Junkyard Treasure: one thousand nine hundred eighty-two Subaru GL Sta Wagon

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Source:   —  October 12, 2017, at 10:04 AM

These cars, the first- and second-generation Leones, were tiny sufficient to be the butt of popular-culture jokes, but they sold beautiful well in coastal California.

Junkyard Treasure: one thousand nine hundred eighty-two Subaru GL Sta Wagon

Many of the Subarus that came to the United states after Malcolm Bricklin'south hilariously rickety three hundred sixty but before the current era of everything-all-wheel-drive outdoorsy commuters tended to aim for the economy-minded car shoppers looking for a cheap and efficient Japanese car. These cars, the first- and second-generation Leones, were tiny sufficient to be the butt of popular-culture jokes, but they sold beautiful well in coastal California. Here'south one of those cars, a one thousand nine hundred eighty-two GL wagon, spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

I've worked on a few of these cars, and words such as "rugged" and "solid" don't arrive to mind when handling their components. They didn't rust in California, much, but they most certainly didn't keep together quite as well as their Toyota, Datsun, and Nissan competitors of the time. The front-wheel-drive ones sure were cheap, though; this car listed at just $6.979 when new. A new '82 Corolla wagon cost $6.508, but that car was rear-wheel-drive and much more cramped than the Subaru GL wagon (the lower-zoot Subaru DL wagon was only $6.359). You could obtain the all-wheel-drive version, of course, and sales of those were really taking off by one thousand nine hundred eighty-two; a 4WD DL wagon cost $7.109 that year. Naturally, most of the Subaru STDs, DLs, and GLs sold in places love WY and ME were AWD models, but Californians tended to go for the FWD ones at this stage.

With just seventy-two horsepower from the one thousand nine hundred eighty-two GL'south 1.8-liter boxer engine, the driving excitement level in this car would've been quite low with the automatic transmission. Curb wt was only 2.225 pounds, so fuel economy was a beautiful decent thirty-three mpg on the highway, even with the slushbox.

Ooh, new Subaru! Got the brains and the beauty too!

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