Junkyard Find: 1982 Subaru GL "Third Eye"

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1982 subaru gl third eye

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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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jan 16, 2013

    If that flip up emblem with headlight is still present/operational I think it would be a great accessory to the Murilee Martin junkyard boombox.

  • Camelback Camelback on Apr 02, 2015

    "The driver hit a switch on the turn-signal stalk and the Subaru grille emblem flipped up to expose the Cyclops-style middle headlight." My '82 GL 4WD Hatchback had a "barrel" push on/off switch on the dash to the left of the steering wheel to activate the "cyclops." The center light only worked with low beams. When you put the high beams on "cyclops" went to sleep.

  • Sayahh Is it 1974 or 1794? The article is inconsistent.
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  • JamesGarfield What charging network does the Polestar use?
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  • Stuki Moi What Subaru taketh away in costs, dealers will no doubt add right back in adjustments.... Fat chance Subaru will offer a sufficient supply of them.