The Saab 96, with a four-cylinder, four-stroke engine, was introduced on Aug. 2, 1967.
Saab's technically advanced and long-lived 96 was introduced in 1960, replacing the 93, and featured a two-stroke, three-cylinder engine, bigger and more easily accessible storage space and a larger rear window.
The strong, aerodynamic body featured reinforced crash pillars and pioneered the use of many safety features, including a dual circuit-braking system and collapsible steering column.
The car sold well initially, but shortcomings with the two-stroke technology led to a steady decline in the 96's popularity. Owners had to mix gasoline with oil. In 1967, Saab retooled the car using a Ford V-4.
The small V-4 motor, built in Europe, produced 65 hp and boosted the 96's top speed to an impressive 90 mph, with a 0 to 60 time of 16.6 seconds.
The 96's interior was simple and functional, with a column-change manual gearbox. A De Luxe model was added to the lineup in 1968, along with a wagon badged as the 95.
While it was originally planned as a stopgap until the Saab 99 arrived, the 96 remained in production until 1979. The final batch of 300 cars were all sold in Aquamarine.
Today, collectors covet early models with chrome grilles.
Did you know? The Ford V-4 engine that Saab installed in the 96 was used in the very first Mustang concept vehicle, the 1962 Mustang 1.