Saab 96 two-stroke Short Nose, 1962

Saab 96
Auction Masters

I traveled to Dalfsen for a very special classic. We are talking about a 96 Saab 1962 two-stroke Short Nose. Special because of the cart, but even more so because of the condition. Now I come across restored classics on a daily basis. Often in this condition too. Rarely is there an enthusiast who brings a relatively simple classic with so much love and attention to detail in this condition. Because of the cost, this is more often reserved for cars from the higher segment. No expense has been spared.

Short Nose

The Saab 96 was introduced in 1960 and remained in production until January 1980. More than half a million copies were built during that period. This was the model that made Saab internationally known. The car was pioneering in its time in terms of safety and achieved many successes in motorsport.

40 year from the first owner

This snow-white beauty is the first series of the model produced for 20 years that went through several changes during its production time. The Short Nose (or Bolneus) version, characterized by the radiator behind the engine, was produced until 1965. But with this dashboard and the three-speed gearbox they were only made for the first three years. This Saab 96 was delivered new in Sweden in 1962 and remained with the first owner for almost forty years before an enthusiast took it over for restoration in Hungary. The owner we interviewed came across the car via via and fell head over heels for the degree of perfection in which the Saab is. But also because of the extensive history of the car and the many original parts that are included. For example, there is an original parking heater (which was an electric engine preheating at the time) and a carburetor heater with the car. Both very rare parts to withstand the harsh Swedish winters.

Like the fire department

We go to the photo location and for that the Saab 96 two-stroke Short Nose is 'turned on'. I hear a perfect moped-like purr and smell old-fashioned mixed lubrication. It sounds nice, but at the same time I don't expect much from the performance of this 750 cc engine with 38 hp (28 kW) and three cylinders. I drive behind the Saab, but am immediately surprised by the acceleration. He really goes “like the fire brigade”! What a nice car. To watch, sit in and ride along. With only three gears, you can almost call this an automatic transmission. And with those cylinders and 750 cc almost modern again.

Also read:
- SAAB 99 GL 5 Speed. Drive with a smile.
- How Saab tamed the turbo
- Saab 96, Aunt Cornely's car
- The SAAB Silver Arrow
- The SAAB 96 "Special", unique Dutch anniversary edition from 1979




Select other newsletters if necessary

We won't send you spam! Read us privacy Policy .


Leave a Reply
  1. Nice article, I've always had a soft spot for the two-stroke.
    I myself had a DKW F1971 two-seater, convertible in 12. Had a great time and got married. No servicing, refueling and oil…
    Whether this would still be appreciated by the “good community” today? Always had a "plume and smell" around it

  2. Have had one, year of construction 1963, at 100000 km crankshaft bearings defective one evening at a Saab dealer via an acquaintance, placed a new crankshaft, ready again after 2 hours of tinkering. Then wait 10 minutes then the snow had melted and you could continue.

  3. Fantastic car to drive/tour with…..drives like a 6 cyl. (3=6)
    this is a 1964 4 gear, slightly quieter!
    And nice all reactions on the way or at the gas station.....

  4. Not a bad word about the beautiful restoration, but I never understood why SAAB, with their flair and ability to build great Mach-2 fighter jets early on, got involved with automotive two-strokes unlike Volvo.

    • Perhaps because the concept of the 2 stroke engine is not so crazy after all.
      In terms of emissions, we look at it differently now, but at the time there were fewer cars and people.

  5. I remember that time with nostalgia. Was 1972 had to do military service had little money bought a Saab 96 from 1965 for fl. 600,00 guilders drove it and maintained it in the car hobby club at the karzerne in Crailo. Fantastic time, especially the separate refueling of petrol plus two-stroke oil back then from Castrol, that specific air still exists today. Blessed. Yes and then riding the freewheel when you had shifted on and off the freewheel oh my God what a time I enjoy now. Thanks for the nice article. Ruud

Give a reaction

The email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

The maximum upload file size: 8 MB. you can upload: image. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here

Now on newsstands

View the nearly forty-page preview at this link or a click on the cover.

The December issue, containing:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super
    Erik van Putten explores the timeless charm of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super, with images of Bart Spijker and himself. The story delves into the world of Alfaenthusiast Koen de Groot, whose family is deeply rooted in the Alfa Romeo culture. Koens' special relationship with his Giulia, a car he has cherished for years and which will soon receive an impressive upgrade, is highlighted. The Giulia symbolizes car love and heritage, a passion enriched by Koen's father Frans, a Alfa Romeo expert and enthusiast.
  • Double Used Type Designations
    Peter Ecury unravels fascinating stories from the automotive world in the 32nd episode of his series on double-used type designations. This edition provides an update on the rumors surrounding Peugeot and Porsche and delves into the history of the type designation '142', used by brands such as Volvo and Austin. Ecury also discusses the evolution of the term 'GT' and the controversial use of the letters 'SS' in car names after WWII, with examples such as the Chevrolet Impala SS and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS.
  • Ducati 750GT, 860GT and 900GTS
    Hans Smid highlights the Ducati round carts, produced from 1972 to 1974, which combine minimalist beauty with unique technology. This article describes Ducati's drive for innovation and the creation of these models, highlights the challenges and costs of collecting them, and shows Ducati's journey from near ruin to iconic status.
  • Horex Imperator
    Marina Block tells the story of the Horex Imperator, an iconic motorcycle from the 50s, known for its sportiness and advanced technology. Despite the closure of the factories, Horex remained known, partly due to the cartoon character Werner and recent reissues. The Imperator, with its innovative parallel twin and overhead camshaft, inspired later designs and has been praised for its quality and design, despite limited sales success.
  • ClassicPost
    Readers of Auto Motor Klassiek share their discoveries and experiences. Eddy Joustra discovers a Peugeot 203 pickup in Heerenveen, while Robert Reessink photographs a unique Moto Guzzi moped in Italy. Stories range from Chris van Haarlem's Scottish scooter adventures to Bram Drooger's discovery of a Rolls-Royce Corniche and two FIAT 850s. Ben de Man finds a special Chevrolet Step-Van in the Netherlands, and readers share corrections and additions to previously published articles.
  • Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo
    Aart van der Haagen reveals the history of a rare Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo, originally registered as a commercial vehicle. The first owner transformed the car into a family-friendly vehicle, and Jan Manenschijn now cherishes this unrestored gem with only 67.000 kilometers on the odometer.
  • Peugeot 205 collection Team VCC Twente
    Aart van der Haagen highlights Team VCC Twente's collecting passion for Peugeot 205 models. Brothers Peter and Niek Olde Veldhuis collected unique examples such as the GTI and CTI, and even a rare 1.9 GTI Dimma. Their collection shows the transformation of a once ordinary model into a special classic.
  • Volvo and Classic Cars
    Alain Pondman from Volvo Lotte speaks about the true value of classic cars. He criticizes the trend of cheap, poorly maintained classics on Marktplaats, emphasizes the importance of making memories with vintage cars, and advises buyers to invest in quality and durability.
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1955 - Second life
    Max de Krijger tells the story of Hendrik Jan Hofman, a passionate Kever restorer. Hofman brought a badly damaged 1955 Beetle back to life with a dedication to perfection and detail. This green Beetle, complete with handmade high chair and open roof, reflects his craftsmanship. Hofman is now considering selling the Beetle to focus on a new project.
  • ClassicPost
    In the KlassiekerPost section of Auto Motor Klassiek enthusiastic readers share their unique finds and personal experiences. Eddy Joustra comes across a rare Peugeot 203 pickup in Heerenveen. Robert Reessink captures a unique Moto Guzzi moped on camera in Italy. Chris van Haarlem shares his Scottish scooter adventures, including an unexpected encounter with an Austin A30 on the Isle of Skye. Bram Drooger spots an elegant Rolls-Royce Corniche and two FIAT 850s. Ben de Man discovers a special Chevrolet Step-Van in the Netherlands. This section illustrates the diversity and deep-rooted passion of classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts, with stories ranging from local discoveries to international treasures. In addition, readers provide valuable corrections and additions to previously published articles, such as PBTM Matthijssen's input on the Ardie/Dürkopp Dianette, which contributes to the rich and versatile content of the magazine.
  • Once again almost twenty pages of short messages about everything that has to do with classics
  • And of course our section 'Classics' where you can shop around in search of your next classic.

The perfect reading material for an evening or more of undisturbed dreaming. It is now in stores. A subscription is of course better, because then you will no longer miss a number and you are also much cheaper. Not bad in these expensive times.

Krauser MKM 1000

Krauser MKM 1000. It's all about the heads

The future of the classic car, training and collaboration

vintage cars. Future, potential and possibilities