BaT Auction: 1965 Saab Monte Carlo 850GT Project
This 1965 Saab is an 850GT-spec example of the 96 model and features a Monte Carlo interior and trim. This car was purchased by the current owner in the 1980’s out of Gresham, Oregon, where it was sitting outside in a field next to a barn. He trailered the car home to Trout Lake, Washington in preparation for a restoration that never materialized, while sourcing new Saab engine parts that will be provided unused in the original Saab boxes to the next owner. The 841cc two-stroke triple is included in the sale but currently removed from the car. This 850GT is being sold on behalf of the owner by his friend with a clean Washington state title.
The Saab 96 succeeded the 93 model in 1960, and was available with an 841cc two-stroke triple starting in 1965. Saab saw real success in period competition, winning first place in the 1962 and 1963 Monte Carlo Rally with Erik Carlsson behind the wheel. 850 GT trim included dual chrome strips on the flanks as seen above, while Monte Carlo 850 badging can be seen on the front fenders and rear decklid.
Less than 1,000 Monte Carlo 850s were produced, and 1965 was the first year of the longer nosed 95 with the Vee-shapped grille. The current owner states that the car was unmodified prior to his acquisition, and believes that the previous owner likely bought the car new.
The car shows effects of being out in the elements, including animal damage inside. 55k miles are shown and true chassis mileage is unknown. Note the unique Monte Carlo instrumentation in the photo above.
When new, this car would have been fitted with an 841cc two-stroke triple equipped with dual carburetors and paired to a four-speed manual shifted on the column. Many years ago, the current owner began disassembly with the intention of doing a full restoration. He stripped the engine compartment and took off some interior parts including the heater fan and seats.
About 20 pictures are provided of the underside in the gallery, with the car shown as lifted on its rocker points.
All of the parts were kept in storage and can be seen in the provided photo gallery. The four-speed manual transaxle is still in the car.
The seller sourced a crank shaft, pistons with rings, wrist pins, some of the gaskets required for a motor rebuild. Those parts are said to be in their original Saab boxes and will be provided to the winning bidder. The crank used in the Sport and Monte Carlo models featured filled counterweights as part of a higher-output engine build, which also required a modified cylinder head and higher-compression components.
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