The Subaru Justy was a hatchback (with available 4WD) built in Japan and imported to the US from 1987 to 1994. It isn't particularly pretty and it won't win you an car show trophies, but I think it would give you a lot of fun for low bucks and ranks pretty high in internet respect points as a project vehicle. This one has been turned into a snow plow and a "replica" General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. Of course everyone knows the real General Lee was a Nissan Sentra so the idea of making a Justy version is ridiculous.
See a better car for driving with your Hazzard lights on? firstname.lastname@example.org
*At the time of writing this piece, I must admit there are a few drops of water on the ground here in SoCal...and I don't think it is a neighbor's cat wetting my wife's flowers again.