In a world where the reality of fake news and the illusion of truth intertwine, where inauthenticity is celebrated, the sleeper car is becoming an increasingly rare specimen.
Subaru’s formative years were filled with low-volume models that set out to establish the name in the marketplace. But it was five years after the company was founded that it introduced a small car that did make a name for itself, the 360, which has become something of an icon in Subaru’s history. In Part 1 of the 360 story, Mike Monk outlines the beginnings.
Around the late nineties, the phrases ‘WRX’ and ‘WRC’ were practically interchangeable. The burbling, blatting Subaru WRX STI clinched the manufacturer’s crown in the World Rally Championship (WRC) for three straight years between 1995 and 1998.
The Subaru 360 was the company’s first mass-production car and was quite advanced for its time – 1958, especially as it was a small budget car for the masses. In the second instalment of our two-part 360 story, MIKE MONK describes the car’s later development and its impact in America.
If in 2006 you were looking for a premium all wheel-drive sports sedan, without a German badge on it, the Subaru legacy 2.5 GT was just the ticket. In fact, Car magazine compared it to a revered Bavarian, considered by many to be the benchmark at the time.