Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5k: BRAT ATTACK! 1986 Subaru BRAT

It is always interesting when a seller uses the wording; 99% rust free. As an engineer by trade I instantly make the assumption that this means the car must be composed of 1% rust by mass.  If you've got a 2500 lb Subaru, this means you have 25 lbs of iron oxide in your car's metal bits, which is positively frightening.  Find this 99% rust free 1986 Subaru BRAT offered for $4,900 buy-it-now or make-offer on eBay, located in Colorado Springs, CO.

The Subaru BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) is a pickup style version of the rugged Leone passenger sedan.  In order to evade the so-called Chicken tax (a 25% import duty on light trucks) the BRAT came new with two rear facing jump seats in the back.  This one is missing the jump seats, but they came with an awesome set of joystick style handles that you'd see kids holding onto and pretending they were tailgunners in a B-17. This one is clearly not 1% rust, and looks decent in the pictures with only small amounts of surface rust visible. 

The BRAT is powered by a 1.8 liter flat-4 cylinder EA series Subaru engine, which should put out about 73 horsepower and 94 ft-lbs of torque.   The 4-speed manual means that this car has the 2-speed transfer case, which will allow the little BRAT to just keep moving the tires when the ground get slippery or steep.  In the world of mountain climbing, these are little mountain goats; they jump from rock to rock with dexterity, not brute force.

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