Saab Sport

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Saab Sport, 1965. Saab Sport was introduced as a follow up to Saab GT750.
The Saab Sport was a modified version of the Saab 96

The Saab Sport is an automobile from Saab, launched in 1962 as a replacement for the Saab GT750. It used the same body shell as the Saab 96, with slight modifications and with a different interior configuration and equipment. From the outside it could be differentiated from a standard 96 by the twin chrome stripes along the lower part of the sides.

The engine was an 841 cc two-stroke, three-cylinder engine with one Solex carburetor per cylinder, giving 52 hp (39 kW). The engine was lubricated via a separate tank for two-stroke oil, allowing the use of ordinary petrol. The gearbox had four gears. In order to overcome the problems of overrun for the two-stroke engine, a freewheel device was fitted. The car also used disc brakes at the front, something that was unusual at the time, and the wheels had four studs instead of the five used on the 96 and were of a stronger build, to withstand the extra workload.

  • From 1963 on the model for the USA market was named Granturismo 850.
  • In the 1965 model year power output was raised to 55 hp (41 kW).
  • From model year 1966 all market variants were named Monte Carlo 850.
  • During model year 1967 the two-stroke models were phased out and replaced with the Monte Carlo V4 (with the 65 hp (48 kW) Ford Taunus V4 engine).
  • Production ended in 1968.