Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ladybuggin: 1969 Subaru 360 Micro Car
Billionaire investor/car guy/Yugo lover Malcom Bricklin first started importing the Subaru 360 in 1968, where he sold them for a starting price of $1,297. US importation of the 360 ended in 1969, shortly after the muckrakers at Consumer Reports labeled the lightweight as "Not Acceptable" due to safety concerns. Find this 1969 Subaru 360 Micro Car bidding here on eBay bidding for $4,888 with a few hours to go, located in Reading, PA.
This 360 is advertised as being sitting in storage since 1979, and the paint and chrome appears as first glance to be decent. However, closer inspection reveals rust in about every place you could get rust -- not frame eaten salt rust, more like the entire car was stored in a sauna.
The Subaru 360 was the first mass produced vehicle from Fuji Heavy Industries and was named for its 360cc twin-cylinder 2-stroke engine mounted behind the rear wheels. The engine mounted out back makes an even 36 horsepower...for a healthy 2-stroke power density of 100 horsepower per liter. Reports peg the 360 fuel economy at around 50 mpg, and given the performance we are likely to believe it.
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