saab 95

this vehicle represents a time when “foreign cars” really did look foreign. the saab 95 was a 7 passenger wagon built in trollhättan sweden and was a variant of the saab 96. i remember my friend steve lodefink had a pristine white saab 95 a few eons ago that he bought from a homely boeing engineer in seattle…. it was a beautiful looking specimen. i vaguely recall it languishing in a repair shop for a lengthy time after the acquisition…. now that i ponder, i believe it was more of an instance of incompetent mechanics and not a faulty lemonish car, though mr. lodefink would have more to say on that subject .

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3 Responses to “saab 95”

  1. steve Says:

    Ah, yes the 1968 (still had the sheetmetal grille, rather than the later slatted grille ) white 95 with red, gray and plaid interior. I loved that car, but it broke my heart. After a failed transaxle, it refused every ring and pinion transplant that I tried in it. it ate transaxles like potato chips. I finally sold it (in 1998 perhaps ?) when I found the 73 BMW 2002 that is still serving as my daily driver.

    And for the record, the previous owner (original owner) was not homely, but a quite dapper Sigmund Freud looking individual, who sported a white Van Dyke and worked at the airport in a baggage handling capacity.

  2. Don Rouzie Says:

    Love the views out the windshield at the cars adjacent. Good shot of this Saab. I live in Portland now and there’s a guy just east of me on NE Skidmore maybe around 22nd who has two of more Saabs. A 96 sedan painted silver (like from a spray can!) and another under cover. He also has a Sonnet covered up but unmistakable. I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and in 1960 my dad bought a light gray Saab 95 wagon. It had the freewheel feature but it also had this stick down near the throttle where when it was pulled out the freewheeling feature was turned off and it acted like a regular car slowing us down on the hills. The radiator was in the middle of the engine (presumably due to cold Sweden winters) and the distrivutor was right behind the little front grille. There was this chain coming out of the dashboard that when pulled drew a curtain up the inside of the hood blocking rain and snow from coming into the grille and wrecking the distributor – they really needed to move the distributor. It had 3 cylinders and a carburetor for each one! Zoom zoom way before Mazda. It had leaf springs all around and was as tough as a little truck with its rear end jacked up a bit. It had a slot air dam at the top of the rear hatch to direct air over the rear window to keep it clear of dust or whatever. It got great mileage and it came with little cans of oil where we had to add one to each 8 gallons of gas – sounded like a lawnmower/motorcycle. It was a trip until I wrecked it in 1968. My dad had the engine removed, we fiberglassed over the firewall, had a hitch installed and used it as a trailer. Amazing rig.

  3. Don Rouzie Says:

    Correction on my dad’s 1960 Saab wagon: spiral springs all around, not leaf springs.

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