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Sunday, April 5, 2009

2 Cycle 1962 Saab 96 Rally Car

In the 60's "Different" wasn't a merely a marketing catchword for Saab, with the model 96's unique styling and 2-cycle 3 cylinder engines, it was a statement of Fact.  As screwy as these cars seem, factory hot rodded 96's  were awesome Rally Racing cars.  Granted, the cars driver was the legendary Erik Carlsson, but none the less, the 96 won back to back victories in the competitive Monte Carlo rally in 1962 & 63. This is even more impressive when you realize Carlsson's rally car was powered by a modest 840cc 2-cycle producing 70hp.  To hear what one of these sounds like, check out the short clip on the right.  

Bonus Trivia FTW: Carlsson was married to Stirling Moss' little sister Pat.


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