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YAK Car Pic of the Day



Wow, it was last June when the Hemmings Motor News Great Race passed through downtown Buffalo on its way around the Great Lakes. This year’s version will be taking a north/south route paralleling the Mississippi River. One of my favorite cars from last year was this 1969 Saab 96 Deluxe. These little Swedish cars were pioneers in front wheel drive  — pretty uncommon when it was introduced in 1960. A neat feature on the later 96s (they were in production until 1980) was the four-speed, column-mounted transmission. Yeah, four-on-the-tree! That, combined with the flat floor, made for a pretty roomy interior. Starting with the 1967 models, Saab 96s were equipped with German Ford V-4 engines, and would be so until the end of the model run. Navigator Steven Keller and driver Brian Blood ended up winning the Sportsman Class trophy in last year’s race.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know 

  • Ridgewaycynic2013

    The Swedes (Saab and Volvo) were years ahead of North America in terms of safety, durability, and building cars suited to cold climates.