Saab was quite prominent in manufacturing some of the wackiest automobiles of the 20th century, as much as it is currently notorious for not building any cars at all.

The creation of Saab was in the 1930s, when a new world conflict was imminent. Politicians in neutral Sweden intended to establish an airforce based on home manufacture. Aviation was the way of the future.

Saab's purpose was to design and produce military aircraft. During the Cold War, the government utilized Saab goods to build up the Swedish Air Force, which grew to be one of the world's largest.

In 1945, Saab created an automobile firm and began building tiny vehicles. The Saab 92, was the first production model that got introduced in 1949. Thanks to the combination of the leading corporation (Saab) and Scania-Vabis in 1968, the Saab 900 got launched ten years later, ultimately becoming Saab's best-selling model.

They then built the Saab 95 from 1959 until 1978. It's a seven-seater, two-door station wagon. Initially, the engineers based it on the Saab 93 sedan, but the model's evolution over the years followed closely that of the Saab 96.

That said, here’s what we love about the 1971 Saab 95 Wagon

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The 1971 Saab 95 Wagon Is A Rare Item

Black 1971 Saab 95 wagon
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The 95 Saab wasn't very popular compared to the 96 Saab; many people don't know about it. It's essentially a 96 Saab, but instead of the lovely slight airplane-without-wings appearance of the 96, the 95’s long roof gained squared-off rear sides and a rear-facing third-row seat.

The early 95s, like its sedan counterparts, had a three-cylinder two-stroke engine. Despite their small weight, most two-stroke Saabs took roughly 24 seconds to accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour. The vehicle had a horsepower rating of 55, 60, or 65. Acceleration in a 95 wagon with seven Swedes may have been as awful as a VW Type 2.

These cars possessed fins, which was a unique feature. For the period, these were pretty subtle fins. The Saab fins remained on 95s until their manufacture ended in 1978. The 95 and 96 were lovely, small light automobiles with a 98.4-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 169.3 inches, and although the vehicle featured seven seats, it was quite uncommon for seven people to sit in it all at once. They might be rather zippy under typical situations with a skilled driver on board.

Saabs of that era, like Volvos, were considerably different from most automobiles in the United States at the time. Ford LTD, Plymouth Fury IIIs, and Chevrolet Caprice Estates were the most popular choices.

The Saab 96

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The Saab 96 was the car that catapulted Saab to international notoriety, both in terms of sales and on rally circuits. The 96 was the vehicle that placed Saab in the international spotlight as one of Europe's quirkier but superb manufacturers when released in 1960 and stayed in production until 1980.

Saab decided to make an improvement for 96; they upgraded the iconic two-stroke engine to a 65bhp 1498cc V4, and front disc brakes came as a standard. After that, the only significant improvements were a modified dashboard in 1971, the insertion of impact-absorbing bumpers in 1975, and a peaceful run through 1980 before it came to an end. The initial V4 engines generated 55bhp and 65bhp from 1967-to 1980. The automobile accomplished 0–60mph in 16 seconds.

The Saab 96 has an illustrious racing history; it was its first Swedish rally car. Saab won 96 rally races throughout the world in the early 1960s, with Erik Carlsson "Carlsson on the Roof" as its most successful driver. Erik won the Monte Carlo rally from 1962 to 1963 and the RAC rally from 1960 to 1963 with his Saab 96.

The two-stroke vehicles are the oldest and purest of the lot, and they're hard to come by. In terms of performance, spare parts availability, and general usage, V4 automobiles are more common and practical. Given the lack of automobiles these days, prices are still pretty affordable.

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The Fall Of Saab Automobile

1959 Saab 95 Wagon
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The most significant troubles for Saab began in the early 2000s, when General Motors elected to transition from a minority investor to a dominant shareholder. GM was able to turn Saab into an owned subsidiary by buying the remaining shares of the Swedish manufacturer. They then began presenting Saab's engineers with some of their designs. This partnership didn't go so well.

GM sought to convince Saab to adapt Vauxhall designs into their line. The trouble was that Saab executives and engineers considered Vauxhall's technology was insufficient, especially in terms of safety.

GM obliged Saab to take the Vauxhall Vectra and make modest aesthetic alterations to the logo and body. But then Saab changed almost everything to ensure that the automobile would be one of the safest on the road. They added their own navigation/entertainment system. This situation again brought conflict to their partnership.

After that, there came the financial crisis of 2007-08. This crisis affected every car manufacturer; it also affected GM and Saab. The situation had grown so severe that General Motors decided to pull the plug on Saab and sold it to the highest bidder.

A Chinese entrepreneur wanted to buy the company, but GM put the sale on hold owing to fears about unfair market advantages. As a result, in December 2011, the company's manufacturing doors were formally closed for good.

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