Saab 96V4 Model Year Changes

Model Year 1967 Chassis No.s:
420001 to 458526

The major change to the Saab 96 was the introduction of the Ford V4 engine and with this came improvements to the alternator, a higher capacity battery and a more powerful starter motor.

Three point seat belts were introduced and disc brakes were now standard on front wheels except for the lowest cost US model.

Hussar Blue and Silversand were added to the colour options that included Polar White, Toreador Red, Dark Grey and Olive Green.


Model Year 1968 Chassis No.s:
470,001 to 507,018

The, now laminated, windscreen and rear screen were now 7cm and 11cm deeper respectively. The windscreen was cleared by new larger wiper blades and an electric pump powered windscreen washer. The dashboard was finished in dark grey and the controls in black in order to supress reflections on the larger windscreen. The interior rear view mirror was moved from the dashboard to the top of the windscreen and the horn-ring was replaced by a control on the steering column.

On the safety side, the brake circuits were now located inside the car for protection and a warning lamp was introduced to indicate a failure in one of the circuits.

For markets outside of Scandinavia the V4 de luxe came equipped with trim strips and rear windows that could be opened.


Model Year 1969, Chassis No.s
96520001 to 96552859

The front end now sported a redesign comprising rectangular headlamps and a new chrome grille, indicators being moved to the front wings for better visibility. For the United States market the V4 was equipped with round headlamps since rectangular lamps were not legal.

Safety features introduced for this model year included a jointed and telescopically collapsible steering column, servo assisted brakes and attachments for head restraints.

Changes under the bonnet included an Autolite carburettor and airfilter plus a new radiator with expansion tank. Sea Green and Black joined the colour line-up that included Hussar Blue, Silversand, Polar White and Torador Red.


Model Year 1970 Chassis No.s:
96560001 to 96592844 (Swedish built)
60600001 to 60601540 (Finnish built)

Production of the 95V4 and 96V4 models commenced at a new factory, at Nystad/Uusikaupunki in Finland, jointly owned by Saab-Scania and OY Valmet AB.

An all new interior, a new instrument panel with all meters and lamps contained within two recessed dials, a new steering wheel and new buttons for heating and lighting were all notable revisions.

The headlamps were now wired via the ignition so that the car could not be left with the lights on (excepting parking lights specifically for the purpose). Rear seat belts were fitted as standard on cars destined for the home market and the V4 de luxe was phased out.

1970 cars were available finished in Polar White, Black, Silversand, Toreador Red, Savannah Beige or Medium Blue.


Model Year 1971 Chassis No.s
96600001 to 96627413 (Swedish built)
61000001 to 61602639 (Finnish built)

Saab 96V4 (pre 1974)
A further contribution to road safety was the innovation of headlamp wash/wipers to keep the headlamps clear of dirt, especially useful at night so that one could see, and during the day so that one could be seen – in a country where daytime running lights are mandatory. As a consequence, the windscreen wash reservoir was enlarged.

Additional items included towing eyes at front and rear and new trim side strips on the exterior; on the interior a new handbrake lever and a warm air duct to the rear seats on left hand drive models.

From Autumn 1970 all V4 powered Saabs bound for the United States were equipped with a 1.7 litre engine, still providing 65hp, to meet new emission regulations.

A change to an electrodip method of priming improved rustproofing. New colours for the year were Silver Mink and Tyrolene Green which replaced Sea Green.


Model Year 1972 Chassis No.s:
96720000001 to 96722021567 (Swedish built)
96726000001 to 96726006009 (Finnish built)

A new innovation unique to Saab was the electrically heated driver’s seat. This functioned automatically if the temperature on the seat’s surface fel below 14°c and switched off when the temperature reached 27.5°c.

External changes included bumper over riders made entirely of rubber and wheels with air holes directed radially. Existing colours in the range were Polar White, Toreador Red and Medium Blue which were complemented with the new Amber Yelow and Verona Green.


Model Year 1973 Chassis No.s:
96732000001 to 96732023028 (Swedish built)
96736000001 to 96736008344 (Finnish built)

For the Scandinavian, UK, Austrian and Swiss markets the V4 was now fitted with halogen heradlamps as standard, US models retained the round headlamps. Inside, instruments were modified with yellow pointers and sunvisors had black backs.

The colour range saw Carolina Blue and Brilliant Yellow replace Medium Blue and Tyrolene Green.

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