Junkyard Find: 1991 Subaru Justy 4WD

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

Weirdly vivid car colors were all the rage in the early 1990s, along with clear products, and so this Justy’s Cherenkov Radiation Turquoise paint fit right in with the times. Sadly, the jarring hue and econo-four-wheel-drive weren’t enough to save this rust-free, 5-speed-equipped Subaru sedan from The Crusher’s cold jaws.

Many of these cars came with anti-fun CVT transmissions, but this one has a traditional manual.

Not only that, it’s the futuristic fuel-injected version, not the last-gasp-of-the-carburetor model.

The Unnecessarily Blue interior just screams “1991!” I found this car right after seeing this very solid red Justy 4WD in my neighborhood. Maybe I need to start Justy shopping, for a Denver winter car. How much could a nice one cost?

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Dimwit Dimwit on Jul 02, 2011

    Christ, this thing only has a 100K miles on it! It shouldn't be anywhere near here.

  • Big_gms Big_gms on Jul 02, 2011

    It looks way too nice to be in a junkyard. Here in Wisconsin, I regularly see cars on the road that look far worse than this one: peeling paint, rust holes, accident damage, etc. Some are so bad I can't believe they're still going. Seeing a car this nice in the junkyard is surreal.

  • Geozinger Put in the veggie garden (Western Michigan, we still can get frost this late in the year) finished the remainder of the landscaping updates and hand washed both my beater Pontiac and the Town and Country! Going to the beach today...
  • Rochester I wouldn't obsess over the rate of change, it's happening whether we want it or not.
  • EBFlex At the summer property putting boats in the water, leveling boat lifts, cleaning the lots for summer, etc. Typical cabin stuff in the most beautiful place on the planet
  • Lou_BC I've I spent the past few days in what we refer to as "the lower mainland". I see Tesla's everywhere and virtually every other brand of EV. I was in downtown Vancouver along side a Rivian R1T. A Rivian R1S came off as side street and was following it. I saw one other R1S. 18% of new vehicles in BC are EV'S. It tends to match what I saw out my windshield. I only saw 2 fullsized pickups. One was a cool '91 3/4 ton regular cab. I ran across 2 Tacoma's. Not many Jeeps. There were plenty of Porches, Mercedes, and BMW's. I saw 2 Aston Martin DBX707's. It's been fun car watching other than the stress of driving in big city urban traffic. I'd rather dodge 146,000 pound 9 axle logging trucks on one lane roads.
  • IBx1 Never got the appeal of these; it looks like there was a Soviet mandate to create a car with two doors and a roof that could be configured in different ways.