When I was in Copenhagen last week, testing out the new Volkswagen ID.Buzz re-born EV Microbus, I was able to sneak off for a bit and find some interesting automotive Danes lurking about the city. Like this friendly little Scandinavian Viking, a ’70s-era Saab 96. This one was in really lovely shape and the color of what I imagine my liver is. This one is a later one, with big rubber bumpers and rectangular headlamps, which I think are really the only major visually-changing parts on these. Also, look how great those wheels are!
Oh man, look what this has: those fantastic push-pull headlight wipers! Ever see these in action? It’s weirdly satisfying. Here, look, this is a video of them on a Saab 99 – a bit newer but essentially the same:
So good. I’d drive through huge mud puddles just for an excuse to use these.
The rear of these retains the traditional early-Saab teardrop shape, along with a pair of Hella-made taillights that are like strange brothers to old VW Beetle taillights. I feel like either car could have used the other’s taillights and made them work just fine.
Also, see that V4 badge? These used a Ford of Germany-sourced V4 from the Taunus, which was originally developed as part of American Ford’s Cardinal small-car project. Also, I recently learned that Saab’s testing program for four-stroke engines to replace their two-stroke ones included Volvo’s B18, the air-cooled VW flat-four, Lancia’s V4, the Hillman Imp engine, and the Triumph 1300. Oh, and the Ford V4 they eventually settled on.
One more detail: this indicator repeater with its subtle herringbone pattern and vaguely boat or perhaps fish-like shape. I like it.