Thursday, August 13, 2015

Smurf Wagon: 1970 Saab 95 V4

The Saab 95 wagon (1959-1978) is one of the best seat-to-door ratios you can get in a vintage car this side of an old school bus.  The 95 was always equipped with rear facing seats to allow a total of 7 human beings the chance to ride around, albeit slowly, in a Scandinavian front driver.  Today's 95 is a smurf blue survivor -- find this 1970 Saab 95 V4 wagon offered for $2,800 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

Kaibeezy sent this one in with the following all caps initialism (not an acronym):
IISLTIPWBATSMFBAOT...which apparently means: if i still lived there i probably wouldn't be able to stop myself from being all over this.  I can't argue with that.

The SAAB 95 is powered by a V4 engine taken from the Ford Taunus and its the same 1.4 liter 55 horsepower 95 ft-lbs of torque engine that powers the (later 4-stroke) 96 and Sonett.  It puts that power to the front wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission (with the funky freewheeling action from the 2-stroke engine version) and is the reason these cars are better known for Rallye than for anything on the tarmac - the front wheels help pull the car around in low grip environments.

On the inside you'll find 5 forward facing seats (2 up front, 3 more in the back) and a final 2 bonus seats facing out the rear.  These are the seats that if you put even the most introverted kid in the back, he/she will start waving at total strangers, who will wave back without fail.

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  1. Ah, now we're approaching the top of my automotive bucket-list, for some reason, and the price on this one is good. Timing's still wrong for me, though, no way I can justify another car around here right now.

    They're not fast, they're quite comfortable for their size, useful, yadda yadda yadda.

    His door cards and etc. suck, though.

    I believe you'll find they're all 1.7L, not 1.4.

  2. a V8 swap would make it fast................. 2 stroke V8 swap

    Evinrude 2 Stroke V* into Volvo Amazon

    1. I'd think that the Katech V4 would be the optimal engine for a Saab 95/96, but you'd need a transaxle that could handle it and a helical LSD in the diff.

      These were developed for a bike application, but Katech doesn't seem to have them on their website as an over-the-counter crate motor at this point.


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