...comes along in 1982 with the purchase of this Subaru 360 van. I guess I have a thing for the blue w/silver stripe color combo - same as my current smart cabrio! If you think the smarts get 'cuaght' in the wind sometimes, you should try driving one of these at 50 mph down the freeway!
The suicide doors and big side barn doors meant it had lots of entry and seating options. These have a split tailgate rear end like the smarts today although the engine compartment door was rear-facing. In a pinch (and ignoring even the minimal safety requirements of the day, I could sit 2 on the back engine cover (carpeted), 2 in the middle seat, and 2 up front. Of course, I was well over the rated weight capacity - but it was fun to try for a short, local trip from time to time.
I had this van until 1989 after our second child was born and the need for a more 'purposeful' mini van (read Dodge Caravan) meant having to sell this great little car. I understand it now resides (and it's been repainted) in Tennesee.
During the early and mid-'80s in additon to the Subarus here, we also had a 1976 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe, 1981 Honda Civic wagon, and a 1985 Subaru Justy 4x4. Later in 1989 I briefly owned a Nissan Axxess - with 4x4 too! - but traded it for a used 1986 Dodge Vista 4x4-on-the-fly wagon. Not really micro cars of course, but great little winter runners here in MN.
- FRED "2 MUTCH"
Is it a car? Is it a mind set? It's BOTH!