This is a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack in Plum Crazy paint from 1971. Photo taken by Johan Åhlund
This is a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum Six Pack in Plum Crazy paint from 1971. When new it was quite affordable, and it was marketed as a car for the young and adventurous. Several different engines were available and the most potent had impressive power and performance.
This 440 engine had 375 horsepower at 4600 rp/m. If this was not enough, buyers could pay a little extra to get the awesome 426 Hemi engine sporting 425 horsepower on paper. These cars are very rare and for its size seriously fast. Acceleration was quick, but hard to check.
The standard 290 horsepower Dodge Challenger 340 could easily do 0-100 km/h in 6,2 seconds. The 440 Six Pack Dodge Challenger did it around 5,5 seconds, and it could top 211 km/h. The Challenger was an icon and immortalized for its looks and performance in the 1971 movie Vanishing Point.
However this Dodge Challenger is a stunning car, especially in plum crazy metallic paint and the optional Rallye wheels.
This little 1961 BMW 700 Coupe is a cracking little car. Beautiful, and very small. Photo by Johan Åhlund
The first time I saw her, it was love at first sight. She was a tiny red BMW 700 Coupé. A small sports car, with a tiny engine. Although her small engine did sound pretty nice, in general she seemed to be in good condition. Someone had taken care of her. Despite the fact that she was made in Germany back in 1961. That’s a long time ago.
Well, it’s time to start talking about her as a car. Of course, this BMW 700 Coupé has got some new parts and guessingly a whole lot of love during its 55 year life. And it has earned them. The 700 Coupé was designed by the now legendary Giovanni Michelotti, and it impressed a lot of potential buyers in early 1959 when they saw photos of BMW´s new replacement model for the tired old BMW 600.
Nice and tidy, with a Blaupunkt and a patinated look. Photo by Johan Åhlund
BMW 700 Coupé also seemed to fit as a race car. Not only as a daily driver. And it was a success on in rally’s and on the racetracks. The RS-model had an impressive 70 horsepower, and it was light, weighing just 1,323 lb.
As you can see, the lines are very beautiful. Especially in red, with red and beige interior. The dashboard is just right patinated and contains only the absolute essentials. The seats are small and thin. The steering wheel as well, and its floor-mounted four-speed gear selector and the fully independent and improved suspension made it a fun car to drive. No wonder that the owner seemed to be very happy when he stepped out of the little car.
Well, the little BMW 700 is a really beautiful little car
The rear also looks nice. Photo by Johan Åhlund
The engine was a normally aspirated 697 cc (43 cui) twin cylinder petrol engine with carburetors and four valves. It was placed in the back and the car was had rear wheel drive. BMW had earlier used the engine in their motorcycles, but found it a perfect fit for the 700 Coupé.
Is was available in either 30, 32 or 40 HP. However, 40 HP was only found in 700 Sport Coupe.
The car in this article is an ordinary BMW 700 Coupé. With 32 horsepower (24 Kw), it’s not a Ferrari competitor. But thanks to small dimensions, light weight (only 640 kilos) it actually was quite fast. And fun to drive. There is no problem to reach 70 mph/h. You just need to wait a little to get there, 0-60 took at least 32 seconds. But who cares about performance when it comes to this little beauty? It’s a little gem, and in fact the 700 saved BMW from bankruptcy when it was new. These days it’s a true and rare little car. It makes me glad when I see it. Although it’s a very rare sight.
The ultra rare Saab 9-5 SportCombi. One of just 27 cars made. Photo by Johan Åhlund
Well, this is the second post in a row on cars made by Saab. This is one of their absolute most anticipated cars, a car that many customers really wanted Saab to build.
Behold the Saab 9-5 Sportcombi. A station wagon (or in Swedish: a combi) with a lot of room. The last model Saab ever built before going bust in 2012.
The SportCombi is ultra rare – only 27 exists
The 9-5 was a beautiful car, and the SportCombi in Arctic White pictured here did not disappoint. I took theses photos at Mantorp Park racetrack at a trackday. This car is a Saab 9-5 SportCombi TTiD4 XWD Vector with 190hp. It is owned by Combitech and resides at The Saab Museum in Trollhättan. At the trackday, it sure did draw a lot of attention. Actually, several persons I spoke to really wanted this car. They absolutely loved it.
It’s a shame really, that Saab only builds 27 of this very nice model. It definitely deserved better. The Saab 9-5 SportCombi has the Saab quality, Swedish design, top notch safety and very nice engines under the bonnet. But, unfortunately they are rare as they come. The Saab 9-5 SportCombi is now a collector’s item, and is rarely seen in the classifieds.
The Arctic white Saab 9-5 SportCombi TTiD4 XWD Vector with 190hp. Photo by Johan Åhlund
The 9-5 SportCombi came with several engines. You could choose between diesel, ethanol and petrol. The most potent version had a 2.8 liter V6 turbo, delivering 300 horsepower. The two-liter turbocharged inline-four with 220 horsepower seems to be the clever choice for most people. All 9-5 had Saab´s XWD all-wheel drive as standard.
It is a big car, 501 centimeters in length. The cabin is light, with wonderful seats, several nice features and it’s perfect for long journeys. The cargo space swallows 56 cubic feet of luggage with the back seats folded.
The SportCombi has nice Performance
The top of the line model had the 2,8 liter turbocharged V6. The 300 horsepower power plant combined with Saab´s XWD was effective. It did the sprint 0-60 in 6,9 seconds and had a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The 2.0T BioPower with 220 horsepower was no slouch either with 7,9 seconds 0-60 and a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph).
The car in these pictures has 190 hp (142 kW; 193 PS) at 4000 rpm. It scores 400 Nn of torque at 1750 rpm, accelerates from 0-60 in 8.8 seconds and can do 230 km/h (140 mph) flat out. Remember these were big cars weighing almost 2100 kilos.
Want to see one? Well then you can visit Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan, Sweden. There are many interesting Saab´s in stunning condition to admire, if you care to visit.
Hans is ready to race. The Saab Sonett II is a very small car and it looks amazing. I took this photo at the line-up at Falkenberg Classic after a brief talk to Hans about his little racer. Photo by Johan Åhlund
Sweden has several classic car events, and the Falkenberg Classics is considered to be Sweden’s own Goodwood Festival of Speed. A couple of hundred classic cars raced each other on the short and fast racetrack. Last year was as usual very sunny and had a lot of spectacular cars, both on track and in the exhibition area.
Saab Sonett II is a rare car, Saab only made 258 in 1967
One of the nicer cars on the grid is driven by Hans Eklund. Hans is very fond of Saab cars, owns several classic models and is an experienced driver who has been racing for more than 25 years. Hans is running a 1967 red Saab Sonett II. It’s a rare car, Saab only made 258 Sonnet’s in 1967.
The Saab Sonett II in full speed at the straight at Falkenberg racetrack. The 850cc roars like crazy and the audience is cheering in the perfect weather. Photo by Johan Åhlund
Under the bonnet sits the legendary great sounding 60 horsepower three cylinder 841 cc Saab two-stroke engine. Famous from the Saab Sport (also known as the Gran Turismo 850 or the 850 Monte Carlo), the sound this little engine makes when driven hard is remarkable.
Ok, let’s be honest, The Saab Sonett II with the two-stroke engine is not a very fast car. However, like many other classic Saabs it is very fun to drive. Weighing in at 780 kilo (fiber-glass body), the 60 horsepower engine resulted in 0-100 km/h in 12,5 seconds. If you went flat-out you might reach 160 km/h, according to the beautiful Saab press-kit. I wonder how fast a Saab Sonett fitted with the engine from a Volvo Amazon 123 GT (1,8 liter, with 115 horsepower) would be.
The Saab Sonett II has a very nice interior. The dashboard is covered in wood veneer and has very stylish dials from VDO. Photo by Johan Åhlund
The Sonett was most expensive Saab that you could buy
Back in 1967 it was rather expensive; it was actually the most expensive Saab that you could buy. Fortunately it was also, by far the most beautiful. It came with bucket seats, leather steering wheel, had a dashboard in mahogany plywood with very nice designed gauges from VDO, and also a built in roll-bar. Remember, Saab is Swedish and has a tradition of building safe cars.
Compared to later Sonnet’s the engine was quite easy to reach with the front hood section hinged forward. You just flipped it up and then you could easily access the little gem.
Hans in gaining speed as he is heading for the long straight at Mantorp Park. The little Saab is chased by a big Chevrolet Camaro, so far its ahead. Photo by Johan Åhlund
At a different race at Mantorp Park there were a lot of other cars at the track and it was a pure joy to see the little Saab Sonett being chased by Chevrolet Camaros, Porsche 912: s and other monsters.