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A Saab Enthusiast’s 1962 Saab 96 Barn Find

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by .


Photo Credit: Charles Gould

Saab enthusiast, Charles Gould has recently written a rather detailed account of his “barn find” acquisition of a 1962 Saab 96.

Below is the first chapter of this incredible story.

Another Saab Story- Barn Find 1962 Saab Model 96!

Written by Charles Gould
Photos by Gabriele Isenbrand
Chapter One

I received the Craigslist ad from a friend on Friday night, even before I saw it on the Vintage Saab list, where it had also been posted. The ad said that the 1962 Saab, had been parked in this garage by a little old lady in 1978, and that it had sat there ever since. The ad confessed that the engine was stuck, and that the rest of the car’s condition was unknown, but the photos made it look fairly derelict, with all of the dust and debris which had collected on it for those thirty-three years.

Everyone on the Vintage Saab list had speculated that thirty-three years in a dark, damp New Jersey garage could not have done it well, and that between the salt air, and the obvious mice infestation, it was probably a fairly rusty candidate for restoration.

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SAAB 96 Electric Vehicle Owner Contacts Saab History

Posted on 05. Aug, 2009 by .


Saab Enthusiast, Brandon Hollinger of Pennsylvania that I wrote about back in June, has contacted Saab History and provided us a nice little video and information about his SAAB 96 EV project as well as what inspired him!

It’s great to see a Saab Enthusiast like Brandon launch this project by seeing another person’s EV project here on Saab History! I am very happy to see another SAAB 96 saved by their owner, not ending up in a scrap heap, and now quite possibly getting better energy efficiency than many modern Saabs to this day! It’s this kind of ingenuity that inspires us to follow Saab Automobile’s vehicles. It’s almost like with all of the engineering that went into them at a given time, we feel that we can’t let that go to waste, and some of us even take it a step further and improve and modernize it themselves!

I just saw my story on saab history. you have a great great site! i’ve visited it many times over the past year to gain knowledge about all the various saab models – especially christen johansen’s. i’ve been in touch with him often and he’s shared some of his experience with me. i pursued that connection because of your website! i actually had already decided to convert the saab 96 and then i actually saw his. really odd coincidence. in terms of saabs, i only know of the 4 conversions you have listed on your site and one other 900 on youtube. oh and there’s a sonett EV in oregon but i don’t know where he got it.

thanks for providing a great website,


1970 saab 96 EV (daily driver)
1989 saab 900 turbo
1984 saab 900 turbo – deceased

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SAAB 96 Television Ad “The Wheel” – 1960

Posted on 09. Jul, 2009 by .


Saab Automobile AB, is now officially following Saab History, or should I say Saabvideos original vision back in 2005, to promote Saab’s great history through video.

This television ad features the SAAB 96, titled “the wheel” using the basis of SAAB’s legendary front-wheel drive focus with this new model that went on to have the longest production lifetime ever of 20 years. A great ad and a first for many of who have never seen this before, myself included.

I have added this video to the Saab History video archive, now at 479 videos!

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A Rare Vintage SAAB 96 Television Ad – 1960

Posted on 28. Jun, 2009 by .


Saab History has recently received yet another incredible television ad. This ad, produced by SAAB-ANA, features the first year for the SAAB 96 in 1960.

This video is included in the permanent collection of the Saab History video archive, now totalling 477!

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The SAAB 96 MC850 : 1966-1967

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: William ‘Chip’ Lamb

The SAAB 96 Monte-Carlo 850 (MC850) was created in 1966 and 1967 to show homage to Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss for their victorious rallying circuits they won at the Monte Carlo rallies and the incredible press they provided to SAAB.

The SAAB 96 MC850 had a sport chassis and an 850cc engine as well as other appointments.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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The SAAB 96 : 1960 – 1980

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The SAAB 96 debuted in 1960 as a successor to the 93F.

The 96 was made famous by notable legendary Saab Rally Champions Erik “On The Roof” Carlsson as well as his wife, Pat Moss.

The 96 was built in the Trollhättan, Sweden factory due to capacity in and the V4 models began production in Uusikaupunki, Finland factory.

This model had the longest run of any Saab in history at 20 years, where it went until 1966 when it was converted into model equipped with a V4 engine in 1967 that carried it all the way until 1980.

On the 8th of January, 1980 the last Saab 96V4 rolled off the production line in Finland. The last 96V4 off the production line was driven by rally legend Erik Carlsson from Finland direct to the Saab Museum at Trollhättan where it is on display today.

This new model for SAAB and came equipped with the following specifications.

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A Film By Saab Sweden on Erik Carlsson’s Rally History

Posted on 29. Jul, 2008 by .


film.jpg I have just received another film from the former New England Saab Association secretary, this time a bit longer than the previous film .
This film, complete with narration and produced by SAAB SWEDEN in 1964, features Erik Carlsson in the entire Monte-Carlo Rally, footage of the SAAB ANA testing and competition facility as well as brief clips of the Safari, Tulip, Polish and RAC Rallies.
Erik Carlsson as well as his co-pilot, Gunnar Palm, were both present at the 2007 60th Anniversary Saab Festival dinner that took place in Trollhättan, Sweden last summer.
If you are interested Saab’s world rewknowned rally legend Erik Carlsson or Saab Rallying in general, please sit back, relax and enjoy the nearly 45 minutes worth of vintage rally footage in none other than the legendary SAAB 96.

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Saab Rally Driver Profile – Erik Carlsson

Posted on 28. Jul, 2008 by .


Erik “pÃ¥ taket” Carlsson, or “pÃ¥ taket” in Swedish meaning “on the roof”, was born March 5, 1929 in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The nickname On the roof, apparently originated by from the children’s book, “Karlsson pÃ¥ taket” by Astrid Lindgren. In this book,the Karlsson character lived on the roof of an apartment building. This “on the roof” name was given to Erik Carlsson because he had the infrequent habit of rolling his Saab rally car on its roof.

Erik joined SAAB as a rally driver, just after the first SAAB 92 model was produced and participated in his first rally with it, the Rikspokalen in 1955. Carlsson, married to Pat Moss on March 3rd, 1963, began a relationship that expanded well beyond the homefront. Patt Moss, a younger sister of legendary rally driver, Stirling Moss eventually became Erik Carlsson’s co-pilot through most of his successful rally career.

The early SAABs that Erik Carlsson drove were significantly underutilized two-stroke vehicles that required the driver to keep the high revolutions up while moving, which meant high speeds at all times. When driving these “strokers” at high speeds at all times, Erik Carlsson developed what was called “left foot” braking where you use your left foot to brake while in the same instance, your right foot to maintain the speed at all times.

While Erik Carlsson maintained 1st place in most of his rally circuits, the most notable rally he participated in was the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally where he was victorious.

The year following this victory, both Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss wrote a book called “The Art & Technique of Driving”.

The most recent book on Erik Carlsson’s career was published in 1999, titled “Mr. Saab”. The Mr Saab title was given to Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson by Saab Automobile as he ended his rally career to continue a public relations career for the Swedish car company.

Today, Erik Carlsson has been known to make appearances at various Saab Festivals and Saab Conventions all over the world, and with any luck maybe you will get a chance to meet this legendary Saab rally champion to thank him for all of the recognition, attention and history he has brought to the Saab Automobile brand ever since.

I leave you with his list of lifetime rally achievements.

Erik Carlsson – Lifetime Highlights
Year Rally Finish Car Co-driver
1955 Rikspokalen 1st Saab 92
1957 1000 Lakes 1st Saab 93  
1959 Swedish Rally 1st Saab 93
1959 German Rally 1st Saab 93
1960 RAC Rally 1st Saab 96  
  Akropolis Rally 2nd Saab 96
1961 Monte Carlo Rally 4th Saab 96  
  RAC Rally 1st Saab 96
  Akropolis Rally 1st Saab 96  
1962 RAC Rally 1st Saab 96
  Monte Carlo Rally 1st Saab 96  
  East African Safari Rally 7th Saab 96
1963 Monte Carlo Rally 1st Saab 96  
  Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally 2nd Saab 96
1964 Monte Carlo Rally 1st Saab 96 Sport  
  San Remo Rally 1st Saab 96 Sport  
  Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally 2nd Saab 96 Sport
  East African Safari Rally 1st Saab 96 Sport  
1965 BP Australian Rally 2nd Saab 96 Sport
1966 Coupe De Alpes Rally Last Saab Sonett II  
  Akropolis Rally 2nd Saab 96 Sport  
1967 Czech Rally 1st Saab 96 V4
1969 Baja 1000 3rd Saab 96 V4  
1970 Baja 1000 5th Saab 96 V4

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