Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Big Block Mudder: 1985 Subaru BRAT

The Subaru BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) was a funky little pickup truck owned by a few notable folks over the years, such as Ronald Reagan and Master Rex Kwon Do.  Today's BRAT features the strength of a grizzly, the reflexes of a puma, and the wisdom of a man. Get ready to drop some bad guys with a roundhouse kick from this 1985 Subaru BRAT mudder here on eBay bidding for $2,555 reserve-not-met with a $5,000 buy-it-now.

This isn't the BRAT you will use to take your kids to school or head to the local Home Despot for a load of lumber, but a stock BRAT is so pedestrian.  This BRAT, on the other hand, is all about terrifying pedestrians, and looks to be a tribute to something from Carmageddon the video game.

Power comes from a 572 cubic inch Chevrolet big block V8 fed via a 1100 cfm Demon carburetor and exhausted via headers that go straight up.  Power heads via a TH400 transmission with a beefy transfer case, serious gears front/rear and eventually into 39 1/2 inch boggers on beadlocks.

If everything runs, I can't see how you can go wrong at $5k for this...can you?  Personally, I'd drop it down onto some WRC sized wheels and turn this into the ultimate Ken Block style drift machine. 

See a better mud machine for less?

Hat tip to Arch Duke Maxyenko in oppositelock.


  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamJuly 23, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    You aren't a child of the 80's if you didn't immediately think of this:


    1. I still have 2 Stomper 4x4s! Not the Brat, though. More's the pity.

      Actually I first thought of the Tamiya RC Brat, because of the wheel profile.


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