 started at $3,395 ($24,529 after inflation) for 1973.
The floor in this car was cut out, seemingly long before it arrived here. This car has the look of one that was bought for parts by a Saab restorer and then ditched.
Worth restoring? Not really.
These Saab drivers had to begin driving on the right side of Swedish roads six years after this commercial.
You don’t put the horse behind the cart, do you?
When you’re on a crowded Stockholm streetcar, your best move is to whip out a dial phone from under your coat and order a new Saab 95.