- This article is about the 1959-1978 Saab station wagon/Estate car, for the models produced between 1997 and 2011, see Saab 9-5
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|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door station wagon
3-door sedan delivery van
|Engine||841 cc 2-stroke I3
1,498 cc Ford V4
1,698 cc Ford LC V4 (USA)
|Wheelbase||2,500 mm (98.4 in)|
|Length||4,300 mm (169.3 in) (1969-1978)|
Initially it was based on the Saab 93 sedan version, but the model's development throughout the years followed closely that of the 96 after the 93 was taken off the market in 1960. It was introduced in 1959, but because only 40 were made in 1959, production is often said to have started in 1960.
The first engine was an 841 cc three-cylinder two-stroke engine, but from 1967 onward, it became available with the same four-stroke Ford Taunus V4 engine as used in the Saab 96, the Saab Sonett V4 and Sonett III, and the German Ford Taunus. It had a four-speed manual transmission. There was a small handle on the firewall that, when pushed, put the car into a "freewheeling" mode. This allowed the driver to coast downhill without seizing the two-stroke engine, but when power was needed the transmission would engage and the driver could power the car up hill again. As the 95 received the four-speed gearbox before the 96 (that still had the old three-speed unit) it was also used for rallying.
In the US, the Saab 95 received the larger 1.7 litre V4 for the 1971 model year, as a response to tighter emissions regulations. The compression ratio was lowered to 8.0:1, meaning that the power remained 73 hp (54 kW). The Saab 95/96 remained on sale in the United States until 1973.
A rear-facing folding seat was dropped with the 1976 model year, making the car a regular five-seater. Production ended in 1978. A total of 110,527 were made.
For certain markets (Norway, Denmark) a special export version sedan delivery van was available without a rear seat and rear side windows. Both commercial companies and private persons made conversions of the Saab 95 to a pickup truck.
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