RE: Saab 95 V4: Spotted

Saturday 1st December

Saab 95 V4: Spotted

The super Swedish estate is usually associated with Volvo - not this one!



Though it's been a good few years since Saab shut up shop - despite NEVS doing its best to electrify an old 9-3 - the fact that we're unlikely to see new Saab cars on the roads ever again is still an upsetting one. So, if we're to get some four-wheeled Swedish kicks, we'll have to turn our attention to old ones, and no old Saab seems more attention-grabbing than this tango orange 1974 95 V4.

First launched in 1959, the 95 was Saab's answer to the Volvo Duett - although perhaps not quite as big. The 95 does have seven-seats, though, which instantly makes it a much cooler way of transporting lots of people than the current crop seven-seat SUVs on-sale today. Especially as the two rearmost passengers will be facing the following traffic, providing endless hours of entertainment for cheeky children.


A wheezy little three-cylinder, two-stroke engine initially powered the 95, which produced nearly 40hp. You'd think this would make it rather slow, and you'd be right. But there were some benefits to running a two-stroke, particularly during the harsh winters in Sweden. Firstly, there was no chance of your oil going gloopy and causing issues during cold starting since the lubricating oil is mixed in with your petrol. And secondly, there wasn't quite so much maintenance to do.

However, a two-stroke engine requires you to put in the correct ratio of oil to fuel: too much oil and it smokes terribly, too little, and you seize the engine. Plus, the emissions of such a motor are awful - just imagine how bad the Eastern-Bloc was when all they had were Trabbies and Wartburgs farting out toxic fumes. Saab solved the problem in 1967 when it put a four-stroke Ford V4 into the 95 - thus creating the 95 V4 which we've Spotted today.

With a little tuning - Saab did boast a solid reputation in motorsport, after all - power leapt up to a mighty 65hp and made the slow Saab a little less lethargic. This 95 has been further breathed on, too, and is apparently running a turbo, electronic fuel injection and an uprated gearbox to cope with the dizzying 120hp the advert claims the modifications have unshackled.


The car has had some restoration work carried out to and it certainly does look the part. It's also been modified (I believe that qualifies it as a restomod) and uses air-ride to give it the 'stanced' look when parked up. The advert mentions that the car has been to numerous shows and a quick Google confirms this, pulling up plenty of Pinterest entries as well.

So, we return to the earlier quandary of not seeing any new Saabs in the public domain. By buying this one you'll not be keeping Saabs both on the roads, but in our browsers as well, and likely having a lot of fun in the process. A truly splendid way of keeping the name alive.


SPECIFICATION - SAAB 95 V4
Engine:
1,698cc, four-cylinder, n/a
Transmission: 4-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 65@ 4,700rpm
Torque (lb ft): 85@ 2,500rpm
MPG: Uses plenty of petrol
CO2: Who knows
First registered: 1974
Recorded mileage: 83,000miles
Price new: Before my time
Yours for: £16,995

See the full ad

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Esceptico

Original Poster:

1,518 posts

45 months

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No idea whether the price is good or bad for such a thing but looks pretty cool to me.

berlintaxi

7,504 posts

109 months

Saturday 1st December
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Much want.

Ahbefive

11,345 posts

108 months

Saturday 1st December
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Zero want but it does look cool.

fathomfive

8,881 posts

126 months

Saturday 1st December
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What an absolutely ace looking thing.

SS2.

10,850 posts

174 months

Saturday 1st December
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My dad had one of these when I was a nipper - some sort of mustard yellow in colour. I can remember us kids arguing over whose turn it was to sit in the rear facing 'dickie seats'.

Proper retro-cool.. smokin
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toppstuff

12,157 posts

183 months

Saturday 1st December
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It’s a very nice thing but the whole “stance” malarkey would have to be binned.

It is an absurd addition. Some restorers need saving from themselves and their daft ideas.

rog007

4,885 posts

160 months

Saturday 1st December
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Had a 96 V4 when first learned to drive. Quirky and cool. Clutch died and couldn’t afford to change it so limped to a scrap yard and left it there and got the bus home.

JMF894

2,661 posts

91 months

Saturday 1st December
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Lovely but I would suggest the price is optimistic.


FN2TypeR

5,765 posts

29 months

Saturday 1st December
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Cool AF cool

edwheels

121 posts

82 months

Saturday 1st December
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toppstuff said:
It’s a very nice thing but the whole “stance” malarkey would have to be binned.

It is an absurd addition. Some restorers need saving from themselves and their daft ideas.
Yes - totally agree. The car looks absolutely great - apart from the 'stance' thing... It basically looks like the suspension has collapsed. The last pic in the ad shows the ride at normal height - it just looks so much better to me - i.e. like a car which can be driven and enjoyed.

Guess I don't get it, and never will, but very lowered cars - and especially slammed ones like this (is that even the term for one like this?) don't look like usable cars any more... At least this one can be adjusted to a normal height as shown in the advert - please pardon my lack of knowledge here, but would it stay like that (i.e. normal height) when the engine is switched off?

Pericoloso

36,903 posts

99 months

Saturday 1st December
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berlintaxi said:
Much want.
You'll change your mind when you try driving it ,awful column change.

Possibly the last car in production ,up to 1980, to have such a feature

bobbo89

2,381 posts

81 months

Saturday 1st December
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edwheels said:
Yes - totally agree. The car looks absolutely great - apart from the 'stance' thing... It basically looks like the suspension has collapsed. The last pic in the ad shows the ride at normal height - it just looks so much better to me - i.e. like a car which can be driven and enjoyed.

Guess I don't get it, and never will, but very lowered cars - and especially slammed ones like this (is that even the term for one like this?) don't look like usable cars any more... At least this one can be adjusted to a normal height as shown in the advert - please pardon my lack of knowledge here, but would it stay like that (i.e. normal height) when the engine is switched off?
Yes, it's on air bags so it can be adjusted to sit at and drive at any height you want within its range.

Also, it's not stanced its just on air bags, quite a few cars come out of the factory with air bags and so it's nothing mad or crazy, quite practical actually!

Turbobanana

1,181 posts

137 months

Saturday 1st December
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Pericoloso said:
Possibly the last car in production ,up to 1980, to have such a feature
Renault 16 made it to 1980 too.

Why does PH persist with the mockery of anything with less than about 300bhp? These have proper motorsports heritage that should be celebrated: how many Monte Carlo Rallies has an M5 won?

AMGSee55

74 posts

38 months

Saturday 1st December
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Loving this! How very cool and with modern performance too. Well done to PH for featuring stuff like this - obviously it’s a minority interest, but a welcome contrast to articles on yet another new GTSM9- RSport something or other.

edwheels

121 posts

82 months

Saturday 1st December
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bobbo89 said:
Yes, it's on air bags so it can be adjusted to sit at and drive at any height you want within its range.

Also, it's not stanced its just on air bags, quite a few cars come out of the factory with air bags and so it's nothing mad or crazy, quite practical actually!
Thanks for the info... clears it all up bit.... I personally think it looks a bit silly when lowered as much as it has been in the photos (I wouldn't have made all the pics except 1 of them with it looking like that) but I concede it doesn't really matter given it can be parked and driven at normal heights... I can see the practicality of raising the height occasionally... lowering it though? I guess for cleaning the roof?

On the rest of the car - such a nice example... I also remember, as a kid, travelling with other annoying kids in the rear facing seat in the boot of a mate's Dad's brand new example of this SAAB - such fun... not so much for the drivers following us....! The styling of the rear lights as well - always looked fantastic back then - futuristic. It was so much more interesting than the Ford Cortinas, Morris Marinas and Austin Maxis of the others Dads in our road!

406dogvan

5,294 posts

201 months

Saturday 1st December
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Much want - bit pricey tho - still much want.

I find myself drawn more to cars I once didn't have any interest in - simply because they're simple, quirky and uncommon.

BXes - I HATED BXes in period but the rare times I see one now I think "that looks amazing" (there was a 16v on C&C recently for £3kish - probably the last relatively cheap one!)

I even saw a Triumph Acclaim recently (complete with slot-mags and highly illegal tyre size!) and thought "that's actually quite cool"

I'm getting old, hey ho

Pericoloso

36,903 posts

99 months

Saturday 1st December
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Those colour matched valve covers are cool too,nothing like what SAAB or Ford supplied originally.

Dapster

2,806 posts

116 months

Saturday 1st December
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Turbobanana said:
Pericoloso said:
Possibly the last car in production ,up to 1980, to have such a feature
Renault 16 made it to 1980 too.

You could order a Mercedes W124 with a column change right up to 1996 - mainly an option taken up on the taxi spec where space between the seats was useful for other stuff but available none the less.


wormus

9,747 posts

139 months

Saturday 1st December
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AMGSee55 said:
Loving this! How very cool and with modern performance too. Well done to PH for featuring stuff like this - obviously it’s a minority interest, but a welcome contrast to articles on yet another new GTSM9- RSport something or other.
+1. Really missing Saab. Such quirky, well engineered & cool cars.

AshD

73 posts

185 months

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Errr, it’s stretching it a bit, but Tesla’s have column change.