Remember the mid-mounted “passing light” Subaru installed in some of its Late Malaise Era cars? I had forgotten all about this oddball option until I ran across this ’82 in a Denver wrecking yard.
The driver hit a switch on the turn-signal stalk and the Subaru grille emblem flipped up to expose the Cyclops-style middle headlight. Subaru buyers didn’t see the point, and most of them skipped this option.
The resemblance to the early Honda Accord is quite strong from this angle.
There was once a time, back in the Dark Ages, when four-wheel-drive had to be selected with a lever in Subaru cars. Why, that’s like something you’d have to do in an AMC Eagle (though the Eagle used a dash switch instead of a floor lever).
The boxer engine design has served Subaru well for more than four decades now. Lots of these EAs going to The Crusher these days.
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