Saab 96 & V4

Overview


The front-wheel-drive Saab 96 made the brand into a rally icon in the 1960s. It succeeded in events as diverse as the Monte Carlo, Britain's RAC rally, special stage events in every Scandinavian country, and the rough-and-tough Spa-Sofia-Liege Marathon. The big change came in 1967, when the 96 became the V4. Works cars continued to be competitive in carefully chosen events for many years, and when they became outdated, the V4's successors – the much larger and more powerful 99 and 99 Turbo types – proved that ...
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Overview


The front-wheel-drive Saab 96 made the brand into a rally icon in the 1960s. It succeeded in events as diverse as the Monte Carlo, Britain's RAC rally, special stage events in every Scandinavian country, and the rough-and-tough Spa-Sofia-Liege Marathon. The big change came in 1967, when the 96 became the V4. Works cars continued to be competitive in carefully chosen events for many years, and when they became outdated, the V4's successors – the much larger and more powerful 99 and 99 Turbo types – proved that Saab wasn’t done with rallying yet. More than any other car of its era, the 96 and V4 models proved that front-wheel-drive allied to true superstar driving could produce victory where no-one expected it.
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Editorial Reviews

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"As well as a fully detailed history of both the 96 and V4's rally career, this title, from the Rally Giants series, includes a complete listing of important successes, rival comparisons, plus detailed profiles of the principal people involved in racing and producing these plucky Saabs. A great read! – Classic Car Buyer

"There's plenty of gen on the characterful Trollhättan saloons and those that made them great." – Octane

"The campaign stories are illustrated with plenty of action photography and the work is worthy of a place on any Saab or rally enthusiast's bookshelf." – Classic Cars

"Graham Robson is to be congratulated on an excellent publication – this book is definitely one for every Saab enthusiast's bookshelf." – Saab Driver

"This book features excellent photos throughout, an entertaining text and some wonderful anecdotes – it's a very worthy addition to your rallying library." – New Zealand Classic Car

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845842567
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Series: Rally Giants Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,024,534
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Robson possesses a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years, as a competitor, team manager, organizer, reporter, commentator and observer; in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. Not only has Graham competed in many British and European events, he's also reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a traveling controller in the legendary London-Mexico World Cup Rally. As a recognized authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring of that period, he is the most prolific of all authors, with more than 130 published books to his credit. Over the years Graham has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in the Rally Giants Series, and his insight to their merits is unmatched. Graham Robson lives and works in England.

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