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This 1981 Subaru Brat is Cheap and Oh, So Quirky

With over 209,000 miles on the clock, this thing is all character.

There’s just something about old Subarus that we love. They’re quirky, different and capable. Perhaps the best old Subie that fits that description is the Brat. Think of it as an all-wheel-drive El Camino, only with a pair of rear-facing jump seats in the bed. They were there solely to allow the Brat to be classified as a passenger car. Damn that chicken tax. The Brat hauled stuff around the ranch like a champ. Heck, even Ronald Reagan had one for his own California ranch.

Built from 1978 until 1993, the Brat wasn’t exactly an urban car. It was simply a basic, small truck that appealed to a specific type of buyer. There aren’t that many left in North America, but this one up for sale on eBay happens to be in solid shape. It’s 100 percent rust-free, has a new clutch, and stills runs brilliantly – even with 209,591 miles. That’s Subaru for you. Power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder paired to a five-speed manual. There are a few dings here and there as well as a cracked dash, but everything else is original. Interested? It’s located in Colorado and, as of this writing, had a top bid of just over $3,000.

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