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1961 Saab 95 commercial -- Click above to watch video

The Sixties really was a happier time – sleeping in the back of your car was such a fine thing to do that automakers even advertised their wares that were capable of accommodating their slumbering owners.

This 1961 commercial for the Saab's Ur-Sportcombi 95 – "Your new dream car" – has that going for it and so much more, including titchy cargo-area seats for the kids like the Tesla Model S. To see what life – and Saab – used to be like when "leech-like" handling was all the rage, follow the jump for to watch the video.

[Source: TurboNines]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      HA! I've done this exact thing in my 1997 Saab 9000 Aero's hatchback...it has almost 6' of space to lay down, and with the back seats down the upturned seats serve as nice backrests.

      When i set it up to sleep i put a full sized futon in the back with some pillows. I've camped a few times this way as well as taking it like that to the drive-in movies. you can close the hatch easily to sleep in there.

      I've always been amazed at this car's utility and flexibilty, let alone speed and reliability.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll never forget loading a full-size sofa into my sister's Saab 99 and driving it across Hood Pass in Oregon in the winter.

        The most practical car ever.

        But GM knew better. Americans prefer trunks on their cars. No more of these hatchbacks! Make Saabs like every other car - then they'll sell like hotcakes!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now with available 45 hp! Eager to Accelerate!

      .....really?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Erik Carlsson knows how to drive these (or used to, anyway):

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Carlsson
        • 6 Years Ago
        They weren't too bad, actually. Remember, they didn't WEIGH much. 0-mph bumpers, limited energy absorption, quite-small car. My best friend rescued one from a crumbling garage 5 years or so ago and made it run again... he played with it for a year or so and sold it to some sucker...er.. aficionado.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this Saab's a rocking...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aww, I was hoping it'd end with a tagline of "do it in a Saab"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mom's really pretty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, room for two extra childrohn?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I chuckled at "The Swedish Car With Aircraft Quality." I didn't realize how long they'd been pushing the "Born from Jets" pitch!

      0-60 in 15 seconds might sound excruciating by today's standards, but at a time when most UK/Euro-market compact family cars took 20 seconds or more, the 95 was pretty quick!
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 88 Saab 900 Turbo hatchback will also easily accommodate two happy campers. I owned a 64 Saab (96) sedan in 1970. Quick acceleration it did not have, but it cruised interstate speeds very well. Those two-stroke engines fire every stroke so three equals six as they say. Maybe someday I will find one of those 95 wagons and I'm still on the prowl for a Sonnett.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 60s truly were the premier decade for modern car design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Honey, let's make some baby boomers!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hahaha I love it, looks of the people faces...classic 60's stuff lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome add. Love the jazzy music and the line, "leech-like handling".
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was wondering if I heard that correctly...
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