Saab 96 &

Saab 96 &

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The front-wheel-drive Saab 96 made the brand into a rally icon in the 1960s. It succeeded in events as diverse as the Monte Carlo, Britain's RAC rally, special stage events in every Scandinavian country, and the rough-and-tough Spa-Sofia-Liege Marathon. The big change came in 1967, when the 96 became the V4. Works cars continued to be competitive in carefully chosen events for many years, and when they became outdated, the V4's successors a€“ the much larger and more powerful 99 and 99 Turbo types a€“ proved that Saab wasna€™t done with rallying yet. More than any other car of its era, the 96 and V4 models proved that front-wheel-drive allied to true superstar driving could produce victory where no-one expected it.This meant that Group 1 homologation (5000 cars to be built) was easily achieved, and in fact the actual rate of production ... Although this sounds like ( and was) a very creditable power increase, we should remember that the BMC Mini-Cooper (55bhp, ... In one form or another (and by taking every legitimate advantage of allowances and provisions in the FIAa#39;s Appendix J), ... limit as far as cylinder bore dimensions were concerned, but which gave the four-speed manual transmission aanbsp;...

Title:Saab 96 &
Author: Graham Robson
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd - 2010-08-15

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