Posts Tagged ‘brat’

Troubled Child – 1978 Subaru BRAT

September 23, 2014

A past feature article included a list of criteria for featuring cars here, basically covering various features that come in unexpected quantities (4-seater Miata, anyone?) or dimensions, or things that function differently than you’d expect, like suicide doors. Subaru’s BRAT, designed to circumvent the infamous VW DoKa-killing chicken tax, is another perfect match – a half-car with two seats in the bed that look like someone beat up the local kids, stole their Big Wheels, and bolted the seats into the bed. Check out this 1978 Subaru BRAT for sale for $1900 in Vancouver, WA.

1978 Subaru BRAT right front

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PNW Special – 1990 Subaru Loyale 4WD Turbo Wagon plus bonus Brat

September 2, 2013

Back before Subaru broke into the mainstream in the late 1990s with its Legacy Outback, it was making something unusual that seems commonplace now – a turbocharged all-wheel-drive car. Granted, some parts of the concept had been done before by cars like the Jensen FF and Ford Mustang with Ferguson AWD, but these were very expensive, limited production, or both. Subaru brought this technology to the compact class in the early 1970s, well before the Audi Quattro or AMC Eagle. While on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest (PNW), I was reminded of my search for one of these to use as a daily driver in the late 1990s, and decided to find one to feature here. Even back then they were hard to find, and our car today is one of the few remaining turbo Loyale wagons in Multnomah County, near Portland, OR for $1250.

1990 Subaru Loyale Turbo Wagon left side

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Pleiades Double Happiness – Subaru Brat, Van, or both?

June 12, 2010

Of all the Japanese car brands, you’d think this one would have appeared here before. Subarus have an oddball history, with unusual styling, flat-4 engines, and all-wheel drive. And while many Japanese makes started out quirky, and gradually went mainstream, Subaru has stayed somewhat true to its roots, making its quirks into its key differentiators (sorry for the business-dork speak). Although, to be honest, Subaru has gone more mainstream in the dimensions of its cars, and has added frames to its windows. But on some level, that’s where all cars are moving as automotive technology matures even further – less than optimal solutions fall by the wayside.

Anyway, enough rambling! Let’s get back to the oddball cars. Subarus back in the 1970s were really pretty weird; maybe not so weird in the context of the other cars on the road when they were new, but with attrition and some hindsight, they are rather unusual cars. Beyond that, they had some pretty strange bodystyles, and while not terribly powerful, built a reputation for being tough and good in bad weather. Which brings us a car that’s become iconic for Subaru, with a famous seating arrangement. Our main feature for today is a Subaru Brat, which is listed for $2900 in the Canton area, north of Atlanta, GA.

1978 Subaru Brat right

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