Saab 96 crash test – 1967

I found some still images of some early crash tests back in April and published them here on Inside Saab at that time.

Last week, we found the film from one of these tests. It’s from August 1967, and involves a frontal impact test performed on a Saab 96 at a speed of 50 km/h. It’s enjoyable both from a technical point of view, as well as being a window back in time into how things looked and worked back in the late 1960’s. The track they use today for crash testing at Saab is still in the same location, though it’s now much more sophisticated – and indoors 🙂

There is no audio.

I’m not sure I would have wanted to be the crash test dummy used in that test – both seat and seatbelt technology has come a long way since that time. I have to say, however, that the passenger compartment of the 96 help up remarkably well from the impact, much better than many other cars from this earlier era would have done.

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  1. Love these looks back in time.

    If you (or others) haven’t seen this, Popular Science put their entire archive online. In 1964 they crash tested a number of small cars (Renault, Saab, VW, Rambler, Falcon) head-on against big American iron. The Saab stood up remarkably well, the Renault and VW, not too well. I love the technique. The small car was parked, and a test driver drove the large car at the small car. At the last second or so before impact, the driver would jump from the door-less big car into a convertible pacing just beside the big car. Must of been fun. Worth a read.
    Go to and search for “Crash” (no quotes).
    Scroll down to “August 1964, page 50” and click on it to read “Crash Are Small Cars Death Traps?”
    Good photos

    This direct link to the article may also work: