The Brat arrived in America with carpeting and welded-in rear-facing seats in the cargo bed. This was Subaru's way of circumventing the Chicken Tax. The Brat was technically a passenger car and thus only taxed at 2.5%.
The Brat also had all-wheel drive. You didn't get that with the Toyotas, Nissans, and Mazdas of the time. Its engines of choice were either a 1.6L or a 1.8L, both in the flat-4 configuration. 1983 and 1984 models could be had with an optional 94 hp turbocharged engine.
Cool, right? Well, we're going to look at a rendering of what the Brat might look like today if Subaru had kept it in production. This piece by wb.artist20 is based on the Outback, but has a 2-door body. The contrast between the rugged black cladding and retro decals is what makes this a magical image.
Ironically, the kind of protectionist thinking that tried to stop Subaru from making money is what made the company so strong. In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan limited the import of Japanese cars. American car companies increased prices artificially while not addressing the reliability issues that made imports more attractive in the first place.
Maybe that explains why the Outback is one of the most popular wagon in America by far. That, plus the dog commercials; we love those.
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FHere’s my try at bringing back the Subaru Brat! Idk about y’all but I would daily this thing! I would stop by Home Depot often to pickup random things I don’t need just to show off my cool car with a bed ! Used the Outback as a base! Let me know what y’all think! • • • #subaru #subaruoutback #subarusti #subarubrat #elcamino #fordranchero #render #rendering #cardesign #cardesigncommunity #cardesignworld #explorepage #explore #modernization