The SAAB 96 Monte-Carlo 850 (MC850) was created in 1966 and 1967 to show homage to Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss for their victorious rallying circuits they won at the Monte Carlo rallies and the incredible press they provided to SAAB.
The Saab 96 had a longitudinally mounted engine layout. As first designed, it had an 841 cc, 38 hp three-cylinder Saab two-stroke engine. By 1965 this was increased to 40 hp. An optional 57 hp version of the engine, with triple carburettors and oil injection, was used in the Sport and Monte Carlo models. The additional power was obtained from a modified cylinder head and filled crankshaft counterweights offering higher overall compression ratio.
Manufactured on the 12th April 1966 this fine example was first registered in the UK on the 16th February 1970. The car is supplied with old UK V5 documents as well as a green logbook and owner’s manual along with an extensive file. The 841 cc two-stroke three cylinder engine with one Solex carburettor per cylinder, giving 52 hp, is reported to be in good condition.
Finished in white with contrasting red wings and boot with a red cloth interior, this charming example boasts a full length sunroof and is a hoot to drive. It is rare to find such an example and a very interesting and a cost-effective entry for some of the best events in the classic car world.