Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Keitorampside Project: 1966 Subaru Sambar Truck

The Sambar is a Subaru 360 platform based mini-truck that was launched in 1961 as Japan's first Keitora (軽トラ) or kei class truck.  The 2-stroke 2-cylinder engine is mounted low and under the bed out back, making it as close to a 1/2 sized VW Bus or Chevy Corvair Truck as you can get.  Find this 1966ish Subaru Sambar Rampside Truck here on eBay bidding for $1775 with a few hours to go, located in Bogata, TX.

I'm going to be honest with you and admit that I don't know who the guys with the beards are, but I can only assume that A&E has launched a new show that combines the best of Duck Dynasty with Fast N Loud, but when I put the search Truck Dynasty into my DVR, it returns zilch.

What I do know is that the Subaru Sambar started production for the 1961 model year, so this isn't a 1960 as listed on eBay, and the second generation without kuchibiru lip styling was released in 1966, so this car was built between 1966 and 1973.  This thing is a serious project, but it comes with an engine, transmission, and a no reserve auction.  All you need is a few bucks and a few years of your spare time.

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  1. It is difficult to imagine how future generations will come to view so many old vehicles littering the countryside that have been mutilated by the same sub-species.

    The pillaged vehicles are all inches from the ground, have paint sanded off to look old, or old surfaces with clear paint over rust and all looking like every other old car or truck left to fester on the earth's surface.

    Eventually, historians will discover that a few artists made a unique originals, but then those of far less intelligence, and no creativity, spewed forth with their ill-equipped talent and skill to wreak carnage upon defenseless relics.

    And so the Dead Car Scrolls will be interpreted.

  2. I do love looking at these, and it would fit in my tiny garage with room leftover for my bike.

  3. That would be beaucoup useful around here, but with everything else piled up I've got no time or room for another project.


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