Monday, March 2, 2015

5k: Anatomy of an eBay Listing: 1992 Subaru SVX LSI

 You might consider yourself lucky if you've ever had the opportunity to own Subaru's first modern halo car, known as the Alcyone in Japan or the SVX here in the USA.  If you take a photograph of Italian Giorgetto Giugiaro's beautiful body shape, you might find that the view isn't what you'd expected, and what you really need is to lower the camera by about 3/4's of an inch. Logically, you step out of your boots, back a few steps and click...snap...wrrrr...perfection.  Find this 1992 Subaru SVX LSI here on eBay currently bidding for $4,950 reserve-not-met with $6,950 buy-it-now located in Alexandria, OH with 4 days to go.

Happy that the boot-free profile picture is complete, you turn your attention to the contents of the text portion of the listing.  Don't include any useful information like why the stop lamp warning light is illuminated, and instead focus on trite expressions like you've seen the rest, now see the best or I have yet to see one in this condition or one SVX in the hand is worth two in the bush.


 Time for an interior shot.  You know that of the 14,000 SVXs imported to North America, all were sold with a 4-speed automatic transmission...but you don't want to draw attention to this fact in the interior pics...what about carrots?  Yeah, plop a bag of carrots in the passenger foot well and everybody will be awed by your healthy food choices and they'll forget about the fact that you wrote I never smoked in the car or allowed anyone to eat or drink.


Clearly carrots are good for the front seat, but they would look ridiculous in the back...what about a bag of apples behind the rear seat?  Its not like this car has a very useable trunk area to store your produce, so you might as well let it roll around the floor.


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15 comments:

  1. Another car from that horrific era of passive seatbelts.

    At least the 'net probably makes it easier to order the Canadian-market parts necessary to fix that problem, assuming you're prepared to spend the money.

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  2. SVX and Interceptor. Oh how I love you. Thanks DT.

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  3. Obviously its owned by a horse with boots.

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  4. This car is rotten to the core. It's a bad seed, I tell you. You floor it, you peel out and you're away...and if you push it over a cliff, it falls far from the tree.

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    1. Ha ha! I was beginning to wonder if any DTers had a sense of humor. I read below your excellent and appreciative analysis of the design of the SVX. I agree. You probably saw this already, but if not, you might enjoy this great review of the car on YT. I did. There are two parts.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2KEt78x0CE

      If the car were faster, I'd be more interested in it. The rarity and future maintenance cost issues also slow me down from being really gung-ho about picking one up. This is just the sort of vehicle I'm interested in.

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  5. Yet another female car (see earlier post of a female Jenson Interceptor being sold by Sir Mix-A-Lot). This time we are assured she gets 250-300 miles put on her per year to keep her "juices flowing." It's not only kind of creepy, I'm pretty sure it's illegal in mainland US (Alaskans and Hawaiians get to do whatever they want).

    The windows must be a blast at the drive-through.

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  6. My other car is an... Aztek? Odd couple right there. I'd park my SVX rather than use the drive-thru just so I could enjoy walking back to it.

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  7. A friend of mine had a Canadian market car and I'm sure the thing had those take yer head off belts. My Neibour at the time had one of the first Saturn coupes in the area which also had them. Oh and I live in eastern Canada.

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  8. They had me until I saw the Aztek.

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  9. I always loved these. Looking at it now, the design is certainly busier than I appreciated BITD. There are a total of 9 stacked horizontal surfaces at the posterior of the profile view, and the wheel wells are entirely dissimilar: nearly constant radius in the front and squared off in back. I despise directional wheels on most cars because of the asymmetry of the damn things, but the SVX is the exception to that rule. What a shape, so full of presence but not pretentious. It looks like it needs a thin, dingy blue LED light bar, under which Decker would rapidly alight, jumping onto the rain-spattered street to chase a fleeting Leon, finally bringing him down with a well-placed shot that ventilated his Nexus skull... I really dig this car.

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    1. You know, it is only a few years till 2019 and I don't see any hovering police cars flying around an industrial and constantly rainy Los Angeles. Where are my flying cars Mr Philip K Dick? Huh?

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  10. Wow eight thousand dollar miles? That is terrific!

    Anyone else think the last shot is of another car? Different wheels, clear corners, possibly lowered? Seems a bit off.

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  11. AND THE CLINCHER IS... THE AZTEK! Just to make certain that all potential buyers completely understand your lack of car acumen, make certain to have an Aztek in the background of the shot. It will ad "perspective". Ouch!

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  12. I get it! Carrot juices flowing, yeah, that's it. All is good now.
    (I feel so embarrassed for this seller)

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