- 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)|
|Successor||None. The 95/96 model series ended with the end of production of the 95 in 1978 and the 96 in 1980|
Initially it was based on the Saab 93 sedan, but the model's development throughout the years followed closely that of the Saab 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, 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.
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 coupe utility.
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