The Saab 96 was produced for twenty years, beginning in 1960 and lasting until 1980. It was based on the Saab 92 chassis and was originally powered by a 38 horsepower three-cylinder two-stroke engine. Later it was increased to an 850cc unit that produced 40 horsepower. In 1967 the car was offered with a four-stroke Ford 1498cc V4 engine borrowed from the Ford Taunus. It produced 65 horsepower which was enough to send the car from zero-to-sixty in about 15 – 16 seconds. Erik Carlsson drove a Saab 96 to much international success in rally events. He finished first in the 1960, 1961, and 1962 RAC Rallies and an impressive first in the 1962 and 1963 Monte Carlo Rallies.