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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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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.