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1963 SAAB 96 Rally Car

Posted by WindingRoad about 1 year, 1 month ago

Location: Dallas, Texas


This 1963 SAAB 96 was acquired by the seller from a friend in 2007 as a non-running project and has since been transformed for stage rally competition. The car is powered by a tuned 900cc 2-stroke triple with a modified Monte Carlo cylinder head as well as ignition and fueling upgrades. Additional modifications include a full DOM welded cage, suspension reinforcements, Recaro seats, triple EGT gauge, an early Terratrip computer, and a suite of Cibie rally lights. Additional development details are provided on this forum thread and subsequent rally footage is included below. This 96 is sold with numerous extra parts, a Rally America log book, and a clean Texas title.

The car was located in Louisiana as a non-running project before it was brought to Texas, and is shown as acquired by the seller in the gallery below. Body repairs included rust removal and re-chroming of the front bumper. The car was resprayed factory white several decades ago and the current paint shows plenty of wear and abuse. A Saab factory roof rack and mud flaps are equipped along with eye-bolt front and rear tow loops

Black-painted 15×4″ steel wheels are equipped with Mickey Thompson E78-15 Mini-Mag tires. Front disc brakes and a dual-circuit master cylinder from a 1973 Sonnet join the factory rear drum brakes. Lighting is from vintage convex Cibie headlights as well as Super Oscar auxiliary lights on the front bumper and driver-side rear.

The interior was stripped and fitted with a DOM ( Drawn Over Mandrell) welded roll cage with an additional dash bar. The stock seat mounts were cut out and 2×2″ tubing was installed from rocker to rocker to support the Recaro racing seats, which wear out-of-date 5-point harnesses according to the seller.

The wiring system was revised with a refurbished 1963 harness and a 1966 turn signal switch/dashboard. Instruments from a 1967 Monte Carlo are joined by a Westach triple EGT gauge, a functional Soviet MiG ACS-1 clock/stopwatch, and an intermittently-working early Terratrip computer. Total chassis mileage is unknown.

Power is from a 1967 triple rebuilt / ported as a Stage Three 900cc by Bud Clark of Orange, California with a counterweighted Monte Carlo crank, Wiseco pistons, and a Monte Carlo cylinder head adapted for standard spark plugs. The longer dimensions of the engine block required custom fitment of the grille “windowshade” box. Power is sent to the front wheels through a lightened flywheel and a column-shifted 4-speed manual transmission with a later ribbed case.

A 40mm Weber downdraft carburetor is mounted on a custom adapter plate for improved porting, and its accelerator pump is linked to the choke cable for cold starts. Exhaust modifications include a ceramic-coated XP Racing expansion chamber and a cutout for quiet transits. An alternator conversion was mounted with custom and factory brackets, and twin Bosch coils are equipped as well as a Pertronix ignition. A remote electric fan was installed in place of the stock shaft-driven setup. The engine currently runs 116-octane fuel with premixed Redline two-stroke oil from dual fuel tanks, and is said to have less than 100 miles since the build.

Floor rust areas were patched before adding a second skin between the engine compartment and seats. Rocker sections were cut out and 2×2″ square tubing was welded in. The seller notes that some rust remains in the floors, inner fenders, trunk, and sills. Suspension modifications include reinforced rear pickup points, front towers, and arms as well as Bilstein shocks at all four corners. A custom aluminum skid plate was also fitted.

The car was raced in the Paris, Texas Rally several times and twice at the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Missouri, with an engine failure at the second running resulting in the build of the current powerplant. Two additional competition videos are provided .

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