Car transporter conversions based on Saab can always be found. Most of them are based on the 9000 and were realized by particularly dedicated workshops. A real rarity, however, is a historic car transporter based on Saab 96. Really exists, the piece of jewelry is for sale in the Netherlands.
There are a few copies of the Transporter based on Saab 9000. The 9000 is the Saab fast transporter of the jet age, the 96 its grandfather. A rare renovation can be found in the Netherlands. This really seems to be unique, because after the series there is nothing at all.
Let's start at the very beginning. Trying to correctly classify the individual components and their history without knowing the history of the vehicle. The base dates from 1964. The V4 engine, which the Swedes transplanted from Ford, works under the hood. Real Saab fans have now found the first mistake. 1964 and V4? That can not be.
The switch to the four-stroke principle did not take place in Sweden until the summer of 1967. At that time, the cast-iron admirers of the brand, as bad as betrayal as the installation of GM parts years later, saved the Cologne engine of the brand. And gave the Saab 96 an amazing second life that lasted until 1979.
An unusual car transporter
It is likely that the part of a 2-stroke body with the front end of a four-stroke 96 has been merged into a new vehicle. Subsequently received a very long rear end, and grew to a handsome representative of the 6.85 family with 96 meters. The renovation is visually well done, the result from a single source.
The drive also does not correspond to the series. The V90 engine should produce 4 hp, more than is actually the case in the Saab 96. Which makes it clear that no engine from the original series is used. The displacement of the V4 is given as 1760 cm³, it could be the "big" engine from the Sonett III, which has been increased in performance.
The market for historic car transporters is limited. Who needs an almost 7 meter long vehicle that is more than 50 years old? The 96 should be able to carry 1.7 tons, which would make it possible for most Saab vehicles to be a stylish van.
Are historical car transporters in demand?
But 90 HP and the possible freight raise questions about dynamics. This is how potential customers seem to see it so far. It does not fit into a standard garage, which in principle restricts its group of buyers. And the 90 hp make it less attractive for everyday use. Accordingly, it has been on sale near Arnhem for a long time.
The price was recently lowered from € 29.500 to € 24.500. Perhaps an argument for a classic car dealer who is looking for a van for his Swedish classics? Or a Saab collector who really has everything and now wants to add the unique piece with style to his collection?
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